3rd Grade


Welcome to 3rd grade!

We offer an integrated curriculum, which motivates students to understand the connection between the classroom lessons and their personal call to faith and service.

Our teachers nurture each and every child building on confidence and self-image through hands on opportunities like special science projects and biography report presentations.  Service field trips and academic rigor give our students the basis they need for success and preparation for the coming years.

Science:  Concepts that we will be covering throughout the year will be Investigating and Questioning, The Engineering Process, Plants and Animals, Ecosystems and Interactions, Changes to Earth’s Surface, People and Resources, Water and Weather, Earth and It’s Moon, Matter, and finally we will learn about Simple and Compound Machines.

The students will also have time to collaboratively work on weekly STREAM projects.  They will plan, design, and construct them with in groups.   After group construction they will discuss improvements for the given challenges.

In the spring we obtain fertile eggs, incubate them, and then watch them hatch and start to grow up. Students learn all about eggs, embryo development, the incubation process and chickens during this fun unit of study and experiments.

Religion:  Our series has us learning about these FOUR main concepts: Jesus Gives Us the Church, We are Members of the Church, that The Church Leads Us in Worship, and  We are Called to Discipleship.

Hosting the Thanksgiving Prayer service and spearheading the Thanksgiving food pantry food collection along with using the Second Steps, Corporal Works of Mercy, praying the Rosary, memorizing monthly prayers, leading all school morning prayer and participating in the Stations of the Cross helped to round out our Religion experiences. 

Third graders prepare and participate in the Thanksgiving prayer service and spearhead the Thanksgiving food pantry food collection. They also prepare another school Mass and lead Stations of the Cross during the Lenten Season.

Math:  The series this year began with the students reviewing how to round up and down.  We also used compatible numbers as well as reading and creating graphs.  We will move on to learn about multiplication, Division, fractions facts and strategies.  Finally we will explore time, length, liquid volume, mass and two dimensional shapes.

Language Art:  The ReadyGen reading series will have us looking at fiction and nonfiction selections and practicing different writing styles.  Along with Ready Gen we use Modern Curriculum Press Phonics Series to help strengthen our knowledge about long and short vowels, initial and ending blend, compounds, syllables, diagraphs, r – controlled vowels, contractions, plurals, suffixes, dipthongs, diagraphs, prefixes, base words, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs and lastly dictionary skills.  Rounding out our language arts we use a spelling series call Spelling Connection.  As we use this series we not only have weekly words to study at home for assessments.  We use them in analogies, to solve riddles, sort into syllables and many other activities.     


Other special projects that are included in our Language Arts

Dress- up biography presentations… parents are invited to attend.

President mobiles

Changes in time posters

Monthly memorized Poetry

Monthly book reports

Volunteering: Parents are welcome to volunteer for recess, lunch duty, field trips, and parties. You must be fully Virtus trained. We look forward to seeing you! Links to help you help us are below.


Recess/Lunch Duty:


Virtus Training*:


*Once you click the link and get to the site, you will have to scroll and choose Chicago (Archdiocese) to see the options for available Virtus classes.

Miss Gearen:                                                                 Mrs. Reckwerdt:

A – Spanish and Gym                                                 A – Gym and Science Lab

B  – Gym and Science Lab                                          B –  Library and TLC

C – Art and Spanish                                                    C –  Spanish and Gym

D – Science Lab                                                            D – Art and Spanish

E – Music and TLC                                                      E – Science Lab

F – TLC and Library                                                    F – Music and TLC

Terrific Third Grade

Third grade is a special year of wonderful learning, discovery, service, and meaningful



Our Rules for a happy Third Grader:

 Our classroom rules are put in place to help everyone have a happy and successful school year.

  1. Listen Carefully
  2. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking.
  3. Follow all directions promptly.
  4. Work QUIETLY!!
  5. Respect yourself, others and property.



Daily classwork that is not completed will be automatically become homework and is due back the next day.  Each day please spend at least 15 minutes listening to your child read out loud.  Daily homework should take about 30 minutes. PLEASE be sure your child turns in their homework when it is due.  Also be sure that their first and last names appear on the pages.  These two items are GREAT habits to start in the younger grades and keep practicing throughout their lives.


Study and Organization

One of the biggest responsibilities your child will have this year is developing good study skills.  Filling in the assignment notebook, first thing in the morning is a big part of developing these skills.  As the day progresses homework assignments and special messages will be added at the end of the day.  We will be checking everyone’s books and send it home.  Please be sure to sign the day’s page so that we know you have seen the entry your child has made.

Friday’s Folder (Room 111) / Envelope (Room 112)

Test, quizzes and many worksheets will be sent home in your child’s Friday envelope.  If any pages are marked “PLEASE CORRECT, FINISH and RETURN, please see that your child completes and returns them quickly. 

Terrific Third Grade March 6, 2020

Religion:    We will continue with Lent activities especially discussing the Stations of the Cross. On Monday the children will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. In our text, chapter 10, students have learned how Jesus prayed,  the special Our Father prayer that he taught us,  that the Mass is the greatest prayer of the church, ...
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Terrific Third Grade February 28, 2020

Religion:  We will be attending the Stations of the Cross on Thursday.   We will continue with Lent activities, and have a Second Step Discussion.  In chapter 10 students will learn about the different types of prayer. Reading / Language:   We will continue to talk about text features  as we read our next story, The...
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Terrific Third Grade February 21, 2020

Religion:  We will be starting off the season of Lent this week by attending Ash Wednesday Mass on the 26th and the Stations of the Cross on Thursday.   We will also be working on a Lent activity, and have a Second Step Discussion about ways to handle disappointment.  In our text students will learn how...
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Terrific Third Grade February 14, 2020

            111 students are building bridges in science class to understand the engineering process. Religion:  We were very proud  of both of our classes for the great job they did singing and reading at the school Mass last Tuesday. We will continue to  read and  discuss  chapter  9; the church...
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Terrific Third Grade February 7, 2020

      Religion:   On Tuesday third grade will host the  Our Lady of Lourdes school Mass. Please  come and pray with us if your schedule permits. The February prayer which is said daily at school will be recited on February 28th. We will be discussing the church as the body of Christ, and the...
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Terrific Third Grade January 31, 2020

                       Red and White Game 2020   Religion:   Room 111 & 112 will host the school Mass on February 11, the feast day honoring Mary as Our Lady of Lourdes. Please mark it on your calendar so you come and pray with us if your...
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Terrific Third Grade January 17, 2020

Religion: Students are going have the chapter 5 religion test  about the four marks of the church on Thursday, January 22nd. Currently the third graders are busy making cards to thank the parishioners for their continual support of our school. These will be placed in the Canticle. Weekly students listen to the Gospel message and...
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Terrific Third Grade January 10, 2020

Welcome to 2020! We are delighted to be back at school starting this new decade with your children.  There is so much to look forward to in the second half of the school year: Catholic Schools Week Activities, our relaxation program, Our Lady of Lourdes Mass,  2 field trips, STEAM projects, the chicken incubation project,...
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