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, May 31st, 2019

Religion:  On Monday our class will be working with their 7th grade buddies making fleece blankets for hospitalized children  through Project Linus: Please send in your $2 for the donation to cover the materials if you have not already done so. Students will attend the last school Mass of the year at 9 am on...
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Terrific Third Grade, May 24th, 2019

Religion:  Our third graders will be reviewing chapter 12, ,”God Calls Us to Holiness,” and then take the test on Wednesday.  After that they will be  learning about the Sacraments in chapter 15. Students will attend the 8 am Mass on Wednesday, May 29. They will recite the Hail Holy Queen prayer on May 31st.  Reading: ...
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Terrific Third Grade, May, 17th 2019

Religion:  Students will  be learning how God calls us to holiness in chapter 12.  They will understand  the different vocations that God calls his people to, and the the 3 vows that a priest makes. Students will attend the all school 9 am Mass on Tuesday, May 21st and the 8 am Mass on Wednesday...
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Terrific Third Grade, May, 10th 2019

Feed My Starving Children Field Trip: Assembling the food bags. Religion: We will be  going to the beautiful May crowning Mass on Monday at 9am.  We also will be reviewing “The Parish is Our Home,” chapter 11 and take the chapter test on Wednesday. In our Second Step program we will be discussing how to...
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Terrific Third Grade May 3rd, 2019

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Terrific Third Grade April-26-2019

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Terrific Third Grade April-5-2019

Students worked hard on their Aspire tests this week!                               .                                                             ...
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Terrific Third Grade 3-29-2019

ASPIRE testing Next Week!                         ASPIRE TESTING: Next week  students will be taking the Aspire tests. The Aspire tests will be in the morning. We will not be having any other tests this week. Religion: We will  finish chapter 10 “The Church Prays,”  during...
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Terrific Third Grade 3-22-2019

Photos are from our wonderful day at the Children’s Farm.  We learned so much!                                                                           Third Grade led the...
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