Welcome to 3rd grade! This is an exciting transition year into the intermediate level, building on the strong foundation formed in the primary grades. Our goals are to be responsible, respectful, safe, and to live like Jesus each day.
Each week we incorporate learning activities to develop social skills through the Boy's Town model. Third graders have many opportunities to develop social skills throughout the day as they partner up to practice and reinforce skills learned in language arts, math, science/health, and social studies. The students build confidence in sharing, as well as listening skills, through monthly speeches, Poetry Day, and weekly circle share time.
The third grade curriculum follows the Omaha Archdiocesan standards. We practice numbers sense and operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis & probability, and problem-solving. Third graders learn to build reading stamina when using phonetic skills to sound out and spell new words. All genres of literature are used while developing comprehension and fluency skills. We write our thoughts not only in language arts, but also across the curriculum. Communities of the past and the present, as well as Nebraska history, and map skills are studied. As scientists, we compare and contrast living vs nonliving, look at phases of matter, ecosystems, food webs & chains, the food pyramid with nutrition, earth & space, weather, magnetism, and electrical circuits. In religion, we study what it means to be Catholic, study the sacraments, prepare and participate in school masses, learn about saints, discuss & act out weekly gospel readings, participate in Advent & Lenten prayer services, and reach out to our community through acts of kindness.
St. Mary's is a wonderful place to grow academically, socially, and especially in our Catholic faith. It is a joy to be able to guide the 3rd graders and watch them blossom into wonderful citizens in our community!
- Mrs. Embury, 3rd Grade Teacher