Welcome to third grade. This is a very exciting and challenging year for your child. The third graders are now solidifying their primary years to make a good transition into intermediate grades next year. It is a year of growth and challenge and as their teacher. Students in third grade should begin to be more independent in homework, opinions and ideas! I love to be part of this process! Parents should encourage students as much as possible to become more independent in these ways. I look forward to being an important part of your child’s learning along with you. Thank you in advance for all of your support in emphasizing the importance of learning and always doing your best.
Each child entering my classroom is a unique and special individual with their own talents and qualities. All students have a right to a good learning environment. My job as their third grade teacher is to ensure that class is conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect. When one person is speaking, others are quiet and listening. We laugh with and not at others. I expect the children to do their best at following directions, being prepared, trying hard in all academic areas, and respecting school property and the property of others.
HomeworkStudents are assigned homework every Monday through Thursday. There id some reading, long-term projects or test studying required over weekends. Parents will be informed through the year. It is each student’s responsibility to copy their daily assignments into their agenda. Each student should spend 30 minutes each night completing assigned work (Monday through Thursday) and encouraging at least one hour of reading with you or on their own a week. There is a weekly reading log to turn on Fridays. The homework assigned is never a new concept; it is always a reinforcement of what we have done in class. Therefore, please make homework your child’s responsibilty. If an emergency interferes with homework, however, please write a note and arrangements will be make. Please encourage as much independence as possible. If the time goes over the thirty minutes, please email me.
Our classroom is safe and special. There is a lot of time at the beginning of the year focusing on how we are to act in the classroom and around the school as well as how to be friends with each other. I encourage the students to use good judgment and make positive choices. Positive choices enhance our learning environment and allow each child to grow. I like to motivate the third graders to become more responsible, in behavior as well, by taking control over their own behavior. To help accomplish this goal, students are rewarded with various coupons when I see “On Target” behavior and use the “Right On Target” discipline system.
A pocket chart is set up in our classroom for each child. In each pocket there is a series of color coded cards. If a child chooses not to follow classroom rules, a card will be removed from his/her pocket. Each card will have specific meaning.
Blue: On target
Green: A warning
Yellow: Lose five minutes of recess
Pink: Lose a recess and problem solve
Orange: The above and a phone call to parents
Purple: Sent to the principal’s office
The next day all pockets are back to blue for a fresh start. The chart goes home at the end of the week and you, as parents, have a chance to review your child’s behavior. We can work together to encourage your child to make positive choices.
The new 2012 edition, Blest are We and Steps to Respect (an anti-bullying curriculum)are the two texts and programs used in fourth grade focusing on:
- The Church is One – The Holy Spirit guides us, Sacraments of Christian Initiation, Love one another
- The Church is Holy – Forgiveness and healing, Reconciliation, Jesus teaches how love
- The Church is Catholic – The Mass, Serving others, Openness
- The Church is Apostolic – Continues the mission of the Apostles, Committed through Sacraments, Commitments
- The Church Has a Mission to the World – Sign of the Kingdom of God, Called to Serve, Witness for Justice and Peace, World Peace
- The Rosary & a Variety of Prayer Experiences
- Conflict and Resolution, Socialization Skills
- Anti-Bullying Program
- Scripture Study
- Community Services
Both Catholic Christian values and Religion curriculum are integrated throughout the day. We begin the day with morning prayers and intentions. Throughout the day we will also have scripture readings, meal blessings, closing prayers, and is integrated within other subject areas. For example in handwriting, when we write scripture verses in our best cursive penmanship or in science when we discuss how God created the world. Fianlly, we have several social justice projects in third grade and with both the school- wide and parish-wide social actions.
Third graders begin the year learning about various reading skills such as book genre, dictionary skills, sequencing, close reading (learning critical thinking skills), etc. This is followed by a unit studying the various genre of folktales. Starting in October, we will be reading a classroom book called: Molly’s Pilgrim. Later, we will be using non-fiction texts to read about immigration through Ellis Island. We will be having an “Immigration Day” in which the children will dress up like an assigned immigrant and pass through “Ellis Island.”
