Third Grade Curriculum:
The third grade curriculum includes students learning to use a planner for the first time. This helps the students to be organized and more responsible in their education. Once a week the two classes departmentalize. Mrs. Kidd serves as the Social Studies teacher and Miss Perretta as the Science teacher. Students learn all about cities and towns as well as plants, animals, and recycling. Both classes strive to become avid independent readers. One goal this year is to join other schools and read one hundred books as part of the Classroom Care program offered through the Scholastic Book Club. Upon completion, Scholastic will then donate one hundred books to children in need. We also visit a younger group of school children in our building on a regular basis to read or do “theme related activities” as partners.
Some of the things that third graders look forward to are: multiplication, training to be altar servers, and our Easter basket raffle. All are exciting. Students enjoy using computer programs to better their fact recall. They really get a feel for responsibility when they organize and carry out a fundraiser that serves to benefit a mission country studied as well as some local charities. In the spring, some train with the parish priests to become servers at weekend and school hosted Masses. It makes them so proud!
Active participation in class along with timely completion of assigned homework and projects is very important. It seems to us that a lot of growth occurs as they end their primary school experience and ready to enter the next phase of their educational journey.