Welcome to Third Grade!

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    Teacher: Mrs. Jurisic

    November 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 November we will focus on Unit 2; Operations and begin our exploration of Unit 4; Measurement and Geometry.  

    Our learning objectives are:

    • Counting up to solve subtration problems
    • Using expand and trade to solve subtraction problems
    • Exploring different ways to measure area
    • Partitioning Rectangles
    • Representing data on a scaled bar graph
    • Creating scaled picture graphs
    • Discovering the multiplication squares
    • Starting a multiplication fact strategy journal
    • Using the turn around rule for multiplication
    • Using the adding a group and subtracting a group strategy for solving multiplication problems
    • Generating equivalent names for numbers

    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


    We are currently in Unit 1 of our new Wonders Reading series. Each week 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. We will also begin Unit 2. 
    Our learning objectives for Unit 1 include:
    • Identifying, understanding, and using figuartive language
    • Identifying Main Ideas and Details
    • Reading fluently for accuracy, phrasing, and expression
    • Identifying cause and effect relationships

    Our learning objectives for Unit 2 include:

    • 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 year all of our studies in religion will be preparing the students for their First Holy Communion. During the month of November, we will continue our study of the Early Church and begin our study of the Church year.
    Our learning activities include:
    • Researching the life of a saint and creating a saint report and portrait
    • Creating an informational booklet on the Church year
    • Creating Jesus Profiles and writing descriptions of Jesus we learn from the New Testament

    We will also begin our study of Unit 2: We Are Members of the Church.

    Our learning activities include:

    • Evaluating the work of the Apostles
    • Identifying the pope and the responsibilities of the Pope and Bishops
    • Identifying the 4 Marks of the Church
    • Illustrating how the Church is one and holy
    • Describing how the Catholic church can show they are "Catholic"

    At home:

    • Practice making the Sign of the Cross
    • Encourage your child to particpate in the singing and responding at Mass
    • Review the Unit 1 study Guide which will be sent home this month


    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 November students will:

    • Identifying landforms, creating a landform picture dictionary
    • Researching a famous landform in a state and creating a postcard of that landform
    • Explaining how landforms affect communities

    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 wrap up our study of nouns and begin our study of pronouns.
    Our learning objectives include:
    • Identifying and using collective nouns
    • Recognizing when a noun is used as the subject of a sentence
    • Identifying words that can be used as both nouns and verbs

    Our learning outcomes of rour Unit on Pronouns includes....

    • 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
    • Using the pronouns "I" and "me" correctly

    Have agreat month!

    Mrs. Jurisic