Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 218! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are somewhat ready for the 2018-2019 school year! I am very excited to be part of your child's education and enjoyed meeting all 19 students last week! We are off to a fantastic start! We will be spending most of the week getting used to and learning new routines while covering all subject areas! This may take a little time, effort, and perseverance – but we will get there!!! Don’t forget that Thursday is Pre K - 4 Open House starting with an important general parent meeting at 6:30 in (the air-conditioned) Church. We promise the parent meeting will only be about 30 minutes in length. Afterwards you are welcome to meet the teachers in third grade for a quick presentation at 7:00, 7:20, and 7:40. Please try to make this night a priority. I know that third grade can be a big adjustment for some students, please know I am here for you and your child if you have any questions or concerns - just send me a note or email (email@example.com), and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to a terrific year! 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. Have a wonderful week and don’t forget NO school on Monday – Labor Day – Enjoy it!!
*I told the kids it was okay to bring in a water bottle for the week due to the heat!
**Please keep Fr. Purtell in your thoughts and prayers.
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 – Each student is required to take at least 1 accelerated reading test each week at their reading level. This does count as homework and as a reading grade.
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, Therese Regnier, and Mary Ellen Schiavone