Welcome to Third Grade!

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    Teacher: Mrs. Jurisic

    January in 3rd Grade!

    Dear Parents & Guardians,

    Welcome to the 3rd grade website! Below you will find curriculum highlights for each of the subject areas in 3rd grade. This site will be updated at the beginning of each month, so please visit again. 

    Mrs. Jurisic

    Math: During the month of January we will wrap up Unit 4: Measurement & Geometry and begin Unit 5: Frctions. 

    Our learning objectives are:

    • Distinguishing between perimeter and area
    • Writing number sentences for finding area
    • Playing the Area and Perimeter game
    • Representing  fractions as equal parts of different wholes, and find all shapes with a given area
    • Representing fractions using standard notation, words, and drawings
    • Recognizing equivalent fractions using a visual fraction model
    • Using known multiplication facts, called helper facts, to solve harder multiplication facts
      Exploring the use of doubling to solve number stories involving area
    • Using the doubling strategy to solve multiplication facts
    •  Identifying and explaining arithmetic patterns using properties of operations
    • Playing Salute! to find missing factors

    The following are at home activities for your child that will reinforce the skills and concepts your child is learning in school:

    • Review the home link activities that are sent home.
    • Practice addition and subtraction basic facts.
    • Practicing multiplication of 2's,3's,4's,5's, and 10s


    Each week in our Reading series there will be a new concept to explore with various types of text and various skills. Each of the reading selections will answer an essential question for the week. Students will be introduced to reading comprehension skills during each selection and majority of our writing topics will stem from the reading selections. There is also a digital component, similar to the Math series, that bstudents will explore daily.
    Our learning objectives for Unit 1 include:
    • Identifying Main Ideas and Details
    • Reading fluently for accuracy, phrasing, and expression
    • Identifying cause and effect relationships
    • Exploring expository text
    • Using multiple meaning words
    • Making text to text connections
    • Taking notes and summarizing
    • Identifying Cause and Effect Relatonships
    • Making, Revising, and Confirming Predictions
    • Identifying the theme of literture
    • Identifying Antonyms/synoynyms

    At home:

    • Continue to read with your child on a daily basis orally. Students should also spend time reading independently.
    • After reading orally with your child, ask them questions for comprehension. Also, ask them to sequence the events in the selection using time order words (first, then, next, after that, finally) 


    This month our focus will be on the Parts of the Mass in preparation for teh Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Students will read about, watch examples of, practice responses for, and summarize each part of the Mass. This study will help students understand what is happening at Mass and most importantly why this is happening.  

    Our learning activities include:
    • Creating a Parts of the Mass summary booklet 
    • Responding to the Parts of the Mass at church each week for a weekly assessment grade

    At home:

    • Practice making the Sign of the Cross
    • Encourage your child to particpate in the singing and responding at Mass


    This year students spelling words will come from a Vocabulary curriculum. Students will be introduced to a Unit and then study those words for two weeks. Therefore, there will be tests every two weeks. Please look for a schedule regarding the testsing dates that will be sent home the first week of September. The first test will be on Friday, September 14th. Students were introduced to the Unit 1 words and the study sheet was sent home on Friday, August 31st. 

    For each unit, students begin by listening to the new words being used in context. Then, we discuss the pronunciations and meanings of each of the words. Students are given opportunities to make personal connections to the words in order to better understand the word. There will also be practice matching the meaning, completing the sentence, identifying synonyms and antonyms of the words, and using the words in complete sentences.

    Social Studies:

    The main theme in 3rd grade Social Studies is our Communities. Students will discover how people live, work, and play within their communities as well as the history of communities. 

    During the month of January we will begin our study of the history of communities.

    • Creating a picture time line of the events of the Community of Jamestown
    • Writing a journal entry in the voice of a resident of Jamestown
    • Researching a Native Group and creating a presentation of their culture for the class

    We also use our Scholastic News program which incorporates common core reading for information standards. Students read about current events, use online tools to organize information, and using digital tools to assist in comprehension. 


    We have started the year with practicing and identifying the basic strokes. We will now begin with our learning and practice of the lowercase letters. The students are quite eager to begin writing in cursive and some say they have been practicing. I do ask that students not practice writing any other words or letters that we are not yet practicing in class, becuase they may be forming the letter in a way that is different than presented in our Cursive book. The students will be assessed according to the cursive letter formation within our curriculum. 


    This month we will wrap up our study of Pronouns. We will have an in class review the week of January 7th, and the Unit test is schedule for Monday, January 14th. Please look for study information to be sent home the week of January 7th. We will then begin our unit on Verbs. 
    Our learning activities include:
    • Identifying action verbs and being verbs and distinguishing between them
    • Identifying the present, past, present participle, and past participle of verbs


    Our learning activities include:

    • Identifying the 3 types of matter
    • Exploring physical properties of matter
    • Creating physical and chemical changes in matter and explaining the differences
    • Testing the buyoancy of an object

    Have agreat month!

    Mrs. Jurisic