Third Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher
Third grade is a year when children become independent learners and thinkers. Students begin mastering skills and learning new, more complex skills. The third grade at St. James is departmentalized. The students’ day is divided equally between a language arts/ social studies teacher and a math/ science/ vocabulary teacher.
Experiences To Look Forward To
- Study of Constellations
- Flat Stanley Project
- Christmas Pageant
Room Mom & Dad
Lim: Brooke Johnson & Gwen Henry
Shahla: Dana Veillon & Gretchen Q=Petersen
Grade Level Rep
English and Language Arts:
- Vocabulary is taught from the Wordly Wise 3000 series.
- Students make the leap from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’.
- Third grade follows "Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish." We cover numbers to 10,000 which include place value, rounding, odd and even. We cover addition and subtraction through 10,000, multiplication and division, fractions, geometry, measurement and data, time and money.
- Science covers science as inquiry, energy and motion, characteristics of organisms, rocks and minerals and constellations.
- The art room is a hub of creativity. All lessons begin with an artist study or study of a technique or style. Then students create work in that style. Students work in a variety of mediums including tempera paint, watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and clay.
- In younger grades, students spend time practicing their fine motor skills in cutting, drawing, and painting with large brushes. As students grow, they begin fine tuning their work by adding creative details and using more sophisticated tools to express their art. Over time, students are able to begin focusing on the elements of art and learn specific techniques.
- The goal of the art program is to instill life-long knowledge, skills, and techniques that can be built upon in developing a true sense of appreciation for art for years to come.
- Our Christian Education program meets with all students once per week. During class the children learn about the liturgy, Sacraments, prayer, bible verses, and much more! Our lessons follow the liturgical calendar of the church. Monthly we focus on a different virtue such as thankfulness, truthfulness, kindness, and patience. The Guidance Counselor and I collaborate on these virtues so that the students learn about them from a Christian perspective and a social perspective.
- Our Christian Education program is designed so that the Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students receive a basic introduction into the topics covered all the way through 5th Grade but every year we build upon what is previously learned.
- Our lessons follow the Liturgical Calendar and include prayers, Parables of Jesus, parts of the Bible/Bible navigation, Miracles of Jesus, and Old Testament study. We also focus on one virtue per month and the School Counselor and I collaborate so that she teaches it from a social perspective and I teach it from a Christian perspective.
- Here at St. James we are fortunate to have technology as an added resource in our classrooms. Students are able to use their iPads to enhance the covered topics along with using a hard copy bible to locate and read bible verses by book, chapter and verse. 3rd-5th Graders use technology to research and create projects using Apps such as iMovie, Sock Puppets,and Thinglink to teach their classmates and younger students about a specific bible story or subject.
- The school counseling program cultivates and encourages the academic, personal/social, and career development of each child, as well as supports every students’ unique gifts through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling.
- The Guidance curriculum works in conjunction with the Christian Education curriculum to teach monthly virtues to the students. These virtues are part of the program “Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue”. The guidance aspect of these lessons focuses on the social aspect behind each virtue. Some of the virtues that are covered are goodness, tolerance, perseverance, and thankfulness, among many others.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade students learn about tolerance, respect, compassion, career education and goal-setting, as well as bulling prevention. Students understand that they should be respectful of everyone and accept others for who they are. Students learn about career paths and the importance of setting goals for themselves throughout their lives. The students also learn the definition of bullying and are able to differentiate between teasing and bullying. They learn how to be an advocate for themselves and others who may be going through uncomfortable situations related to bullying.
- The library is a dynamic, exciting place for exploration, reading, thinking, learning, creating, growing, showcasing student work, and coding on the iPad. The library strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, parents and faculty by ensuring a balanced, up-to-date collection of print and non-print resources are available for in-school and home use. Our library follows the professional standards of the American Library Association (ALA) for library instruction and collection development.
- Music at St. James Episcopal Day School is to provide our students with an opportunity to create and respond to music expressively. They will experience a variety of musical styles and genres through performance, technology, imitation and movement in the classroom. Children are taught the basics of music theory along with the works of great composers. It is our hope that they will discover the value and enjoyment of music.
