Ms. Mary Wester, Teacher

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RELIGION: We are continuing with our new series from last year. The title of the third grade religion book is Alive in Christ. Third graders will discuss and learn about the seven essential, eternal truths of the faith- Revelation, Trinity, Jesus, The Church, Sacraments, Morality, and Kingdom of God.  All-school liturgy is celebrated on Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m.

READING: This year we are using Journeys Reading books. Students will learn essential skills and strategies including comprehension, decoding, composition, and study skills in the context of reading and writing. As a class, we will complete novels throughout the year including vocabulary and comprehension.

LANGUAGE ARTS: The writing program emphasizes the six traits of good writers. The rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics are introduced and reinforced. Cursive is practiced and worked on weekly.

MATH: Students have a textbook and workbook using Sadlier Math. Students will be using concepts and skills including computation, problem solving strategies, measurement, geometry, money, time, identifying patterns, fractions, graphs, and charts.  There will be constant reinforcements of skills throughout the year to ensure understanding of main concepts.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The curriculum provides an overview of topics including geography, United States history and government, economics, and sociology.

SCIENCE: The science program begins by examining Life science, which includes plants, animals, and care of the human body. Second trimester will be focused on Physical science. We will look into the movement of energy, forces, and matter. Lastly, we will wrap up the year with Environmental science, relating to Earth's land, Earth’s cycles, and space.