Our Language Arts Program integrates reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. The McGraw-Hill Wonders literature anthology is designed to ignite the spark of inquisitiveness present in every child by using classic, contemporary, and multicultural literature to build motivated and successful readers and writers. Along with reading, vocabulary, and word analysis, the following strategies will be taught:
Story Elements Cause/Effect
Main Ideas/Details Making Inferences
Story Mapping Classification
Summarizing Figurative Language
Using Context Clues Biographical Reading
Comprehension Monitoring Predicting Outcomes
Fact/Opinion Sequence of Events
GO MATH! supports the Standards for Mathematical Practices through a carefully sequenced arc of learning where students develop deep conceptual understanding, and then practice, apply, and discuss what they know with skill and confidence in four content strands:
Whole Number Operations Add and subtract within1,000; represent and interpret data; understand multiplication, multiplication facts and strategies, use multiplication facts; understand division, division facts and strategies.
Fractions Understand and compare fractions.
Measurement Time, length, liquid volume, and mass; perimeter and area.
Geometry Exploring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes and other geometric concepts.
The Pearson Interactive Science Write-in Student Edition nurtures the inquisitive side of students and engages them in new and varied ways. Organized into three distinct pathways – reading, inquiry, and digital – Interactive Science makes learning science in three major blocks – Life, Earth, and Physical Science – personal, relevant, and engaging. Interactive Science provides support for multi-dimensional learning of the Disciplinary Core Ideas, the Crosscutting Concepts, the Science and Engineering Practices, and the Performance Expectations.
The focus in third grade social studies is communities. Pearson myWorld Social Studies We Are Connected focuses on exploring concepts and building knowledge about Our Communities, Our Environment, Communities Build a Nation, U.S. Government, Citizenship, A Growing Nation, Working in Our Communities, Celebrating Communities; transferring learning beyond the classroom
We will also study our own state of Illinois through a unit on the ‘Prairie State’, and the Village of Western Springs is explored through an expeditionary learning experience.
Each grade level (1 thru 8) focuses on one of the seven continents. The third grade continent of study is South America. During our exploration of this fascinating continent, students will be able to learn more about its people, cultures, geography, rainforests, and animals.
The importance of our Catholic faith is stressed each day through prayer, song, Bible stories, and discussion. Our religion series, Blest Are We Faith in Action, reflects what it means to be a Catholic from the core teaching of our Faith. It also emphasizes discipleship, liturgy, worship, and unity in our Church community through:
The Church Is One
The Church Is Holy
The Church Is Catholic
The Church Is Apostolic
The Church Has a Mission to the World
As a vehicle for more scripture and liturgical-based Religion lessons, each third grade student will be presented with a personal copy of the New American Bible (which will ‘travel’ with him/her through future years at St. John of the Cross Parish School).
Spanish Grades 1-5
The goal of the Spanish program in Grades 1-5 is to provide an environment where students can gain knowledge of the Spanish language by building confidence and enthusiasm in the beginning student. Correctness is not the main objective but rather to build positive attitudes. Repetition and positive reinforcement are critical. The following topics are covered:
Sign of the Cross, Prayers, Names, Greetings, Farewells, Polite Words, Feelings, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Calendar, Weather, Parts of the Body, Clothing, Classroom Objects, Family, Places to Go, Transportation, Songs, Chants, Hispanic Customs and Holidays