- 3rd Grade will:
- Learn to put music into measures
- Be Exposed to music of varied genres
- Learn to apply solfege to the staff
- Identify verse and refrain
- Perform in a Christmas program
- Physical Education is more than recess and a time to play. It is a time for learning. One of my primary goals as a physical educator at St. James is to teach every child how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime. Our physical education program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that teach children how to be physically active in ways that foster creativity and self-expression, increase physical competence and self-esteem, and promote joy through lifelong physical activity.
- Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of body management, locomotor movement, manipulative skills, and rhythms/dance experiences. These units are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child in a safe learning environment.
- We provide experiences that encourage children to question, integrate, analyze, communicate, and apply cognitive concepts.
- Activities are taught throughout the year that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, thereby fostering an understanding of themselves and the acceptance of others.
- On-going fitness assessments are used to help children understand, enjoy, improve, and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.
- Class activities designed for maximum student participation, success, and fun.
- The Spanish program exposes our students to a world language, providing them with basic receptive and expressive language skills needed to communicate in Spanish as well as respect for other cultures. Physical response activities are used for the students to listen to and carry out spoken commands in a safe and fun environment, where the students feel free to take risks and participate.
- Third grade students will learn how to construct descriptive phrases, follow commands and instructions, and request food. They build on previous vocabulary and add the units "My House" and "The Wild Animals."
- STEM Education at St. James Episcopal Day School is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content of skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. St. James students will participate in STEM activities that are inquiry-based, that involve teamwork, and that involve collaboration.
- Upper elementary classes will cover topics, such as the properties of magnets, ecosystems, weather and climate, forces and interactions, earth's systems, energy, the structure and properties of matter, and space systems.
- In each unit, the students will conduct a short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of a topic.
- The students will be actively engaged in the engineering process. Constructing explanations and designing solutions in 3-5 builds on K-2 experiences and progresses to the use of evidence in constructing explanations that specify variables that describe or predict phenomena.
- iPads and a 3D printer will be used to enhance the study of engineering. iPads will be used to teach CAD programs, such as "Makerbot Printshop" and "123D Design."
Third Grade students began the year by painting brightly colored abstracts that will be used in a future collage project. They also created a self portrait in the style of fold artist, Howard Finster. Students also used line variety by making a line design with soft pastels.
Students spent the first few weeks reviewing stories from the Old Testament that they learned last year. We then studied the story of Daniel.
In third grade, the students and I read the story "Carla’s Sandwich", which tells a story about a little girl that creates unique sandwiches for lunch every day. The students make fun of her, but she continues to make her sandwiches because she likes to be different. The students then have an opportunity to try one of her creative sandwiches and love it! After that, all the students begin bringing unique sandwiches to school, realizing that being different is fun. The third graders then created their own sandwiches using Notability on their iPad. They shared their tasty/sometimes gross sandwiches with the class using the AppleTV. It was fun to see what the students created!
If a student in third grade wishes to swap out their library book before their assigned class time they are always welcome to come to the library from 7:50-8:10 a.m. every morning. If I am not with a class during recess, the library is also available for student use. Parents of third graders, please be on the look out for information on how to keep track of your child’s reading progress through "AR Home Connect." The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders learned how to access the "Destiny OPAC" system to locate materials in the library. I would like to encourage all students to check out the link pelicanlibrary.follettdestiny.com to search for St. James Episcopal Day School library books at any time.
All of our students were wowed by the wonderful library update! We are so blessed to have such a fresh and renewed facility. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the remodeled library please do so soon! Please mark your calendars for the book fair November 12-17, 2017.
Third graders have begun learning the songs for our Christmas musical. We watched a "Brainpop" about reading music. We used what we learned by analyzing the music for Christmas. We also started learning our song for the Spring Musical.
Third grade started the year working on sportsmanship and teamwork; learning how to communicate and cooperate together to complete various small and large group challenges. Our first skill unit was on striking and the importance of the "ready position" to improve hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and agility while playing "Fitness Four Square."
Third grade P.E. focuses on moving beyond simple skill knowledge as students begin to apply basic manipulative skills in dynamic team play. Our new heartrate monitors and "Bring Your Parent to P.E. Week" have been the highlights for the first nine weeks.
