Welcome to Third Grade!

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    Teacher: Mrs. Jurisic

    December 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. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to a wonderful, productive new year!

    Mrs. Jurisic

    Math: During the month of December we will focus on Unit 4: Measurement & Geometry.

    Our learning objectives are:

    • Measuring to the nearest half inch and centimeter
    • Representing data on a line plot
    • Measuring distances around objects to the nearest 1/2 inch
    • Comparing masses
    • Determining distances in 1/2 inch increments
    • Reviewing characteristics of polygons
    • Classifying quadrilaterals
    • Identifying and measuring perimeters of rectangles and other ploygons
    • Distinguishing between perimeter and area

    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 in a folktale
    • Identifying Antonyms

    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 Advent, specifically the Jesse Tree. 

    Our learning activities include:
    • Reading, reflecting on, and summarizing a Scripture passage each day to celebrate and complete the Jesse tree
    • Creating ornament symbols to decorate the Jesse tree related to the Scripture read

    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 December students will:

    • Review landform chapter concepts and preare study guide
    • Identifying early communities in America
    • Using a grohic organizer to compare what life was like for two Native American groups
    • Using map scales
    • Creating a picture time line of the events of the Community of Jamestown

    We also use our Scholastic News program which oncorporates 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 continue our study of pronouns.
    Our learning objectives include:
    • Identify pronouns as words that substitute for nouns
    • Identifying and using the pronouns that serve as the subject of sentences
    • Identifying and using object pronouns
    • Identifying and using possessive pronouns
    • Identifying and using possessive adjectives
    • Identifying and using subject pronoun and verb agreement


    Our learning activities include:

    • Making a model of Earth layers
    • Comparing tyhe different types of rock and identifying how they form
    • Identifying ways we use minerals
    • Exploring the amounts of water various types of soil can hold

    Have agreat month!

    Mrs. Jurisic