3rd Grade

Teacher

MARY MARSOLAIS
mmarsolais@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

Students focus on the concept of God as Trinity.  They study the four marks of the Catholic Church and the meaning of the sacraments of initiation, healing and vocation.  There is an emphasis on the Ten Commandments and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as well as on the many opportunities for ministry in word, worship, and service.  The lives of the saints provide examples of Christian living. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program.  Students explore the concepts of human families and God’s family, using one’s senses to learn about the world, that all living things reproduce, and God’s call for us to live in community.

 

 LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Junior Great Books, The Great Books Foundation
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics, Zaner-Bloser
  • Everyday Spelling, Pearson
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS

Students read stories for oral fluency and acquisition of comprehension, vocabulary skill development Through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore texts in-depth as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas to, and,  extend their thinking. The Accelerated Reader Program, based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guides them to books that are difficult in order to keep them challenged. The self-paced Wordly Wise Vocabulary online program aids students in the building of their vocabulary skills and basic grammar mechanics for usage in writing. Students learn to write in-depth the purpose and structure of narrative, informative/expository, opinion texts.  Students have multiple opportunities to write about what they have read to deepen their understanding of texts, analyze authors’ arguments, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

 

MATH

  • My Math, McGraw-Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students are able to read, write, and compare numbers to the hundred thousand, know their basic multiplication and division facts to 12, identify, label,  find the area, volume, and perimeter of geometric shapes.  Students estimate sums and differences, and can solve problems by finding patterns.  They write and solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division sentences. They learn to read, write, and illustrate simple fractions and change decimals into fractions. Students learn to collect data and make tally charts, pictographs, bar graphs, and circle graphs and solve multi-step word problems.  The daily integration of the ST Math online program and 1:1 iPad utilization reinforces the acquisition of skills and allows for practical differentiated learning opportunities.

 

SCIENCE

  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education
  • Science, Scott Foresman

Science lessons are approached as experiential and hands-on utilizing scientific inquiry, investigation, and the use of a notebook for unit organization.  Students develop skills of classifying, predicting, measuring, experimenting, and forming hypotheses. They learn adaptations in physical structure and/or the behavior of organism’s chance for survival, predictable patterns in the solar system, and that energy and matter have multiple forms.  Students make predictions based on observed patterns and participate in cooperatives/collaborative team experiments and conduct scientific investigations based on the Scientific Method in order to participate in the all-school Science Fair. Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study. The STEM infused interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs provides rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science
  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Students learn the descriptors of physical and human geography using maps, tables, graphs and photographs.  They study the American Indian nations of their local regions and how settlers left their marks on those regions.  They can explain the role of rules and laws in daily life and the basic structure of American government.  Students learn the basic structure of the United State of America’s government, its national landmarks, the economy, the fundamentals to develop a mini-society and study the history of Orange County. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

 

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama and Physical Education