Welcome to Third Grade!

 

Curriculum and Grade Level Expectations:

Third grade students will study topics and themes that fulfill diocesan and California State Standards.  These topics will be organized and integrated throughout the course of the year, making them meaningful and challenging learning opportunities for the students.  All of our learning will have foundations in the subject areas listed below.  Students are to work to their fullest potential; they will be graded on their mastery and knowledge in concepts that are taught as well as effort, work habits, and citizenship.


How Parents Can Help:

  1. Praise efforts, not just achievements.
  2. Read daily as a family. Read aloud to your children; also let them read to you.
  3. Provide a nutritious breakfast, snack, lunch,and dinner.
  4. Demonstrate the value you place upon school and reinforce learning by examining your child’s class work. 
  5. Communication is vital to our relationship as a team in the education of your student.  If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me (afalleiro@csdo.org) and we can schedule an appointment to meet.

Housekeeping

ZOOM Rules

  1. All classroom behavioral expectations apply to Zoom meetings.
  2. Be prepared for the meeting with materials required.
  3. Clear distractions (phones, TV, games, toys, etc.)
  4. Stay muted until it is your turn to speak.
  5. Keep your video on so your face can be seen.
  6. Keep the live setting, as opposed to a photograph, as your background 
  7. Use your full name when logging into Zoom

Positive Discipline/Classroom Guidelines:

Assumption School will continue to implement a discipline curriculum.

The teachers and students will work on a social-emotional curriculum together. This program seeks to establish strong and meaningful connections between students, families and school staff. It views mistakes as opportunities to learn and misbehaviors as opportunities to practice critical life skills. In the beginning of the year, the 3rd Graders will work collaboratively to create their own classroom guidelines. These will be shared with parents/families once they have been created.


Vacations:

As much as possible, please plan for vacations during school breaks.  As per the handbook, students receive their work after they come back from a vacation absence, not before. Students are responsible for assignments missed during absences. Please remember that much of the work in 3rd grade cannot be made up.


Absences/Tardies:

Distance Learning: Attendance will be taken each day at the morning Zoom meeting at 9:15AM. All students are expected to attend these morning Zoom meetings, but if your child is unable to attend this meeting, but will be participating in distance learning that day, you must send the teacher and school office an email informing the school of your child’s attendance status.


Homework: 

In Person Expectations:A homework sheet will be sent home at the beginning of each week.  This sheet will contain notes about what is going on in 3rd grade, upcoming events, spelling words, and assignments for the week.  Most assignments are to be completed on the assigned day and turned in on the following day. Projects which require more time will be assigned with a due date. Students will be responsible for writing homework down every afternoon before packup.  Parents should encourage responsibility and good study skills, allowing students to complete assignments independently and then checking work for accuracy and completion. 

Distance Learning Expectations: No traditional homework will be assigned during Distance Learning. 


Grading:

Students will be assessed using a standards-based system.

In Person Expectations: A folder of completed papers will be sent home periodically.  Please look over the work and sign the cover sheet. A signature shows that you have looked at every paper and know how your child is doing in 3rd grade. The folder should be returned to school the following day. 

Distance Learning Expectations: Students will receive feedback and grades online (primarily through SeeSaw), in addition to the traditional manner.

 

Birthdays:

In-Person Learning:The preferable way to celebrate a birthday in third grade is by donating a gift to the classroom, such as a game for rainy day recess or a book to our class library. A gift will be a treat for many days, months and years to come. Thank you for understanding!

Distance Learning: We will designate a day each month to have a class birthday party for those born in that month. We will sing happy birthday and allow each birthday child to do a show and tell. We will also invite the other students to all share a snack together on video. 




Curriculum 

Religion/Family Life:  

Text: We Are the Church, Sadlier & Family Life, Benziger

Subject Matter:  Religious study focus in third grade involves exploring their individual relationships with Jesus and others in their lives. Family Life curriculum studies the importance of God’s gifts of family, self, life, love, and community. 

Expectations:  Students are expected to participate in all religious  discussions and Bible studies. Students are to learn and exhibit what it is to be Christ-like in all actions.  Assignments and presentations are to be completed.

