Tales of the Third Grade Everything

Hello Third Grade Families,

Thank you to Mrs. Malham, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Domzal, Mr. and Mrs. Morelock, Mr. and Mrs. Kelliher, Mrs. Mosqueda, Ms. Samars for joining us on our FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN fieldtrip.  The students had a great time and did an AMAZING job packing food for needy countries.

The theme for our THIRD GRADE FAMILY picture wall in May will be Mother’s Day.  Pictures should include your child and their mom.   Please send in pictures starting Monday May 1st.

This week we had an all school PBIS assembly instead of drawing a classroom winner.  During every PBIS all school assembly Mr. Porod and Mrs. Schaefer pull a winning ticket from among grade levels (pre3 to K, 1st to 3rd, 4th to 5th, and 6th to 8th) to give them a large TY stuffed cardinal.  This PBIS assembly our very own Grace Keeley’s name was drawn.  Congratulations Grace!!   

The students are doing a great job with their poem presentations.  I’m so proud of them.  We will finish poem presentation on Monday May 1st.  The students will be bringing home the May: Book report directions and Prayer.  Prayers will be recited on May 15th.  Book Reports will be presented on May 22nd.    

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

Tuesday, May 2nd:   Children should bring their recorders and music to school today and EVERY Tuesday.  Prayers will be recited today.  We will attend 8:00 am Mass.


Religion:  The class will read and discuss the way Jesus celebrated Passover and the Last Super. WC will read and talk about the Mass as a sacrifice and a meal. The chapter vocabulary words are: Passover, Mass, Assembly and Sacrifice.

Math:  The students will learn to describe and compare triangles based on the number of sides, equal length and by their angles.  The class will use their problem solving skills to classify plane shapes and relate sections of shapes to fractions.     

Social Studies:  We will finish up our chapter on communities after we read about the Gold Rush and Angels Camp Ca to learn what happened when gold was discovered. 

Reading:  The students have enjoyed reading the  “Knots on a Counting Rope” a story of a young blind  Native American boy learning about the day of his birth and why he was given his name from his Grandfather.  During the week the students will finish answering questions directly from the reading.       

Phonics:  The students will review the concepts learned and reviewed in Unit 5.     

Spelling:  The spelling words this week are complex contractions using have and will as the second word.    


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.