WELCOME to Third Grade. Here are some of the highlights to remember throughout the year.
On a weekly basis I will update our 3rd grade Web page, icaberks.org, with Announcements and Homework for the week. The SPECIALS Class Schedule as well as the Reading Wonders Unit Spelling Word and Vocabulary Lists are also found on the Web site. There is a link for helpful websites such as Kahoot.com , Quizlet.con and other websites that correspond with the 3rd grade curriculum too.
We have 6 folders in 3rd grade. The HOME folder will be brought home DAILY with any homework sheets or other important information. The completed class work sent home should be taken out of the folder. Please review this work with your child if needed. The TEST folder will contain the weekly tests and graded papers. PLEASE be sure to SIGN, REVIEW, and RETURN all tests promptly. I will file all tests and graded work for the year.
The YELLOW folder is for MATH worksheets. The RED folder is for ILA worksheets which include Reading, Spelling, and English, and Writing. The BLUE folder is for Science and Social Studies worksheets. We will use the ORANGE folder for Embryology: Our Chick hatching project.
Please CHECK your child’s Catholic Planner DAILY for HOMEWORK and BEHAVIOR. If you send me a note please ask your child to show it to me in the morning. You will find a copy of the CURSIVE Alphabet inside the back cover if needed for writing. Your child will use cursive writing for most of their written work in 3rd grade.
PLEASE SEND A HEALTHY SNACK DAILY
THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM:
DISCIPLINE: If a rule is broken your child is FIRST given a VERBAL WARNING. If a SECOND warning is needed they will be asked to write their name and offense in the BEHAVIOR NOTEBOOK . This is STILL just a WARNING. If your child continues to show negative behavior a THIRD time this will result in a loss of 5 minutes of their LUNCH RECESS time to discuss the negative behavior with me. If needed I will notify you through email or a note in their Catholic Planner of the discipline problem. Please speak with them about the negative behavior. Remember a STAMP or STICKER means a GREAT day!! My goal is to concentrate on the POSITIVE behavior as much as possible. I also give THIRD GRADE ANGEL slips when they are caught doing good. Then I pick a few each week to be winners that get a TREAT from the treasure box.
OPTIONC is our new Grading Program. Our grading system is based on 3 Trimesters. You can check your child’s grades as often as you like. If you lose your password please contact Mr. Pat Mangan at email@example.com the Computer teacher and he can help you. I will need a week or so to post grades after a test is given. All grades in 3rd grade are based on a point-system. Graded papers will have a fraction with the number of points earned over the total number possible. Each subject will have a mixture of tests, quizzes, projects, classwork, homework, etc… used as grades.
We also have a set of IPADs that we will be using to enhance our Curriculum and use with the Smart Boards already in the classroom.
RELIGION: Your child knows that Religion is the most important subject we have here at ICA. Religion tests are usually on Friday as we complete the lesson for the week as announced. Please refer to www.loyolapress.com Christ Our Life website for chapter reviews. We will learn “The Apostles Creed” prayer this year and learn how to pray the Rosary using the Mysteries of the Rosary. I have rosaries that were donated last year to help us pray. We will go to Confession and attend the Stations of the Cross during LENT with the older students.
We are PRAYER PARTNERS with 5TH grade. We will sit with them during mass and are planning some fun and exciting events with them throughout the year!!
ILA: Integrated language Arts which includes, READING, SPELLING, ENGLISH, WRITING, and Cursive Handwriting
READING is a part of every subject in many different ways. With our NEW McGraw Hill Reading Series, Reading Wonders, we will read many interesting stories. Reading will help strengthen your child’s vocabulary; reading comprehension strategies, and decoding skills. I will send home the reading textbook to reread stories and review vocabulary for some of the Reading tests. Other Reading tests will be on stories that they read themselves in class too. We will also use Scholastic News and Science Spin as supplemental Nonfiction Text to add more factual based material to our Reading instruction.
Your child will have a Reading Log to track all of the books they read this year. Please be sure that your child reads at least 20 minutes nightly. Your child will have 3 BOOK REPORTS this year of different genres. That is one every Trimester. Information and a rubric will be sent home.
ENGLISH is an opportunity to review the parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc… but also a chance to practice our writing skills. The black/white composition book sent in will be your child’s writing JOURNAL. I will prompt them with a beginning thought so they can have fun expressing themselves through print. We will also be writing narrative stories, poems, a friendly letter, etc… Please visit www.voyagesinenglish.com for review of grammar and writing skills.
The SPELLING words are part of the Wonders reading Unit. Sometimes the Reading Unit takes longer than a week to finish. SPELLING TESTS will be as announced. A Spelling Pretest on yellow paper will proceed the actual Spelling Test. We will have a variety of spelling assignments throughout the week in class and for homework.
Our main focus this year in MATH is MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION. Please continue to review Addition and Subtraction Basic Facts at home. I will concentrate mostly on the Math Core Curriculum topics for 3rd grade and test them for mastery. I will review other math topics as they fit into the curriculum but we may not be tested on them. I like to teach math with hands-on manipulatives as much as possible. We will use our white boards often for individual math practice problems as well as worksheets and workbook pages. We will act out, draw pictures, etc… as we figure out word problems to prepare us for the monthly problem solving problem we put in our Problem Solving Folder. Sadlier.com is our new Math website. I will also send home a username and password for you and your child to review the 3rd grade Math curriculum including tutorial activities, interactive manipulatives, etc… Each child will also receive a Username and Password for the internet First in Math.com First in Math is a site paid for by the Diocese for Third Graders only. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to review Math in an interactive fun way. Sumdog.com another Internet site will be available to the entire school also.
SOCIAL STUDIES and SCIENCE is taught separately as well as combined in our EMBRYOLOGY Unit as we hatch baby chicks. This project is often one of the highlights of 3rd grade. Mrs. Ketterer a 4-H instructor sponsored by Penn State comes into the class and teaches 4 lessons while we learn the responsibility of hatching baby chicks from tiny embryos. Social studies and Science is a new graded subject for 3rd grade. We have a new Science curriculum with textbooks, workbooks, online activities, and interesting science experiment ideas with the variety of science materials we already have available in our STEM LAB. Your child will have a combination of vocabulary words, worksheets, workbook pages, textbook reading assignments, tests, as well as projects that will be counted as part of their grade for both Social Studies and Science. Your child will have the opportunity to integrate Social Studies and ILA with Computer class as we read about and research a president of the United States and create a Powerpoint presentation.
FIELDTRIPS: I usually plan a fieldtrip to Crystal Cave in October. This trip coordinates well with our Natural Resource Unit in Social Studies and Science
SUPPLIES: Please be sure to check your child’s Catholic Planner for notes about supplies needed. Mostly pencils, erasers, dry erase markers, and glue sticks are needed often.
THANK YOU so much for coming. LOOKING FORWARD to a GREAT year!!
Mrs. Rebecca Grandinetti
610 – 404 – 8645
PS: The ICA Stationary Supplies Fee of is DUE. This is for the Catholic Planner, copybooks, and cursive writing paper supplied by ICA.Thank You!!