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 

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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Our very first Go Math chapter will have us using our knowledge of place value to understand how to round to the nearest 10 and to the nearest 100. Within this chapter we will also be reviewing how to add and subtract numbers within 1000 and how to solve two-step word problems. We will be using the CUBES strategy which we used in first grade to identify the important information in the problem. The students will be introduced to properties of addition, such as the Commutative Property that allows us to switch our addends around and have the same sum. For example, 3 + 9 = 12 and 9 + 3 = 12. Remember when rounding to the nearest 10, look at the number in your ones place. When rounding to the nearest 100, look at the number in your tens place. Don't forget the rhyme: 5 or more, add one more. 4 or less, let it rest!


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!



spoke, mile, save, excuse, cone, invite, cube, price, erase, ripe, broke, flame, life, rule, these, those, surprise, decide

We will be talking about the four kinds of sentences. A sentence that tells something is a statement. It ends with a period. It is also called a declarative sentence. A sentence that asks something is a question. It ends with a question mark. It is also called an interrogative sentence. A command is a sentence that tells someone to do something. It ends with a period. It is called an imperative sentence. An exclamation is a sentence that shows strong feeling, such as excitement, surprise, or fear. It ends with an exclamation point. It is also called an exclamatory sentence. All kinds of sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with proper punctuation.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
Our story this week will be "The Trial of Cardigan Jones" by Tim Egan. As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently, we will be talking about drawing conclusions from story details. Who is guilty? Let's use clues from the story to help us decide! 

We will begin by looking at what makes a strong paragraph. We will be looking at various paragraphs and identifying if each one has a topic sentence, relevant details, and a closing sentence. This will be a good introduction to getting us into writing our own opinion, informational, and narrative paragraphs. 

Vocabulary Words
trial, jury, convince, guilty, pointed, honest, murmur, stand 

In Chapter one we will talk about God's son Jesus and how He was sent here to show us how to live. Jesus showed us through His actions and words.

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We will begin our first Science chapter once our Social Studies unit on communities is complete!

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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.