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 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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Terrific Third Grade December 13, 2019

Religion: On Tuesday third grade will be  making fleece blankets for Project Linus with their 7th grade buddies for an Advent service project.  The December prayer will  be recited on December 20th. Reading: We  are reading the  nonfiction story, The Athabascans: Old Ways and New Ways. Language: The December poem will be presented on December...
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Terrific Third Grade November 22nd, 2019

Religion:      Third grade is hosting the Thanksgiving Prayer Service.  Please come and pray with us on Monday at 2 pm. Above photo is of students with the finished decorated food collection boxes. Below are photos some students preparing their box and many third graders practicing in church for the prayer service.  Remember to...
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Terrific Third Grade November 15th, 2019

Religion:      Third grade is hosting the Thanksgiving Prayer Service. Please join us if it fits into your Monday’s (November 25th) schedule.  Students will be getting ready by making signs, decorating boxes for the annual food collection and of course practicing.  On Thursday, November 21.  Rm 112  will be taking the  Sorrowful rosary quiz,...
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Terrific Third Grade November 7th, 2019

Religion:   Room 111  did an excellent job with morning prayers this past week!   Third grade is responsible for the Thanksgiving Prayer Service.  They will be getting ready by preparing for the annual food collection and practicing new songs.  In the Second Step program, students will be learning how to resist the impulse to steal and...
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Terrific Third Grade November 1st, 2019

Religion:   Room 112  did an excellent job with morning prayers this past week.  Now room 111 will be reading the morning prayers for the entire school over the PA .  In the Second Step program, students will be learning how to deal with peer pressure.   The  sorrowful mysteries rosary will continue to be learned and...
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Terrific Third Grade October 25, 2019

  Religion:   Third grade will be responsible for the morning prayers to be read over the PA  for the next two weeks.  Students will understand and practice how to deal with peer pressure as we work in the 2nd unit of the Second Step program, “Impulse Control and Problem Solving.”  We will also be praying...
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Terrific Third Grade October 11, 2019

Religion:    To Honor Mary we will be learning and praying the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary in class.  We will also begin chapter 3 in our We Believe text book about Jesus  raising Lazarus from the dead. We will attend the 8 am Mass on Thursday and help then prepare the students for the weekend...
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