Welcome to 3rd Grade Classroom!
Welcome to Third Grade!
I am honored to be the third-grade teacher at Our Lady of Refuge and I am really looking forward to getting to know both you and your child. This is going to be a fun-filled and productive year that gives your child many opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Third grade is a very pivotal year as students learn to become more independent and responsible. They also gain important skills, like planning and organization, that they will build on throughout the year. In our classroom, we will focus on creating a loving and compassionate environment which focuses on our Catholic faith to help strengthen our spirituality throughout the year. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our classroom.
Please read this brief overview of our curriculum and feel free to reach out to me if you should have any questions.
Students will strengthen their relationship with God by learning that Jesus is the perfect image of God and understanding how they can look to Jesus as a role model in their everyday lives. Students will also learn about the Church as the Body of Christ, the 7 sacraments, and the 10 Commandments. Throughout the school year students participate in school masses to strengthen their Catholic faith.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/READING
This year students will begin their transition from learning to read to reading to learn. To help with this transition we will be reading two short novels as a class and using them as ways to work on their reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students will also gain an understanding of how to decode informational text in order to determine main ideas, recount key details, and establish point of view. Please help your child develop their love for reading by incorporating reading into part of your daily family time for at least 30 minutes a day. Allow your child the chance to pick something they’re interested in to read. For example, a magazine article about their favorite sports team or a comic book. Your local library is a great place to find a variety of reading materials. In writing, students will be encouraged to write in their journals daily. We will also be creating opinion pieces, informatory texts, and narratives.
Math is very exciting in the third grade! It begins with review of addition and subtraction skills. As the year progresses, students will learn and master multiplication and division facts up through 12. Third graders will also build on concepts of time, geometry, fractions, and measurement. They will also be introduced to the concepts of long and short division, three-digit multiplication, probability, and decimals. To help your child, please work with them on problem solving skills and encourage them to help in the kitchen or at the grocery store and highlight when math is involved. It is also a great idea to download fun and free math games/apps.
This year in science students will focus on the vocabulary words and concepts of each unit in our science curriculum. Third graders will learn about plant life, animal life, rocks, minerals, space, and properties of matter. We will also conduct hands-on activities and experiments and evaluate the results as a class.
In social studies there is a large emphasis on how different communities live. Students learn about the geography, culture, and history of specific areas and how these areas compare to their own communities. They are taught about Native American history and how it relates to the California Missions. Students also use map skills throughout the school year to answer questions about the subject.
I am truly looking forward to teaching your child and working with you to help him or her achieve their fullest potential! Again, if you have any questions about this school year, please feel free to contact me.