Tales of the Third Grade Everything

Hello Third Grade Families,

The theme for our THIRD GRADE FAMILY picture wall in April will be SPRING or EASTER pictures.  Please send in these pictures starting Friday.

I hope you all have had a relaxing Spring Break filled with lot so fun and great adventures!!!!!!!!!!

The class voted to do poems this month rather than doing a bookreport.  The poems and prayer for April were sent home on Monday, April 3rd.  One of the requirements for the poems this month will be that EVERYONE have props and if possible a simple costume for their presentations.  The props can be as simple as a picture about the chosen poem.  Poems presentations will be on April 21st.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Important Events this Week~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Monday, April 17th  Welcome back to school!!  Little Joe’s D4D from 11:30 t0 8:30 

Tuesday, April 18th:   Children should bring their recorders and music to school today and EVERY Tuesday.  Little Joe’s D4D from 11:30 t0 8:30.  

Wednesday April 19th:  Auction Shirt Dress Down Day. Our Field trip   April Prayer will be recited today.  

Thursday, April 20th:  Willies Wonka Jr. opens today. 

Friday, April 7th To Monday April 17th: Spring Break!!  Happy Easter and Enjoy the time off!!  Poem Presentations will be today.  


Religion:  This week the class will read and discuss things we all know about other countries and their beliefs in God.  We will read about the Jewish faith and learn how it is important to the Christian faith.  The student will learn the meaning of the words ~ covenant and ecumenism.  

Math:  This week the class will learn to describe sides of a polygon using these terms lines or line segments, intersecting, perpendicular, and parallelWe will also work with Quadrilateral shapes: Triangle, Rectangle, and Square as we count the numbers of sides and angles each shape has.  

Social Studies:  The class will learn about Maria Martinez and learn the significance of her art work and cultural heritage to communities around the world. We will also will read about Natural resources and learn the meanings of these vocabulary words: Natural Resources, minerals, and fuel.

Reading:  Our Story this week is “Knots on a Counting Rope” a story of a young Native American boy learning about his tribe’s traditions from his Grandfather.  During the week the students will answer questions about each chapter using complete sentences directly from the reading.  Students will also define unfamiliar words from “Knots on a Counting Rope.”  Students will bring home any unfinished work from the story home to finish as homework.  Please be sure that this work does come back the next day so that it is counted as part of their reading grade.   

Phonics:  The students will review vowel pairs (adjacent vowel) as two vowels together that make the long vowel sound of the first letter.  The vowel pair / adjacent vowel rule is when two vowel sit together in a word the first vowel does the talking (says it’s name) and the second one does the walking (doesn’t make a sound.).  We will focus on these vowel pairs ~ ai, ay, ea, ee, ie, oa, oe, or, ue. The students will review the sounds that these vowel digraphs aw, au, ea, ei, or oa make in words.  

Spelling:  The spelling words this week are ones that have dropped the silent -e at the end before add -ing.   



About the author

My name is Lisa Gearen. I started teaching at St. Cletus in 2003. I taught first grade for 14 years and now teach 3rd. I have a bachelors degree in Communication and a Masters in Elementary Education. I received both degrees from Concordia University. I also have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education as well as being a Certified Catechist.