3rd grade we begin to shift towards an interdisciplinary team-teaching approach to prepare the children for middle school. We emphasize the importance of working independently. Along with continued coursework within our core and specialty curriculum, we begin to fully integrate our online learning management system, library and technology resources in all we do.
3rd grade, students are measured in each subject area by the following grading scale:
F Below 69
Our students are also measured in other areas such as effort, study skills, and other social and emotional development areas. We measure this on a Proficient, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement scale.
We always welcome ongoing communication between the teacher and parent throughout the course of the year as a means of measuring how the child is progressing. A strong parent-teacher relationship is
critical to one’s success.
We believe in positive parent-school communications and encourage an ongoing dialogue between our parents and teachers. The way in which we communicate and interact with parents directly affects how involved our parents are with our students’ learning outside of the classroom. The more open the communication, the more effective parents will be in knowing how to help and support their children
n the spirit of helping our students grow strong in mind, body, and spirit, we believe students perform best when they are well-rested and have a balanced level of activities to explore their talents outside of the classroom.
We also believe homework is important in establishing strong, life-long study skills and habits. There is a balance to strike, but we also feel students build self-discipline, self-confidence, and become increasingly more responsible for their own learning when they successfully complete their homework.
Our homework assignments fulfill one or more of the following objectives:
Recommended Time Spent on Homework
Grade 3: 25-35 minutes
We encourage parent participation in reinforcing what their children are learning at home, but we also create many opportunities for parents to participate in the classroom and with extracurricular activities. Whether it’s reading a story to the children, helping with a craft, speaking on a topic being taught in class, helping with an athletics event, or working backstage for the school play, we believe parents are a critical part of developing our children in mind, body, spirit.
Students are introduced to a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature which we integrate into our phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and writing lessons. Students are expected to read and comprehend different types of genres. We emphasize the need to recognize punctuation, appropriate expression, and intonation when reading. Our program uses a variety of reading comprehension strategies such as predicting, inferring, making connections, drawing conclusions, reread, read ahead, question, and paraphrasing. We have a monthly reading program to encourage independent reading to increase vocabulary, concepts, and reading stamina. Each week we have a total of 20 spelling words and a weekly vocabulary unit to reinforce phonics, word study, grammar, and writing. Regular assessments are given to the students to validate concepts, identify areas where students may need improvement, and to teach test-taking skills. We offer multiple opportunities for the students to build oral presentation and communication skills. Students learned all the cursive letters begin writing in cursive regularly. All spelling test and most subjects other than math students are expected to write in cursive.
Mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers is a goal of third grade math. Students take weekly timed tests on the addition and subtraction facts and focus on multiplication and division for the rest of the year. The development of problem-solving skills is an essential goal at this grade level. Students have many opportunities to use the skills involved with computation, estimation, time, money, measurement, geometry, graphing, probability, and algebra to solve a wide variety of everyday problems.
Our 3rd graders understand the differences between the New and Old Testament and identify the Gospels as a major part of the New Testament. They are able to tell the stories of Jesus’ birth, passion, death, and resurrection as well as other stories and parables such as the Prodigal Son and the Loaves and the Fishes. The children learn and name the Seven Sacraments and understand how they are a celebration of god’s love. We learn the word Creed and understand the four marks of the church – one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. The children know who Jesus’ apostles were, the Mary as the mother of Jesus and our Mother, and can identify the Pope and the Bishops as leaders of the Catholic Church. The students come to truly understand the Ten Commandments, know that the Eucharist expresses God’s love for us and calls us to service, and they understand the difference between temptation, accident, and sin. Lastly, the children recognize examples of how to work for justice and peace as well as practice stewardship in parish, community and around the world. And, there service activities are a means of reinforcing all they have learned throughout the year.
Third grade science is focused on physical, earth and life sciences. Students explore magnetism and electricity, the difference between a rock and a mineral, and the basic structures of plants and animals. Science skills include making detailed observations, asking questions, measuring, classifying, predicting, using information to make inferences, recording information, and drawing conclusions. In the area of physical science, we focus on simple machines, energy, and a basic understanding of matter. We explore patterns in the natural world such as phases of the moon, tides, seasonal changes, and animal life cycles.
In 3rd grade, we compare decades and centuries. Discuss archaeology and its importance in historical research. Explore the time line of immigration and its influence on the local community, and American culture. The students learn about the beginnings of America from the viewpoint of Native peoples, Explorers, Settlers, and Pioneers. We expand their knowledge of local history utilizing biographies, and discussion of customs and traditions. We identify the needs for and types of inventions in American history. We utilize maps, the four hemispheres, equator, and the prime meridian to compare and contrast selected cultures from around the world to local culture. We identify and distinguish among urban, suburban, rural, and shore communities using charts and graphs and maps and using or visiting local geographic and historical landmarks. Discuss their significance and the importance of preserving them. Lastly, our students continue to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and national government.