Welcome to Third Grade!
Third Grade is often a big transition year where students soar to new heights. More responsibilities and expectations are placed on the child. For the first time, students are responsible for writing their nightly homework in agenda books, organizing a desk with textbooks and supplies, maintaining and using textbooks, and developing study skill habits required for test taking. Exposure to many interesting and valuable learning experiences on a daily basis will support the emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social needs of all of our third graders. We expect great things from our students and know they can and will meet their fullest potential.
The Year at a Glance Reading
An important aspect of third grade is to continuously develop and enhance your child’s reading ability (phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension). Because reading practice has shown to be an indicator of academic success, I ask that students take the opportunity to read each night at home. Students can either read with an adult, older child, or by themselves. Students should gradually work up to reading for 30 minutes at a time over the course of the school year. Students can read books obtained from the school library, the public library, or ones they have at home. Throughout the year, students may be required to complete a reading indicating the book(s) they read during the week. Listed below are some ways you can help your child succeed in reading
- When your child has difficulty with a sight word (one that can be phonetically sounded out), model how to sound out the word and have them copy you. Then read the word the "fast" way and have them do the same.
- When your child has difficulty with a non sight word (ie. guitar) read the word to your child and then have them repeat it to you.
- If your child has difficulty with an entire sentence, assist them in reading it and then have them reread it to you.
- Ask them questions as they read that require more than yes/no answers. This will help with comprehension.
Students will explore the community and world around them throughout science and social studies. They will learn about the people, businesses, and services that make a community thrive. Students will also have a great time in science, focusing on earth's resources, matter and energy, and behavior, growth, and changes of living things. They will also develop a sense of self as they study nutrition, body systems, and healthy ways of living.
Throughout the year students are encouraged to think about and model the concepts of the Gospel Values. These concepts will enhance the development and success of your child in third grade and beyond. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the Catholic Church, saints, the Holy Trinity, sacraments, prayers, and much more.
Students will have the chance to strengthen their basic math skills as well as dive into the wonderful world of multiplication, division, fractions, higher order numbers, and much more. It is critical that students master their basic addition and subtraction facts before moving on to multiplication, division, etc. Although we work with students on these basic skills, students should review their facts daily at home.
This year, students will transition from simple sentence writing to more complex paragraph writing. We will work on the writing process, creating persuasive, explanatory, creative, and comparison essays, as well as letter writing.
Third grade utilizes self-corrective spelling, an evidence based model that enhances students' spelling skills and retention of words. Students will also have a weekly spelling contract with a multitude of activities/assignments from which they can choose to complete.