Third grade learned greetings, days, and weather. They also learned to describe their feelings and enjoyed creating a book in the app, "Book Creator", with pictures they took representing their feelings.
In the third grade classes, we used the "Edu Creation" app to begin designing a floating garbage can. This is a project-based learning assignment that will be worked on throughout the year. They have also enjoyed mentoring the lower grades in technology every month.
- Third Grade artists have been busy creating their art show piece inspired by “Mary Poppins,” as well as beautiful Christmas angels. Students also working on their drawing skills by adding main a dragon’s eye by using texture as a primary detail.
- Students began the Nine Weeks with a study of All Saint’s Day and then completed a saints project. We also discussed the virtues: Perseverance, Thankfulness, and Faith. The children completed an acrostic poem by writing things they are thankful for beginning with each letter of the word, thankful. Then, students had to find pictures of those items and create a PicCollage. The children reviewed the Liturgical Calendar while learning about the season of Advent, St. Nicholas, and the Nativity.
- Third graders read the story "You are Special" and had a great discussion about how we treat others. In the story, the people were judged based on their appearances and the special skills they had. They were given stars (good) and dots (bad) depending on how others felt about them. It is always great to see the students reactions to this story because they know this isn’t how we should treat each other. The story concludes with the main character learning that our Creator made us exactly how He wanted us to be. The students then completed a page on their iPad about where they think the world tells us to find value and where God tells us to find value. Their answers are always thoughtful and it is great to hear their responses to the question!
- Students in third grade participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week, December 4-10. They learned what a QR code is and how to read one using the ipad. The students were given a bookmark that highlights programs that will allow them to practice this exciting language not just at school but anywhere they have access to a device and the internet. Parents are encouraged to try coding too! Visit https://hourofcode.com/us to learn more.
- There were 71 second through fifth grade students, who were invited to the first nine weeks reading celebration. The students learned how to make slime just in time for Halloween. The next celebration will take place in January. The goal for all of our students is consistent daily reading!
- The students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have have spent most of their time in music learning the songs for Christmas musical “Sheep, Shepherds and a Savior”. Each student is given a folder with the music and we are learning the finer points of music reading as we prepare for the program. The students have done a fabulous job.
- Third grade has been working on throwing for power. The critical elements of how to overhand throw was reviewed and practiced over several weeks. The hardest critical element to master has been to step with the opposite foot. We are now putting our skill to the test by playing a fun and dynamic game called Tchoukball that involves teams throwing and catching against two nets.
- Third Grade learned to describe animals and family members. They had so much fun working in groups to create a Paper Slide Video describing different pieces of clothing.
- Mrs. Lim’s and Mrs. Shahla’s third grade classes learned that the Scientific Method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena during the second nine weeks. They really enjoyed using the techniques that they discussed in STEM lab to create a chemical reaction. They used the edu creation app to document their predictions and to reflect upon their findings. The third grade classes participated in the Hour of Code week. One of the programs that they enjoyed was the Foos code program. The third graders will be studying types of soil, all about composting, and parts of a plant cell. The Zspace/virtual reality computer will be used to study the difference between plant cells and animal cells. We now have a beautiful garden located for all of St. James community to enjoy. It is located behind our gym. This will be an on going project-based learning experience for all of our students. Thanks to all of our Boy Scouts and dads for meeting Mrs. Feduccia on a Saturday to work hard assembling the garden. Mr. Sanders did an awesome job organizing everyone. We are all looking forward to putting our hands in the soil mixture that Father Howe researched for us.
- Third Grade Artists also studied Jim Dine and created repetitive hearts for Valentine’s Day. Students also painted a city landscape of Baton Rouge at sunset. Finally, students completed their self portrait in the style of folk artist, Howard Finster.
- Students began the Nine Weeks with a study of the virtues, hope and loyalty. The children reviewed the Liturgical Calendar while learning about the seasons of Epiphany and Lent. We spent the remainder of the Nine Weeks hearing stories of Jesus’ miracles such as the wedding at Cana, Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter, and Jesus healing a Gentile woman’s demon possessed daughter.