We continue through the year with various books that will be read at different times in small literature circles and large class groups. For instance, we will Bunnicula and The Adventures of Vin Fiz as a class. Later in the year, students will bring in to small literature circles.
Reading and writing will also be integrated into Religion, Science and Social Studies as well for content vocabulary and research.
The Slingerland Method is used. Cursive is reviewed at the beginning of this year and various assignments will be expected to written in cursive once all letters, capitals and lower case letters, are learned.
The Zaner-Bloser program is used along with words that will be integrated throughout the curriculum. The list of spelling words will be obtained from the third grade high frequency list and vocabulary from different subject areas. Students will be learning in-depth about the phonics of the selected spelling list.
Students learn about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prefixes, suffixes, homonyms, homographs and figures of speech. We will be integrating our grammar in writing as well. D.O.L. (Daily Oral Language) is used one to two times a week in the morning to focus in grammar along with various assignments for it.
Each student is required to keep a reading log and read 15 minutes a day Monday through Thursday. At the end of each month, students will present a book report. There will be various assignments as we go, which I keep you informed in the newsletters.
The Six Traits of Writing, the Four Square pre-writing method, and multiple organizers will be modeled and used throughout the year. The focus will be mainly on narrative (creative writing) and expository (factual paragraphs and essays) writing. Students will also learn about comparing and contrasting, poetry, outlines and research papers. Final drafts will be typed into Word, a Power Point presentation or Publisher.
Third grade uses the Go Math! textbook from Houghton Mifflin Harcourtas well as from many other sources. This year, special emphasis will be placed on multiplication and division and mastering these basic facts.
It is essential that students know their addition and subtraction facts with accuracy and speed as they enter third grade. This will help as we continue to build our knowledge base in math. The following concepts will be covered this year:
- Addition and subtraction fluency
- Place value
- Multiplication and division fact concepts and fluency through 12
- Problem solving
- Area and Perimeter
Instruction on the above concepts will be given Monday through Thursday, with homework each of these nights. One of the night’s math homework will be to spend 15 minutes practicing math on IXL. often Friday is our game day, reinforcing the concepts taught that week. Students explore many different approaches to understanding concepts and solving problems. They are asked not only to find answers, but to model the problem and explain how they got their answer.
Catholic Identity and the Student Learning Expectations are an integral part of how math is approached. For instance, we will enter the church and find multiples of three, etc.
ScienceFor science, the Foss Kits are used in many units. Therefore students get a lot of hands-on science opportunities. We will be utilizing our "Maker Space" to learn. The following are what is studied in third grade: Scientific Method; Forms of energy; water; Weather Changes in ecosystems; tidal levels and invertebrates on sea shores; Flight; Electricity and Magnetism. The integration of Catholic identity is vital throughout the science program because God is the Creator of our world.
Social StudiesAt the beginning of the year, students learn map skills. They also learn about North America and Cambodia’s religions and festivals. There is an “Ellis Island” experience in November which leads to family studies and presentations this fall and winter. In the spring we study about Native Americans. We use our critical thinking as we analyze the affects of various cultures.
- Integrated lessons using Microsoft Office: Word, Power Point, and Excel
- IXL Online
- Typing Skills
- Various Apps for Education
Students are graded using standards base assessment. They are not assigned a letter grade but are given a number that corresponds to an academic quality. The goal is for every student to meet standard. Standard numbers are not the equivalent of a letter grade. Listed below are the standard number and a description.
Students learning expectations (SLE’s) refer to behavior, work habits and attitude. They will be listed on the front of the report card.
4- Exceeding Expectation- The student consistently and independently exceeds expectation.
3 - Meeting Expectation - The student frequently meets expectations with minimal assistance.
2.5- Beginning to Meet Expectations - The student is beginning to meet expectations with minimal assistance.
2-Working toward Expectation - The student occasionally meets expectation and requires moderate assistance and redirection.
1-Below Expectation - The student rarely meets expectation and requires considerable assistance and redirection.
Music class for third through fifth grade will focus on liturgical music throughout the year. Students will continue to build their vocal skills by learning liturgical songs for school masses. Each class will be responsible for hosting masses from time to time throughout the year. Students will be required to be a part of the choir for these masses, and a few volunteers will be selected to lead the school in the responsorial psalms and the alleluia verses as a cantor.