Grading:  Students will be graded on participation in group religious activities and lessons, as well as their completion of all assignments.  


Reading: Students are encouraged to read on their own (or with a parent/sibling)  every night. 

Text: 

  • Reading Street, Scott Foresman
  • Frindle, Andrew Clements
  • The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
  • Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  • As well as a variety of short stories, poems, and novels. 

Other Resources: Lexia & Learning A-Z(RazKids)

Subject Matter:  Literature readings include contemporary and realistic fiction, biographies, autobiographies, and nonfiction. 

Expectations:  Students will be expected to read, understand, and critically analyze the stories read in class.  They will retell the stories in sequence and utilize the highlighted vocabulary. 

Grading:  Students will be graded on their ability to read and understand the stories assigned, test scores, weekly assignments, oral participation, and completion of written tasks involving the story content. 


Writing:  

Text: Writing Pathways, Lucy Calkins

Subject Matter:  Assumption School has adopted Writing Pathways across all grade levels.  These learning units are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will assist our knowledge of the teaching of writing.  In the Units of Study, students will be able to synthesize, analyze, compare and contrast information and ideas.  This program will give students the skills to write narratives, arguments, and informational texts. 

Expectations:  Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written language including correct principles of grammar. Students will actively engage in “Writer’s Workshop”.

Grading: Students will be graded on achievement of the above listed expectations.


Math:  

Text:  Envision Math Common Core Grade 3, Pearson

Other Resources: IXL.com

Subject Matter:  Skills covered will include addition and subtraction of 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers, measurement, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions and problem solving activities. Manipulative work will be used to teach and reinforce concepts.

Expectations:  Students are expected to understand the mathematical concepts presented as they participate in hands-on and written learning tasks. 

Grading:  Students will be graded on accuracy and completion of assigned work, observation of group work and test scores. 


Spelling/Phonics:  

Text:  Phonics and Spelling, Scott Foresman

Subject Matter:  Included in the study of phonics are alphabetical order, synonyms and antonyms, homographs, syllabication, blends, digraphs, and diphthongs. 

Expectations:  Students will be expected to participate in group lessons and complete written assignments as they work to learn the skills of word analysis. 

Grading:  Students will be graded on accuracy and completion of assigned written work, oral participation, and weekly spelling test scores. 

 

Social Studies:  

Text:  Communities, Houghton-Mifflin & Simple Solutions Social Studies Gr. 3 Workbook

Subject Matter:  Topics covered will include communities and geography, America’s early communities, community government, making economic choices, and celebrating people and cultures. There will be two large projects in Social Studies including a Native American studies project and a personal heritage project. 

Expectations:  Students will be expected to participate in all group discussions and written assignments.  They will need to work cooperatively and independently to complete projects and other assigned tasks.  In addition, they will demonstrate their knowledge in both oral and written forms. 

Grading: Students will be graded based on observation of cooperative group participation and behavior, written assignments, test scores, and projects


Computer Science: 

Subject Matter:  Coding, keyboarding, word processing, math and word skills will all be presented in this subject area. 

Expectations:  Students will be expected to participate fully and be able to demonstrate the computer skills presented. 

Grading: Students will be graded on participation and assessment of knowledge attained.


Art: Mrs. Mary Munoz (mmunoz@csdo.org)

Subject Matter: Students will realize art is another way to express oneself, develop ways of expressing ideas in visual form, explore and experiment with different art media, grow in awareness of the environment and heightened sensitivity to beauty, experience a sense of personal achievement and the joy of creation, develop muscular coordination through manipulation of art materials, learn to appreciate the visual expression of others.


Science: Mrs. Mary Munoz (mmunoz@csdo.org)

Text: Foss [hands-on program aligned to the new NGSS standards]

Subject Matter: Throughout the year we will be touching on topics including Water & Climate, Structures of Life, and Motion and Matter. 

Expectations: Students will be expected to fully participate in all hands-on and written science activities and discussions. They will be required to utilize higher level thinking skills as they learn to scientifically explore and discover the world around them. Students will be required to follow instructions carefully and practice safe procedures during all investigations.

Grading:  Daily performance and teacher observation of mastery of content through sharing of knowledge and demonstration of concepts learned through in-class and at-home investigations, in-class assessments and science notebooks.

