3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade! 


  • Christ Our Life: (We Believe/New Evangelization Edition)
    • God Calls Us to Faith
    • God is Great and Good
    • God’s Plan is a Plan of Love
    • Jesus is with Us on Our Way
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys (ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards)


    • Vocabulary, Vocabulary Strategies
    • Word Study
    • Grammar
    • Spelling
    • Close Reader
    • Writing Handbook
  • 3 Structured Writing Assignments:  Narrative, Descriptive, Informational
  • Literature:  Charlotte’s Web, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Stuart Little, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
  • Figurative Language
  • Accelerated Reader Program — Personalized goals for independent reading practice
  • McGraw-Hill, My Math (aligned to Common Core Math Standards)
    • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten:  Place Value/Addition/Subtraction
    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking:  Multiplication/Division/Properties/Equations
    • Numbers and Operations:  Fractions
    • Measurement and Data:  Measurement/Data/Perimeter/Area
    • Geometry
  • Houghton Mifflin, Communities
    • Community and Geography
    • America’s Early Communities
    • People Move from Place to Place
    • Community Government
    • Making Economic Choices
    • Celebrating People and Cultures


Students in third grade develop an understanding of key concepts through hands-on lab experiences to help them make sense of the world around them. The NGSS performance expectations in third grade science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices as well as crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real-world phenomena in scientific terms. In the third grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

There are eight science disciplinary core ideas in 3rd-grade science:

  • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Earth and Human Activity
  • Engineering and Design



  • Tanaka Farms
  • Heritage Hill
  • Laguna Beach Art Museum & culminating art activity
  • Segerstrom
  • Planetarium
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Rescue
  • Irvine Outdoor Ranch
  • Movement concepts
  • Social skills
  • Team building
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor Movement
  • Manipulative skills
  • Fitness Concepts
  • Healthy choices
  • Dance
  • Perceive and describe rhythm and movement in works of art and in the environment.
  • Describe how artists use tints and shades in painting.
  • Identify and describe how foreground, middle ground, and background are used to create the illusion of space.
  • Paint or draw a landscape, seascape, or cityscape that shows the illusion of space
  • Some Projects include:
    • Sculpture: clay assemblage and mixed media
    • Mask Making – Cultural Masks with Paper Mache
    • Acrylic Painting of Saint of Choice
    • Picasso Portraits of friend using drawing and perspective
    • Clay animals using Pinch Pot egg forms
    • Native American blanket scaled drawings showing patterns
    • Drawing Shade and shadow a ball with a cast shadow on a table.
    • Introduce complementary colors.

Lego Person Self Portrait

Overlapping and intersecting line study

  • Listen to, analyze, and describe music.
  • Apply vocal and instrumental musical skills.
  • Sing and memorize songs from diverse cultures.
  • Read and notate rhythms and notes.
  • Understand the historical contributions in cultural dimensions of music.
  • Hola! McGraw Hill
    • Numbers 0 through 1,000
    • Greetings
    • Interrogative words
    • Classroom vocabulary
    • Introduction to gender/noun agreement
    • Introduction to definite/indefinite articles
    • Introduction to plural forms of nouns and adjectives
    • Introduction to adjective/noun agreement
    • Colors with geometric shapes
    • Days of the week and months of the year
    • Basic use of the word SER
    • Basic use of the word IR
    • Expressing likes and dislikes
    • Expressions with GUSTAR
  • Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship — Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Networking


Homework is due the next day! At the end of each day, we write down our homework in our student planners. I will update homework daily on here as well.

Week of 10/21-10/25

Monday October 21st

  • ELA: Review vocabulary; worksheet p.59-60
  • Social Studies: Chapter 2 study guide
  • Spelling: Practice 2 times

Week of 10/14-10/18

Monday October 14th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice spelling 3 times 
  • Reading: Read for 25 minutes

Tuesday October 15th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times
  • Math: Adding 4 digit numbers 
  • Reading: Read for 25 minutes

Wednesday October 16th

  • No homework! 

Thursday October 17th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary
  • Reading: Read for 20 minutes
  • Spelling: Practice 2 times 
  • Math: Addition properties

Friday October 18th

  • Enjoy your weekend!!

Week of 10/7-10/11

Monday October 7th

  • ELA: Review Vocab
  • Religion: Review study guide
  • Spelling: Practice 5 times
  • Reading: Read for 20 minutes

Tuesday October 8th

  • ELA: Review Vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times
  • Religion: Study for chapter 3 test 

Wednesday October 9th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary; action verbs and being verbs
  • Reading: Read 25 minutes
  • Spelling: Practice 5 times 

Thursday October 10th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary; practice action/being verbs p.41-44
  • Reading: Read “Bat’s Love the Night” in Journey’s textbook
  • Math: Adding 3 digit numbers

Friday October 11th

  • All school mass on Sunday October 13th 9am. Come join us in your mass uniform and earn a free dress pass! 

Week of 9/30-10/4

Monday September 30th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary; singular/plural nouns p.17-18
  • Spelling: Practice spelling 2 times
  • Math: Add mentally p.83-84

Tuesday October 1st

  • ELA: Review vocab; p.5-6
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times
  • Reading: Read for 25 minutes;write in reading log

Week of 9/23-9/27

Monday September 23rd

  • ELA: Review Vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice 2 times
  • Math: Addition Patterns
  • Science: Complete study guide. Science test tomorrow! 

Tuesday September 24th

  • ELA: Review Vocab; Nouns/ Proper nouns 
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times
  • Reading: Read for 20 minutes
  • Spanish test tomorrow!

Wednesday September 25th

  • ELA: Review Vocab; compound sentences p.11-12
  • Reading: 20 minutes
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times

Thursday September 26th

  • ELA: Review Vocab
  • Reading: Read “Pop’s Bridge” in Journey’s textbook
  • Spelling: Practice 3 times
  • Math: Addition Patterns

Friday September 27th

  • Have a wonderful weekend! 

Week of 9/16-9/20

Monday September 16th

  • Reading: 25 Minutes
  • Spelling: Practice 5 times
  • ELA: Vocabulary 
  • Religion: Read Chapter 1, review study guide

Tuesday September 17th

  • Reading 25 minutes
  • Spelling: Practice 5 times
  • ELA: Review vocabulary and complete compound sentence worksheet
  • Spelling: Practice 5 times
  • Math: Addition properties

Wednesday September 18th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice 2 times
  • Social Studies: Complete chapter 1 study guide (only the pages that say “Chapter 1”) and read chapter 1 p.4-21

Thursday September 19th

  • ELA: Review vocabulary
  • Spelling: Practice 2 times
  • Reading: Read/review “Destiny’s Gift”
  • Social Studies: Study for chapter 1 test (review study guide/read chapter 1)

Tests on Friday September 20th

  • Journey’s week 3
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary
    • Grammar: compound sentences
    • Comprehension
  • Social Studies Chapter 1

Friday September 20th

  • Religion: Study for Chapter 2 Test.
    • We completed our study guide in class today
    • Each student took home their religion textbook

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