Welcome to 3rd Grade!



Welcome to 3rd Grade! My name is Danielle Fenta and I am the 3rd grade teacher. This is my fourth year at St. Joachim School and my first year as the third grade teacher. I am a proud alumni of SJS! I graduated from Holy Names University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and I am currently finishing up the credential program at Holy Names University. This year we look forward to many exciting and challenging experiences. Some of these include learning cursive, multiplication, and division. We also look forward to learning about our local history. If you love to read, third grade is the place for you! We have some wonderful novels we will explore this year. We will also become better writers, as well as better followers of Jesus. 3rd grade will be a successful year!
3rd Grade Curriculum 

Religion: Lessons this year focus on specific scripture stories, liturgical seasons, and prayer. Family life activities occur during the last two months of school. We will begin each morning with prayer and attend Liturgy approximately once a month.
 
Math: Students will be using a math program from Scott Foresman Publishing, which is in its seventh year at St. Joachim. This program has many resources to help each child succeed. We will be heavily focusing on multiplication and division concepts as well as problem solving, place value, and measurement. Critical thinking and mental math skills will be used throughout the year. 
 
Reading: The students will initially participate in a reading rotation system focused on guided reading. The class will also read several short chapter books that may be thematically related to other subject areas. Reading genres will all be explored and students will be introduced to literature circles.

Writing: Lessons will concentrate on four different themes: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing. We will also be working on the writing process this year, which includes the following steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Social Studies: Students will begin to study lessons on California regions and develop skills involving maps. Third grade students will also learn about our local history, specifically how Hayward and the surrounding areas came to be.
 
Science: Third graders will focus on physical and life science this year. The first unit will include study about habitats and endangered animals, with a report on a specific endangered animal. Students will also learn about scientific processes, the study of matter, and the solar system.

P.E. is taught 2 days a week by departmentalized teachers.

Field Trips
McConaghy House
Giants Geometry Field Trip
Kennedy Park (End of the year farewell)