 

P.E.:  Mr. Darren Deonigi (ddeonigi@csdo.org

Subject Matter:  Physical games and motor skills, group play and teamwork will all be emphasized in this subject area.  

Expectations:  Students will be expected to participate and exhibit proper sports behavior and self-discipline. 

Grading:  Students will be graded on achievement of the above listed expectations.  

 

Spanish: Mrs. Andrea Contreras (acontreras@csdo.org

Subject Matter: Students will

-Recognize and recite classroom words 

-Talk about wants and needs 

-Recognize animals in Spanish 

-Recognize food in Spanish 

-Recite the alphabet, colors and numbers in Spanish 

-Practice how to greet and introduce themselves 

-Discuss in Spanish the things they need and want for their class 

-Discuss the calendar and weather 

-Describe themselves and personality traits 

-Describe the items in their rooms and pictures 

-Describe how they prepare themselves for school 

-Describe extended family and family life in general 

-Students will recite and translate prayers 

New vocabulary, books, games, and music will be introduced around the theme of activities and personal traits.

Grammar: Students will learn vowels, adjectives, gender, cognates, infinitives, negatives, structures to express agreement and disagreement.

Cultural Perspectives: Students will learn about several Spanish-speaking Countries and cultural differences. They will also learn about Holidays (Independence Day, Day Of The Dead, Christmas, Cesar Chavez Day and Cinco De Mayo, Children’s Day, Three Kings Day). 

Expectations: Students are encouraged to participate in classroom activities and projects, and communicate with other students and I in Spanish. 

Grading: Grades will be based on class participation as well as completion of homework. 


Library: 

Breathtaking religious stained glass windows provide the perfect backdrop for an enriching library experience. Grades T/K – 3 check out books for [1] week; grades 4 and 5 get to check out books for [2] weeks. 


In addition to providing students with a variety of reading adventures, the library hosts an annual book fair through Scholastic in the spring. This event sparks a lot of excitement and enthusiasm—it’s like having our very own bookstore for a week!


Expectations:Students will be expected to adhere to the usual rules you would have in any other public library. Additionally, sometimes books do get lost or damaged. The policy for this school library is that in the event that this happens, the book would either need to be replaced with another book [in excellent condition] of equal value or remit a check made out to Assumption School that covers the cost of the book.


Music Class: Bill Vaughan (bvaughan@csdo.org)

Welcome back, and welcome to the new ‘temporary’ virtual musical class.

Subject Matter: During this stay-at-home start of the school year, when we cannot meet as a class to prepare for singing at Masses and concerts, I thought we could use this time to learn how to read all those little notes and symbols, and learn what they all mean. This is what I have been wanting to add to each class session for quite some time now, but because of our performance schedule, I didn’t have much of a chance. This way, hopefully, when we do return to school, and are able to sing in public again, the students will have a better understanding of how to read choral music. This will be an awesome step in your child’s musical journey that they can keep building upon as they grow up.

Depending on the class level, I will be using Seesaw, Google Classroom, Nearpod, Edpuzzle, Zoom, Loom, and perhaps new platforms that come our way. 

Our ‘Masses’ will be in the style of a Liturgy of the Word presented virtually. Students will have a chance to read and cantor virtually. I will piece all these videos together in Google Slides or Powerpoint and the liturgy will be presented to the whole school through Loom or an unlisted YouTube account. 

For the middle school grades, we will work on short composer projects. These will be done in Google Slides or perhaps a different platform that the child would like to explore, and presented to the class via Zoom.

Expectations: I am expecting students to listen to the asynchronous videos and attend the Zoom sessions. 

Grading: Grading will be based on watching the videos, attending Zoom sessions and occasional quizzes. Music class is Pass/Fail during this virtual time.


Exceptional Needs Program

To ensure that the needs of all learners are met, Assumption School has two part time teachers who support both students and their teachers.  Student services include both individual and small group pullout or push in instruction. If you believe your student has special needs please discuss your concerns with their teacher and/or the Learning Support Coordinator, Sue Mart (smart@csdo.org) or Reading Resource Teacher, Krista Imrie.  (kimrie@csdo.org)