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 1-18-2019

Photos are of our third graders  presenting their science posters showing changes in technology. Religion:   Students will review Chapter 8: The Four Marks of the Church. The marks are that the church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.  On Wednesday, Jan.23rd , students will take the Chapter 8 religion test.  The January prayer, the beautiful...
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Terrific Third Grade 1-11-2019

  Photos of  working in class, enjoying our 7th grade buddies, and making cards for the elderly.   If your family has a last names starting with M-Z , and  you were not able to bring in supplies last week, please send them in this upcoming week. Classroom supplies included  tissues, baby wipes,  zip lock quart...
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Terrific Third Grade 12-31-2018

Happy New Year!     We are looking forward to having everyone back on Monday, January 7th! Please, if you did not bring in classroom supplies of tissues, baby wipes, and paper towels in August, have your child bring them in this returning week of January. This should be students with names N-Z. Religion:   Students will...
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Terrific Third Grade 12-14-2018

    The Christmas Program 12.13.18     Religion:   Students will continue to learn more about Advent and  Christmas. We will go to 9am Mass on Thursday, December 20th. Third grade has been assigned to bring in cake mixes and frosting  for the annual Christmas food baskets.  Each child is also asked to bring in a...
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Terrific Third Grade 12-7-2018

Religion:   Students will be learning about Advent and the church calendar this week.  For the annual Christmas food baskets third grade has been assigned to bring in cake mixes and frosting.  (We believe brownie mix will also be appreciated.)  Each child is also asked to bring in a monetary donation of at least $1 so...
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Terrific Third Grade 12-1-2018

    Religion:   Students will be going to church on Monday to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We have reviewed both reconciliation and the Act of Contrition ( Prayer of Sorrow)  in class  but would appreciate it if you also spend a few minutes going over this with your child. On Wednesday students will go...
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Terrific Third Grade 11-20-2018

Students did a wonderful  job honoring God in our Thanksgiving Prayer Service. Religion:   Students will be learning about martyrs and the church year as we conclude our first unit of study.  The students will be reciting the November prayer on 11/30. Phonics:  As we begin unit 4  students will be working with contractions this week....
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Terrific Third Grade 11-16-18

Students are decorating the Thanksgiving Food Pantry Boxes for the  food collection at Tuesday’s Prayer service.                  Students were learning simple techniques in their first Stress Reduction/ Relaxation session.   Tuesday at 9 am is our school Thanksgiving Prayer Service. Please join us if you can. Tuesday students...
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Terrific Third Grade 11-9-2018

Religion:   This week will be devoted to the rosary and preparing for the 9 am Thanksgiving Prayer Service (and collection for the food pantry)  which will be on Tuesday, November 20th.  Students will  have a Joyful Mystery rosary test on Thursday.  Please come to the Thanksgiving Prayer service and pray with us if your schedule...
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