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.

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.

Current Curriculum 

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Our fourth Go Math! chapter will continue to teach us about multiplication. Students will focus on memorizing their math multiplication facts in lessons that are tailored to facts that are multiples of one another. For example, there will be a lesson for multiplying by 2 and 4, 3 and 6, & 5 and 10. We will continue to count equal groups, use repeated addition, skip count on a number line, model with arrays, and use the commutative property (1 x 2 = 2 x 1) to help us to solve unknown facts. We are going to be introduced to a multiplication chart as well, which we can use to discover patterns and solve unknown facts. *Multiplication timed quizzes will continue everyday of this chapter. As your child masters a times table, he or she moves up the next number's facts. Please be sure that you are practicing these facts with your child at home daily. 


"Our Environment" will focus on how the environment influences how we live and when there is a change in that environment we must adapt our living conditions to survive. The chapter will start by talking about the seven continents, the five oceans, and the five regions of the United States. We will be making our own models of these inside of the classroom and then taking quizzes to memorize where these are located on a map. With our map study of each region, we will be focusing on what each is known for. For example, the midwest region is known for mining and the Southwest region is known for their homes made of adobe. The chapter progresses into readings about landforms, elevation maps, weather, climate, vegetation, ecosystems, agricultural regions, industrial regions, renewable resources, nonrenewable resources, conservation, erosion, recycling, irrigation, modification, and adaptation. 



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This week we will be talking about dialogue. Quotation marks are used to show dialogue, or the exact words a person or character says. Put quotation marks at the beginning and the end of a person or character's exact words. For example. Sherry said, "I am determined to grow flowers in my yard."Always capitalize the first word of the speaker's exact words. If the quotation comes first, add a comma, question mark, or exclamation point inside the quotation marks at the end of the speaker's words and add a period at the end of the sentence. If the quotation comes last, add a comma at the end of the tag and a question mark, exclamation point, or period inside the quotation marks. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking closely at what the characters do and what happens as a result. What message about life can we learn from the story? That message is the theme. We will be using story details about the plot and the characters to help us identify the theme.

We will be starting our writing unit on opinion pieces this month. Opinion pieces require students to introduce their subject, state their opinion, supply at least three reasons for their opinion that will convince their reader, and a strong concluding statement retelling their opinion. We will spend most of this month using sentence frames and orally responding to prompts to practice this skill. 

Vocabulary Words
crops - plants that are grown, especially those grown for food
profit - the amount of money left after the costs of doing business is subtracted from the amount of money earned
scowled - made an angry facial expression
grunted - made a short, low sound in the back of the throat
hollered - yelled
risky - dangerous
tugged - pulled strongly
plucked - pulled off or out quickly

During the month of December, we will be preparing for the celebration of Christmas. We will begin the month by discussing the church season Advent. Advent gets its name from the Latin word Adventus, which means coming. The green vines on an Advent wreath symbolize our eternal life. The candles stand for hope, love, peace, and joy. The white candle shows the purity that Jesus had, free from sin. Each week we will color in a new candle to represent the four Sundays in Advent.

We will also be making our very own Jesse Tree! The Jesse Tree is a decorative tree used during Advent to retell the stories of the Bible that lead to Jesus's birth. Since Advent is a season of waiting, a Jesse Tree will help to build joy and anticipation as we wait for Christmas. Each day we will read a story from our Children's Bible and color in the corresponding ornament to place on our tree. 

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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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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.