Welcome to Third Grade!

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    Teacher: Mrs. Jurisic



    Fantastic February!

    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 February we will wrap up Unit 5: Fractions and Multiplication Strategies and begin Unit 6: More Operations. 

    Our learning objectives are:

    • Playing "Salute!" to find missing factors
    • Using square products to find products of near squares multiplication facts
    • Making sense of a number story
    • Using the break-apart strategy to solve multiplication facts
    • Using the trade-first method to solve subtraction problems
    • Reviewing basic subtraction facts
    • Playing Baseball Multiplication to build fact fluency
    • Self-assessing automaticity with multiplication facts
    • Constructing quadrilaterals
    • Comparing perimeter measurements of polygons
    • Using multiplication and division diagrams to make sense of multiplication number stories

    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,6'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 Unit 1 include:
    • Identifying Main Ideas and Details
    • 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 similes
    • 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

    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 continue to be on the Parts of the Mass in preparation for the 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.


     We will are wrapping up our learning of the  lowercase letters. We will then begin learning the uppercase 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 verbs. 
    Our learning objectives include:
    • Identifying and using helping verbs (will sleep, has planned, might leave, etc.)
    • Identifying and using the present, past, present participle, and past participle of verbs)
    • Defining, using, and distinguishing between regular and irregular verbs
    • Using the parts of the irregular verbs bring, buy, come, and sit correctly (brought, bought, came, sat)
    • Identifying and using the principal parts of the irregular verbs eat, go, and see correctly (eaten, gone, seen)
    • Identifying and using the principal parts of the irregular verbs take, tearm and write correctly (taken, torn, written)
    • Identifying, forming, and using the simple present tense of verbs 
    • Identifying, forming, and using the simple past tense of verbs
    • Identifying, forming, and using the future tense of verbs with "will"
    • Identifying and using the future tense of verbs with "going to "
    • Using the verbs is, are, was, and were correctly
    • Identifying and using contractions with not
    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