Welcome to 3rd Grade!
by Ms. Yesenia Ayala
When I was younger I never saw myself in a teaching role. I had been working at my local library, in the Children’s Books section, when I was given the role of reading to the children on Saturday mornings. It was then that I realized, “Hey, I might actually be good at this teaching thing!” Consequently, I completed my Master of Education degree with Teaching Emphasis in 2017, and headed on the journey of teaching little ones. This will be my fourth year teaching 3rd grade and I absolutely love it! The children are always so excited to learn and I am especially passionate about showing how much fun learning can be. Creativity plays a heavy role in all of my teachings, as I believe that it gives students a great opportunity to access their artistic and creative skills.
In addition to creativity, my travel experiences and excitement about the world also feeds into my classrooms. I have always encouraged the celebration of my students' identities, empowering them to learn more about their own cultures and the cultures of their peers. I was fortunate enough in the summer of 2018 to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal and I was humbled at the magnificence and power of walking, as millions of people have done, in search of enlightenment. One of my small hopes is that my students can also see how beautiful and absolutely incredible the world can be, and learn how they can make a positive impact in the world around them.
3rd Grade is the beginning of independence for students! This is the time where the students are slowly gaining trust in themselves and independently making choices in their learning.
Throughout the school year we will be practicing helpful activities and strategies for Social Emotional Learning. Emphasis will be placed on Growth Mindset, as it is a catalyst for instilling confidence in students and their learning. In Third Grade we acknowledge that certain obstacles will arise, some of which may be challenging; with Growth Mindset, children will learn that these obstacles are opportunities for growth and with practice and confidence, challenges can be overcome.
Watch an episode of Growth Mindset from ClassDojo here.
English Language Arts
Reading is of utmost importance in all grade-levels. In third grade, students have received some of the skills necessary for reading, and are now in the process of learning how to comprehend and interpret the information in any given text. In addition, students are continuing to learn new reading strategies which will help them to decode difficult words and to increase their fluency.
Writing will come with a few exciting opportunities, such as learning how to put together logical sentences and paragraphs in a cohesive manner in order to complete an Opinion, Narrative, and Informational essay. Students will be using (and learning) new skills to complete works such as an Imaginative story and an Informational Animal Report. Throughout our writing time the students will be given choices of different prompts to pique their interest in each of the writing topics; in this way students may learn to have a positive relationship with their writing skills and the writing process.
3rd Grade math is especially fun! This year we are learning and memorizing our multiplication and division facts, all the while using fun strategies in order to recall them at a moments notice (because who doesn’t love last-minute multiplication quizzes?). Furthermore, we are learning the importance of understanding fractions and equivalent fractions and how they are simply part of a larger whole. Area and perimeter are also introduced this year and tie rather nicely when building animal enclosures during our animal science units. These are just a few of the topics that we will be focusing on, but rest assured we will be touching upon all the important math standards so that the students will be ready to go for fourth grade!