- In 3rd grade we talked about responsibility. We read a story about twin sisters, one who was responsible and one who was not. The students were able to relate to one of the sisters, but in the end, wanted to be more like the responsible one because she was given more privileges. The students thought it was unfair at first that one twin was given more freedom and playtime, but soon realized it was because she was getting her chores and homework completed while her sister wasn’t. They all decided they would try to be more responsible. I can’t wait to hear about their responsible choices at school and at home in the future!
- The 3rd 9 weeks was a great time to discuss biographies by exploring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the book Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. We continued researching his accomplishments by using World Book Online. The students may use the World Book Online Encyclopedia at home by going to www.worldbookonline.com. The username is sjstudents and password is pelicans. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading and discussing stories by the author. The students created phrases and pictures in the spirit of Dr. Seuss. 3rd graders are encouraged to read everyday!
- The third graders loved working on “Prince Ali” from Aladdin. During our class time we have been singing songs about traveling. We have also been exploring rhythm. We have learned how to put the correct number of beats in measures according to the time signature.
- Third and Fourth graders learned to identify 16 muscles of their body while reciting a fun muscle rap. To reinforce their knowledge, several different team games were played. Students performed a skill to ‘earned’ a muscle label to place on their team’s muscular skeleton. The team with the most muscles correctly labeled won the game. Currently, we are learniing different exercises that are associated with the muscles that they learned.
- Our skill practice during the 3rd quarter was learning how to run into a turning long jump rope. It can be tricky and you have to be quick. Run in as soon as the rope touches the ground!
- 3rd Grade learned how to name parts of the body in Spanish by creating a Popplet Chart of their body. They learned vocabulary words of items around the classroom and rooms an items around the house.
- This nine weeks has been a rocking good time in STEM Lab. Our third grade students were rock stars for sure! They thoroughly enjoyed studying all about the rock cycle. One of their favorite things to do during this unit was to create their own rocks out of clay. I think they all would like to go to visit the Grand Canyon this summer after studying how it was formed. When the mobile mine company came to allow them to do a type of mining they said it was the best day ever! The classes have been enjoying learning the new apple swift playground app as well. They will be using code to fly our drones soon.
- Students spent this nine weeks focusing on line, shape, color, texture, and form. They began by completing their self portrait in the style of Howard Finster. Students created a ship in a bottle as a take on stained glass, as well as worked on their collaborative piece to sell at the auction. Then, students explored form by making necklaces out of clay . Finally, students painted Koi fish on beautifully textured watercolor paper.
- The children reviewed the Liturgical Calendar while learning about the seasons of Lent and Easter. The students learned about the events of Holy Week and the Resurrection. We spent the remainder of the Nine Weeks hearing stories of Jesus’ parables such as the Prodigal Son, The Great Supper, and the Great Feast. We concluded the Nine Weeks with a lesson on Pentecost.
- Third graders have been listening to the music of the Beatles and The Beach Boys from the 1960’s . We compared their unique sounds and harmonies. We also learned about copyright laws in the case of “Surfin’ USA” being almost an exact copy melodically of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”. It was very interesting.
- The 3rd grade skill unit in the 4th quarter focused on striking. Students learned how to underhand serve, foreward arm pass (bump), and set a volleyball by playing several small-sided skill activities. At the end of the unit, students played a 3 vs. 3 round robin tournament with beachballs.
- The 3rd grade finished the school year practicing various skills they had learned playing cooperative handball. This dynamic, fast-paced game requires teamwork (communication, problem-solving, and cooperation) as teams movement to catch and throw an object down the field to score.
- 3rd Grade learned to identify and name places in the community. They created a map of a community following descriptions of where the places were located using north, south, east, and west. They also practiced how to request food and express their likes about food.
- Our third grade classes have really enjoyed learning the swiftplayground app, which teaches students how to code a drone. A big thanks to Mrs. Fin and Mr.McCrary for purchasing the Parrot Drones and always being so willing to help with many new innovative teaching methods. Mrs. Lim's and Mrs. Shahla's classes' favorite thing on STEM Day was to use their Skyview app inside the STAR Lab dome.