3-1 Miss J. Prisco

Welcome to the 3rd Grade! 


Throughout the course of the year our young students will be faced with many academic challenges and adventures. Our mathematics curriculum will build on the concepts of addition and subtraction while introducing the new topics of multiplication, division, geometry, and fractions. Some features of the language arts program are grammar, spelling, phonics, and writing workshops. Students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres and are encouraged to read and write for their enjoyment. Social studies and science are explored through research and hands on projects. Through our religion program students are guided to a deeper understanding of their faith.

The children are learning organizational skills to help them this year. Each child will be responsible for writing their own homework assignments down each day. If your child should be absent for any reason their homework will be listed on class pages under the homework tab. It is required that your child's homework be signed by a parent each night. If your child's homework is not signed it will be marked as incomplete.

In 3-1, we wear our gym uniforms on Mondays and are expected to wear our full dress uniforms when we have mass. For mass dates please check our class calendar. 

Our Scholastic book order code is 5GQGK. Order forms will be sent out at the beginning of each month. Ordering books through Scholastic will provide our class with free goodies. Remember that third graders should finish 20 books by the end of the year. This should be a breeze with monthly book reports and nightly reading logs.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail me anytime at 
jprisco5547@staidanschool.org.

In the event of a delayed opening, all third grade students must bring lunch and drinks to school. We will not be going to the Upper School for lunch. As the weather changes please make sure your children are dressed properly for the cooler weather. We walk every day to the Upper School for lunch and recess. We will be outdoors for recess if the temperature is above freezing.

Please sign and return ALL TESTS.

We do not have Snack in 3rd grade and will not be having birthday celebrations in the classrooms.

If you are changing your child's dismissal for any reason please send a written note with your child to school informing us of the change. 

Current Curriculum 

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Math
Our second Go Math! chapter will deal with organizing data. Students will learn how to read and create frequency tables, picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots. Students will then use their knowledge of these graphs to solve one to two step word problems comparing data shown in graphs. At the completion of this chapter, students will gather their own data by asking their classmates a research question of their choice (For example, What is your favorite food?) and providing their classmates with four or five options to choose from. Once their classmates have taken their votes, students will use the data from their research question to create a frequency table, a bar graph, a picture graph, and a line graph. This project will count as a test grade!


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SOCIAL STUDIES
We will be talking about communities and the three different types; urban, suburban, and rural. Urban communities are located in cities. Suburban communities are just like ours, outside of cities. Rural communities are on farmland with crops and grassland. People establish different communities to meet their basic needs. Every person in a community is responsible for making their community a good place. A place where people live, work, and have fun!
 We will also be expanding our knowledge of map skills. Our cardinal directions are North, South, East, and West. In this chapter we will be introduced to our intermediate directions (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). We have seen many maps but do we know the difference between physical and political? Physical maps show us land forms on a map, while political maps show us cities, capitals, and state boundaries. We will pin point exact locations on a map using longitude and latitude. *Think lat is flat* These lines run parallel to the Equator. Longitude lines run parallel to the Prime Meridian. We will even learn how to use a map key with a map scale to show how far one place is from another. Get your rulers ready! 



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ELA 

Phonics
math, toast, easy, socks, Friday, stuff, paid, cheese, June, elbow, program, shiny, piles, sticky, each, both, comb, and holiday.

Grammar
This week we will be talking about verbs. A verb is a word that tells what people or things do. Words that show action, or something that is done, are action verbs. Some verbs do not show action. The verbs am, is, are, was, and were are examples of being verbs. They are forms of the verb be. They tell what someone or something is or was. Am, is, and are show present tense. Was and were show past tense.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Bat Loves the Night" by Nicola Davies. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be discussing sequence of events as Bat wakes up and goes out to hunt in the night. We will be looking for signal words such as now, then, and soon to help us understand the connection between sentences and paragraphs. 

Writing
We have finished looking at what makes a strong paragraph. We know that a well organized paragraph needs a topic sentence, relevant details, and a closing sentence. We will be spending the next month practicing written paragraphs with October themed writing activities. 

Vocabulary Words
Detail - each part of several items of information
Squeak - a short, high-pitched sound
Echoes - repeating sounds caused by the rebounding of sound waves from a surface
Swoops - to descend quickly with a sweeping motion
Twitch - to move with a slight jerk
Slithers - to move in a slippery way
Doze - to sleep lightly
Snuggles - to curl up closely





RELIGION
In chapter three we will talk about Jesus and how He has power over life and death, how He will come again, how he will judge all people, and how he teaches us to love others. During the month of October, we will be making crafts to honor Mary and practice saying the rosary. For All Saint's Day we will be completing research projects on individual saints!



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SCIENCE
We will be talking about life cycles, hereditary traits, and environmental factors! Students will explore the stages of life cycles and make comparisons between organisms. They will see that all life cycles follow the same pattern. We will study how offspring inherit traits that make them similar to their parents. Students will research and provide evidence to show that traits can vary in a group of similar organisms. Students will see that the environment can influence the characteristics of living things. 


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HEALTH
We will be learning about nutrition and using the My Food Plate diagram to make healthy choices. 


Our classroom saint is Saint Ignatius Loyola


Here is what we know about our saint so far...

The patron of the Jesuit Order and Retreats
Born on December 24th, 1491 in Azpeitia at the castle of Loyola in the Kingdom of Navarre, Spain 
Feast Day is July 31st 
Date of Death is July 31, 1556
He died of natural causes

The monogram of the Jesuit order, I. H. S. (an acronym of the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator (Jesus, Saviour of man) is how he is represented in Catholic paintings.


                                                 



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