Tales of the Third Grade EVERYTHING!!!

Hello Third Grade Families

This has been an AMAZING first week of school.  We welcomed three new friends Daniel Peele, Rishawn (Shawn) House and Maximillian Przeradzki to the St. Cletus Cardinal Family.  We celebrated Lilliana Burns 8th birthday on the 25th.  We saw pictures from family summer vacations or fun events and added them to our Third Grade summer Picture Wall.  We learned three fun things about our friends in class as we shared our ABOUT ME brown bags that were handed out at open house.  If you haven’t had a chance to send in a picture for the wall or filled your child’s brown ABOUT ME bag please take some time and fill them up over the weekend.

Fun things that will be happening in and around the third grade classroom this week.

Saturday August 27th:  Ravinia from 7:00 to 10:00pm in the St. Cletus Court Yard.  Visit the school website for more information.

Tuesday, August 30th:  All school Mass at 8:00.  School doors open at 7:45 so that the classrooms can get to Church on time for Mass.  Please have your child use the washroom before coming to school.

Wednesday, August 31st:  Join us for the “Mass of the Holy Spirit” at 9:30

Monday, September 5th:  No school in observance of Labor Day.  Enjoy the LONG weekend!!!

Projects for the month of September and their due dates:

September Prayer:  ANGEL of GOD is the prayer the students will be required to memorize and then recite to me privately on the 15th of September.  

September Poem:  The students will be given a list of poems to choose from on Monday, August 29th.  Students should pick a poem from the list to memorize during the month and them present to the class on Friday September 23rd.  The students MUST memorize their poems and add emotion to their voices for their  presentations.  Students are also welcome to add hand gestures and props to their presentations.

September BookreportsEach month the students will be required to read a chapter book (NO GRAPHIC NOVELS!!!) and then create a project centered around their books.  Book report presentations will be given during the last week of each month.  September’s book reports will begin September 29th and finish October 2nd.  I will be sending the book report information home of Monday, August 29th.  

All projects are assigned far enough in advance so that there is enough time for students to complete and turn the projects in on time. 

Here’s what the class will be working on in every subject in third grade this week:

Religion: As we begin our SECOND STEPS  program the students will learn that feelings can change in different ways.  We will begin our Religion book this we  ek as well.  This week we will learn that God the Son became one of us to save us from sin and that Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

Math:  The students will be assigned four lessons in the SIMPLE SOLUTIONS book each week to be completed by Friday.  We will correct and explain lessons in class on Friday morning.  The students will then take a quiz to show their understanding of the material.  We will also start the first chapter in our Math Series.  Topics that will be worked on this week will be: describing whole number patterns and solving story problems, as well as rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest 10 or 100

Science:  The students will be learning about the investigation process.  We will look at and learn about the different tools scientists use as they conduct scientific investigations.

Reading: Our first story in the reading series is a chapter book called “The Case of the Gasping Garbage.”  As we read this book the students will meet two friends who are both scientist and detectives.  These two friends solve cases for their classmates.  The students will read this story on their chrome books and will have access to the story at home as well.  The link will be on our google classroom website.  I will be sending information about how you can connect to the site at home.

Phonics:  We begin our phonics work identifying the initial, medial and final consonants in words using auditory and visual clues.  Also this week we will work with the hard and soft sounds of c and g.

Spelling: Our selling words this week have us working with the spelling patterns of words with short A and I sounds.  During the week the class will complete activities that help the strengthen their knowledge of the week’s words.  The students will have spelling homework on both Tuesday and Thursday nights.  This homework is DUE BACK the next day.  Please be sure that your child uses their BEST handwriting on both pages and that they put both their first and last names on the pages.

Shurley English: The class will be talking about good and bad study habits as well as where to use capital letters in sentences.




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.