Welcome to Grade 3!
- Learning occurs in a variety of ways and at different rates.
- It is important to provide the children with a variety of learning experiences that are compatible with all the learning styles and needs present in our class.
- Children should actively engage in their own learning process.
- Lessons are formatted in such a way as to promote discovery, creativity, and exploration, as well as cooperative learning opportunities.
- We will use a variety of sources for math work including Math Makes Sense, Journeys, and teacher created materials.
- Students will be introduced to new concepts through a variety of hands-on learning activities.
- On most days, the students will do practice questions in class; however, sometimes students may be given practice questions to be completed at home.
- At the end of every unit there will be a test and/or assignment for the students to demonstrate what they have learned. Several days notice will be given for major tests.
- The focus of the social studies program is global indigenous peoples.
- We will study indigenous people of Canada and from a variety of other countries, including celebrating different cultural festivals.
- We are starting the year by learning to read and create basic maps.
- Students will complete a project for our class culture fair.
- We will start the year learning about landforms.
- Other units covered will be thermal energy and biodiversity.
- The focus of the science fair will be properties of atoms.
- Each class will have the opportunity to prepare a school Mass during the year. Parents are welcome to attend our school Masses. The Grade 3's are leading the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10th and a Mass on April 20th.
- We will be using the Christ Our Life program to enrich the student’s knowledge of our Christian Catholic faith. In addition, the students will take part in the I'm a Gift from God program in the third term.
- The Archdiocesan theme for this school year is "Care for the Common Home.”
- As a school we will be participating in several initiatives to live out the theme (ie. lights off days, garbage reduction, recycling)
- Reading is an important part of all subject areas. A variety of literature will be used to compliment the various themes this year. Students will read 2 novels in class this year (Charlotte's Web, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Students are encouraged to read at home daily for at least 10-15 minutes. Students should read both silently and aloud to further develop their reading skills.
- The overall writing process (pre-writing, drafting, editing, proofreading, publishing, and presenting) will be explored. Students will also learn about writing paragraphs, developing short stories, writing poems, report writing, and journal writing.
- Weekly spelling words will be given on Mondays. Activities to reinforce the pattern(s) will be handed out on Tuesdays. These activities will be due on Thursdays. Formal spelling tests will be given on Fridays. Please ensure your child studies the weekly words on a daily basis.
Grammar and Handwriting:
- Students will do weekly grammar and handwriting activities in their workbooks throughout the year. Students will be required to handwrite some assignments to demonstrate their ability to use handwriting in their daily work in the third term.
Listening and Speaking:
- Various listening and speaking experiences will be provided. Students will also be involved in choral speaking, oral reading, presentations, discussions, and drama.
- P.E. will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with Mr. Zucchetto. The children should bring their full P.E. uniform on these days. Fitness Blocks will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children will only need their runners on these days.
- Library class with Mrs. Auld takes place on Monday mornings. Book exchange will be on Tuesday afternoons; therefore, please ensure your child returns his/her library books to school every Tuesday in order to be able to check out new books.
- Holy Cross offers many extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the various activities offered throughout the school year.
- Cross Country is a great opportunity for students to begin participating in school sports.
- Students will be provided with many opportunities for enrichment either in class or through our Enrichment Program with Mr. Riccardi. Students will be referred to the Enrichment Program each term by the classroom teachers (in consultation with Mr. Riccardi).
- Students will receive ample time to study for tests.
- Study guides will be provided to students.
- Tests will come home via their agenda and must be signed and returned to school the next day.
- Please ensure any money sent to school is sealed in an envelope or Ziploc bag with your child’s name and grade clearly printed on the front. All money and notes should be handed in first thing in the morning.
- Please note that for Scholastic book orders only cheques payable to Scholastic Canada are accepted. No cash please.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
I am looking forward to a great year!!
-Miss Kristina Manfron
All Points Bulletin