Students will also receive training in musical appreciation by listening to songs from different time periods, genres, and cultures to gain a deeper understanding about music. They will be challenged to think critically about what they hear and define clearly what makes a song interesting to them. They will also participate in singing cultural songs, action songs, and basic rhythm and movement to develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch.
At these grade levels, students will begin to study musical theory from a written standpoint. They will learn note names, identify notes on the staff, recognize the bass and treble clefs, identify accidentals and how they modify pitch, as well as practice rhythm notation. Students may even be challenged to identify key signatures and chords.
In December, students will have the exciting opportunity to participate in the school Christmas Program! They will begin rehearsal on a Christmas song they will present at this program!
In the second semester, students will continue their study and rehearsal of liturgical music, music appreciation, and theory as they had in semester one. Semester two will introduce musical instruments. Students will look at how various instruments produce sound (string, percussion, woodwind, and brass) as well as learn to play! 3rd and 4th grade will work with ukuleles as they gain an understanding of how stringed instruments produce sound while 5th grade will work with recorders to read music closely and relate written notes to pitch and what they hear.
Grades in music will reflect students’ participation in class, performance on written assignments, attitude, and adherence to the School-Wide Learning Expectations. On daily participation points, students give themselves a score so they must take accountability for their learning in music class.
I am very excited for the coming school year, and it is truly an honor to be your child’s music teacher this year. Please contact me with any questions!
Physical Education & Health
The Physical Education curriculum is developed to present activities to the children that are appropriate for maturity and developmental level. Instruction is given from a skill continuum and is presented to students when their developmental level allows for success. There is great variability among individual children as to when they will master certain skills. Emphasis is placed on participation for learning. Respectfully, Mrs. Campbell
- Sept.: Activity Pyramid PedometersHealth Related Fitness Components Recess activitiesCholesterol
- Oct.: Healthy Lung Month Inline skate, Respiratory system, Skeletal system
- Nov. Diabetes Inline skate cont., Endocrine system Gymnastics
- Dec.: Muscular system Gymnastics Cont.
- Jan.: Healthy life style check Basketball and volleyball, K of C Hoop Shoot skill stations
- Feb.: Heart Health Rhythms /dance,Jump for Heart/Circulatory system
- Mar.: Digestive system Striking skills station, Nutrition
- Apr. Nervous system Fitness challenge Kicking /Rolling
- May Physical Fitness and Sport Kicking/Batting, Throwing/Catching
- June Summer safety Picnic games leadership, Family recreation Day
Assumption School’s Arts Mission: Through creation God has breathed into each of us precious life and particular gifts. And with that breath we are filled with God-given inspiration. We are each called to develop our creative abilities in order to “…enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man (Pope John Paul II Letter to Artists).” At Assumption Catholic School, we are committed to teaching and fostering the skills of art making, the history of art, and the disciplines of aesthetic inquiry (art appreciation), and art criticism.
In visual arts class, the students will review and build on the elements of art and the principles of organization.
Students in Third Grade will learn: o To recognize religious art used in the home, church, school, and community setting, use and understand the value of arts for worship in spiritual faith development, and identify Catholic images and symbols/sacramental used in the arts for Catholic devotion o About Northwest Coast Native arts, and artists Georgia O’Keefe and Jacob Lawrence
SpanishSpanish is taught twice a week for grade 3 and 4, and three times a week for grade 5. We are using the Calico Spanish Level 2 by Cindy Colyer, Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, and Erica Fischer, versión 2.0. as well as and Español ¡En Vivo! By Sarah Rowan. This curriculum includes Books, Flash Cards, Student Activity Pack, Assessements, CD-ROM, Music CD, and posters.
Reading, writing, listening, conversing and playing games will aid students in learning the language and about other cultures. Students will be able to talk a little more about themselves in Spanish.
Topics we will explore:
- The Body and Feelings
- Celebrations and Traditions
- Seasons, weather, and clothes
- Daily activities and Time
- Dining out
- Prayers and Holidays