Happy Rainy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed the long fall-like weekend and had time to relax! Things are transitioning well here in Room 218! I am truly impressed with the kids and what they are accomplishing in such a short period of time! We have a short and busy week coming up here in third grade! We will be reading Anthony Reynosa – Born to Rope in class while working on author’s purpose in Reading. Sentences, subjects and predicates will keep us busy in English. Addition strategies, rounding, estimating and review will continue in Math. I’m happy to report that mostly everyone improved on the second timed test - another one will be given on Friday – The best score of all three tests will be recorded. Every day we get a little better! Organisms will be the topic in Science, and we will begin note taking in our notebooks. We will be celebrating our first all school mass on Friday at 1:00 pm – Please join us if you’re able to. Accelerated Reading tests or Book Reports will begin next week. A note regarding the AR/Book Report policy will be sent home this week so the kids and you will know how this will work. Thanks in advance for your support with this weekly requirement. Never hesitate to call or email me regarding your son or daughter with questions or concerns. Thanks also for checking the planners each night and signing them and for going over the Friday Folders and new Friday Letter Notebook. We are off to a great start! Have a wonderful week! I am looking forward to meeting with you on Wednesday night at Meet the Teacher (6:30 – 8:00)! Have a WONDERFUL week!
*Special Lunch Wednesday – Baraccos
Below I have included a detailed note about what you can expect in third grade. Take a few minutes to look it over when you have the time.
Welcome to Third Grade at St. John Fisher! We are so excited for the new school year and the new growth that will be sure to happen over the next nine months in your child’s height, weight, and KNOWLEDGE! We have much to accomplish! At this time we would like to take the opportunity to share a quick glimpse of what you can expect regarding the 3rd grade classroom curriculum, schedules and procedures.
MATH – We use the GO MATH series - We know it can be challenging, but we also know that the core of our Math curriculum is the same as it has always been. Students will become effective problem solvers by first understanding math concepts. They should already be fluent in the basic facts of addition and subtraction - multiplication and division mastery is the goal by the end of third grade! They need to know how to use computation skills and how to apply appropriate problem solving strategies. How do we accomplish all of this??? With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes! We will be incorporating manipulatives, extensive practice, technology, review, and nightly homework to help build the foundation for all future math classes. We will also be preparing the students how to explain and show their work using the A.C.E. method in Math to help prepare us for the Aspire Test that will be given later in the year. Anything you can do to encourage and assist your child in building their “real life” Math experience is greatly appreciated!
READING – We will be exploring weekly stories, articles, passages, and read alouds that incorporate lessons in vocabulary, phonics, fluency, literacy skills, comprehension, extended response, and writing. All students have a workbook and will use a notebook in Reading class. Students will have Reading homework 2 to 3 nights a week. We will be spending a great deal of time teaching the students how to use the S.L.A.M. method in responding to questions about their reading (reState question – Locate evidence – Add to the idea/Make a conclusion). A weekly reading test or assessment will be given with the focus being on vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing. Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year. Third graders are shifting from Learning to Read to Reading to Learn!
ENGLISH – In third grade, grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech will be covered. Writing and writing and more writing will play a vital role in all subject areas. We will be working on opinion pieces, narratives, and informational types of writing. Simple informative research reports will also be assigned later in the year.
SPELLING – Each week your child will receive a new spelling list containing 15 unit words, 5 challenge words, and 5 core curricular words for a total of 25 words. Spelling tests are given on Fridays.
SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES – Science and Social Studies will be taught during each trimester, however they will not be taught at the same time. We will begin with a Science unit and when completed, we will move on to Social Studies. This format will continue for the duration of the year. Third graders love learning about animals, matter, geography and our city, Chicago, among other topics.
RELIGION – The goal of our Religion program is to learn and understand more about our Catholic faith and values. Third Grade will attend mass each Wednesday. As students have just made their First Communion, Sunday mass attendance is strongly encouraged. Please be the one to inspire and enhance your child’s relationship with God!
HOMEWORK – Homework is written in the assignment notebooks each day. Students are being taught and are responsible to use the notebook every day. Please check your child’s assignment notebook each night and sign it. When homework is incomplete or missing, students are held accountable immediately by losing minutes at recess depending on the assignment. You will be notified when your child is missing homework. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if there are any homework related problems. Outside of formal homework, your child should be reading 20 minutes nightly- this cannot be stressed enough for personal reading growth!
ACCELERATED READER/BOOK REPORT – Each student is required to take at least 1 accelerated reading test or complete a simple book report each week at their reading level. This does count as homework and as a reading grade. AGAIN – Please encourage nightly reading. It is essential for their development in reading skills.
DISCIPLINE – The discipline policy this year is based on a demerit/ detention system. The students have been told how the program works, and you will always be informed when discipline problems arise. We appreciate your support in all disciplinary actions.
In conclusion, we will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is a time for students to begin to assume responsibilities for their education and become life-long learners, but they definitely still require guidance from school and home. Please be sure to review the Friday Folder each week with your child. It is the best method to monitor your child’s progress. Also be sure to check out our third grade blogs for weekly information. Thank you in advance for all your cooperation and support.
Sincerely, The Third Grade Teachers - Sally Caulfield, Holly Psik, and Therese Regnier