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 ten of our Go Math! textbook, we will be discussing how we can tell time and use measurement to describe the size of something. Our first five lessons will focus on time; how we can tell time to the nearest minute using an analog and digital clock, how we can tell whether to use A.M. or P.M. time, how we can measure elapsed time, how to find the starting time and ending time when you know elapsed time, and how we can draw a diagram to help us solve problems with time. The last four lessons will focus on measuring length, liquid volume, and mass. We will learn how we can measure length to the nearest half or fourth inch and use measurement data to create a line plot. We will be estimating and measuring liquid volume in liters and mass in grams and kilograms. Our final lesson will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing to solve problems involving liquid volume and masses. 


In our third social studies chapter, we will be focusing on Native American tribes and their homes. We will be reading and answering questions about wigwams, longhouses, plank houses, tipis, pueblo homes, adobe houses, and wattle and daub houses. We will be discussing the advantages of each of these homes, making some of our very own, and debating which climates suit each of these homes. Then we will transition into a conversation about the Age of Exploration and how this effected the Native American tribes living in North America. We will research why European explorers wanted to come to the Americas, what tools they needed for exploration, the names of different explorers and their findings, and who sponsored each of these voyages. Our chapter will conclude with a discussion about two early European settlements; Jamestown and Roanoke. We will write our own opinion pieces on what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke and discover how Jamestown was as successful as they were. 



Words with Double Consonants
jelly, bottom, pillow, happen, butter, lesson, cherry, sudden, arrow, dollar, hello, rabbit, letter, button, stubborn, & mirror

This week we will be talking about contractions. You can put together two words and make a contraction. An apostrophe (') takes the place of any letter or letters that are left out. Many contractions combine a verb with not. Rhe contraction won't is special. You form it with the words will not and change the spelling. You can put a pronoun and a verb together to make a contraction. An apostrophe replaces the letter or letters that are left out. 

Comprehension Skills and Strategies
This week we will be reading "The Power of Magnets." As we read and reread this story as a whole class, with a partner, and independently we will be discussing cause and effect relationships.

We will be working on our very first narrative writing piece. We will be talking about how narratives focus on "seed" or small parts of an important memory rather than "watermelon" the whole memory itself. Our first personal narrative will be about an important moment that happened to us in school. We will be thinking about who was with us, what happened, how we felt, etc.  

Vocabulary Words
research- careful study of a subject or problem
tools- a device, such as a hammer or an ax, that is specifically made or shaped to help a person do work
familiar- well known, as from repeated experience
gadget- a small mechanical device
invention- an original, device, system, or process
experiment- a test to find out or prove something
electric- of, relating to, or produced by electricity
power- the force, strength, or ability to do something
prove- to show to be true by backing up with facts
improve- to make better


In chapter nine, the students will learn more about the Church and the ways in which the Church teaches us. Through these readings we will learn about how the Church is the Body of Christ and the People of God, how we can profess our faith through the Apostle's Creed, how the Holy Spirit guides the Church, and how the Church continues to teach the true message of Jesus. The Apostle's Creed was the first creed proclaimed and accepted by the early Church. During this chapter we will be completing activities to help us memorize the Apostle's Creed. Please recite this prayer with your children at home as this is a prayer that they must know when entering the fourth grade. 

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In our last science chapter for the year, we will be talking about fossils! Students will take a deep dive into fossils by exploring the different types of fossils and how fossils form. Students will relate fossil data to past environments and connect the fossil record to the geologic time scale. Students will investigate climate change and learn how scientists argue on the basis of fossil evidence. 

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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.