3rd Grade

Course ID
3rd Grade
Mrs. Denise Pippin
Instructional Aides
Mrs. Debra Johnson & Kathy Ashcraft

September’s “Featured Artist” is the 19th C. French painter, Henri Rousseau. The students had fun creating fantasy jungle drawings in the style of the artist, who was a Post- Impressionist.

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you to 3rd grade!  This year the students will continue on their educational journey in their academic skills as well as their life skills. Self-esteem, risk taking, and decision making are strengthened through the Workshop Way® daily schedule of tasks and lessons, incorporating grade-level curriculum that meets state and diocesan standards. The 3rd grade curriculum is based on a framework rooted in literacy, inquiry, citizenship and diversity. These areas of emphasis will be woven into lessons for all subject areas.

In religion class the students will learn ways they can actively participate as members of the Church, especially through prayer and worship.  The students will explore questions of faith and spirituality, while reflecting on the mystery of God’s love. The students will have experience with the Bible, primarily the Gospels, as well as with the liturgy of the Church.

Language Arts/Reading:
All of the units in our “Imagine It” reading series are organized around a central theme- kindness, or courage, for example. These units allow students to expand on prior knowledge and experiences, while others involve students in the research and discovery process. Phonics, word fluency, grammar, and mechanics are addressed in reading sessions, and whole-class reading and writing lessons.

In math this year students will review place value up to the hundred thousands, and work addition and subtraction problems with regrouping. We will use basic multiplication facts and practice multiplication and division up to the 9’s.  Then we will multiply up to four digits by a 1 digit multiplier, and begin long division. Geometry, fractions, measurement, and decimals will also be covered.

Social Studies:
In general, third graders will learn about citizenship, geography, and basic economics. Our focus will be on the “Classroom Constitution.” In addition to a larger, global perspective, we will study and celebrate our own country, America. We will finish with the history of San Diego County, learn about our local band of Kumeyaay Native American Indians, and study how communities and groups change over time.

Students learn “weaving” as part of the lesson on the Kumeyaay Indians.










The goal of the California Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] is to prepare students to be informed citizens and future scientists. Students build mastery through repeated learning experiences centered around natural “phenomena” [everyday events in nature and their lives].  This year we will touch on all of the sciences.  We begin with a unit on life sciences, discussing adaptations, and changes in environments. Next we study earth sciences and discuss the solar system and cycles and patterns in space. Last, the physical sciences, in which we study matter, and energy. Our quarterly “Science Days” are held in the parish hall with project based learning activities.

I look forward to a great year together!

Mrs. Denise Pippin

Student art work following featured painter, Henri Rousseau



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