3-1 Miss J. Prisco

Welcome to the 3rd Grade! ‚Äč

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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In chapter eight of our Go Math textbook we will be using fractions to describe how much or how many. We will be talking about how equal parts make a whole, how we can make equal shares, what do the top and bottom numbers of fractions tell us, how a fraction names a part of a whole, how we can represent and locate fractions on a number line, when we could use a fractions greater than 1 or a whole number, how a fraction can name part of a group, how a fraction can tell how many are in part of a group, and how to draw a diagram to solve fraction problems. Our vocabulary words will be eighths, equal parts, fourths, halves, sixths, thirds, whole, fraction, unit fraction, denominator, numerator, and fraction greater than 1. We will be reading two stories to help introduce us to fractions. The story "Full House: An Invitation to Fractions" will help us visualize how many of the 6 hotel rooms are filled in the Strawberry Inn as new guests check in. The story "Give Me Half" will talk us through the many different ways that we can share the foods we eat equally with our friends and family. We will also be making kites and coloring them in using six colors of our choice. With those six colors we will create a pattern for our kite and then write on the rope which fraction represents how much each color was used.


"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. 



Compound Words
birthday, anyone, sometimes, everything, homework, afternoon, airplane, grandmother, something, without, himself, faraway, sunburned, daylight, someone, cannot, scorekeeper, & everybody.


This week we will be talking about adverbs. Words that describe verbs are called adverbs. Adverbs can tell how an action happens. Most adverbs that tell how end in ly. Adverbs can come before or after the verbs they describe. Adverbs can also tell where and when something happens.  

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "Life on Ice" As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be looking for the main idea or the most important points that the author makes. Look for supporting details, including facts and examples, that provide more information. 

We have been reading a Dr. Seuss book a day to help celebrate Read Across America month and Dr. Seuss' birthday, of course. We will be writing a summary of our favorite story this week with an opinion piece on why this is the best book he has written. Then we will write a recommendation for this book to someone who will enjoy it just as much as we have!

Vocabulary Words
wilderness- a wild, not lived in area of land
gliding- sliding, moving, or flying along with ease
region- a certain area or space
colony- a group of people or animals that live together
shelter- a place that covers or protects
unexpected- without warning
overheated- heated beyond the safe point
constant- always the same
climate- usual weather conditions in an area over many years
layer- one thickness


For Lent, we will be talking about how we plan to spend these next 40 days. We will discuss how Lent is a time for prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. We will take part in a school wide chain highlighting which of these we do each week and how. 

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We will be talking about how animals adapt to their environment to survive. We will be discussing how some animals migrate or move to a warmer area when the temperatures drop. Certain animals have built in adaptations that help them to survive in their environments on their own. For example, a seal has a layer of fat that helps them stay warm in cold waters. We will be learning about conservation biologists and how they work to preserve animal habitats. We will come up with our own innovative ways to save our planets organisms!

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We will be learning about the body systems and how each system is responsible to our growth and development. 

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.