Welcome to Third Grade!

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    Teacher: Mrs. Jurisic



    Marvelous March!

    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 March we will wrap up Unit 6: More Operations. We will then begin Unit 7: 

    Our learning objectives are:

    • Estimating and measuring liquid volume
    • Estimating the number of dots in an array, measure liquid volume, and identify equal shares
    • Solving number stories involving time, mass, volume, and length.
    • Partitioning fraction strips and using them to name and compare fractions.
    • Representing fractions on number lines.
    • Identifying fractions greater than, less than, and equal to one on a number line.
    • Comparing fractions using visual models.
    • Ordeingr fractions with the same numerator and writing a rule for ordering similar sets of fractions.  
    • Analyzing and discussing others' rules and revising  work.
    • Partitioning distances to locate fractions on number lines.
    • Making and justifying fraction comparisons.
    • Solving fraction number stories.
    • Naming fractions of sets of objects.

    The following activities are for at home practice and will support concepts learned in class:

    • 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,6's,7's, 8's, 9'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 our Unit include:
    • Identifying Main Ideas and Details
    • Taking notes and retelling
    • Writing summaries
    • Sequencing events in a selection
    • Reading fluently for accuracy, phrasing, and expression
    • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
    • Making, Revising, and confirming predictions
    • Identifying and writing figurative language
    • Reviewing how to identify the theme of a selection
    • Rereading difficult selections to understand content
    • Determining the meanings of new words made by using prefixes and suffixes

    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) 
    • Have your child write summaries of books they read at home using out in school format. What did the character want? But what happened? How did the character work to solve the problem? What was the resolution?.


    This month we continue to prepare for the sacrament of First Eucharist. We have completed our parts of the Mass booklets and now will be focusing on the most important part of the Mass, the Eucharist. We will begin our special Eucharist book and First Eucharist activities. 

    Our learning activities include:
    • Reading, discussing, acting out, and summarizing the Scripture stories of the Baptism of Jesus, the First Christians, Samuel Listens to God, and Jesus Feeds the People. 
    • Reviewing the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
    • 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
    • Read and discuss the family pages that are a part of the Eucharist book


    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.

    Our Unit 12 test will be on Friday, March 1st. (audible, consume, glide, origin, prevent, punctuate, representative, scorn, stout, woe)

    Our Unit 13 test will be on Friday, March 15th. (arch, authentic, clarify, declare, grant, grave, modest, opponent, valid, yearn)

    Our Unit 14 test will be on Friday, March 29th (admirable, automatic, devotion, distant, dreary, exhaust, kindle, predict, separation, stunt)


    At home:

    • Practice spellings of words daily.
    • Have your child write words 3x each.
    • Have your child write synonyms and antonyms for words. 
    • Have your child write sentences for words.
    • Challenge your child to write a story using all of the week's words. 


     This month we are focusing on uppercase letters. Students have learned all of the lowercase letters and will begin to write words in Cursive.  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 begin our study of Adjectives. Our learning activities for the month include:
    • Identifying and using adjectives
    • Identifying and using adjectives as subject complements (The ocean is salty.)
    • Identifying and using adjectives as compound subject complements. ( T-rex was large and fierce.)
    • Identifying, forming, and using adjectives that compare two or more things. (Earth is larger thhan Mars.)
    • Identifying and using the comparative and superlative forms of the adjectives good and bad. (Cheese is a better snack than candy. The best snack is fruit.)
    • Identifying and using adjectives that tell how many (Many tourists, Two guides)
    • Identifying and using articles (A spider, an insect, the tarantula)
    • Identifying and using the demonstrative adjectives this, that, these, and those
    At home: Use the website voyagesinenglish.com to have students practice using verbs and other parts of speech
    The third graders recently visited the upper grade science lab and conducted a lab with the 8th grade. Together, the students explored physical changes and made their own paper. This month in third grade, we will focus on chemical changes and will join our 8th graders for more exciting labs to come!
    Have a great month!
    Mrs. Jurisic