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Hello! My name is Mrs. Teresa McMackin and I am blessed to be teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. My current homeroom teaching assignment is third grade. I consider myself a bit of an expert in the areas of Reading fluency and comprehension.

At my grade level, there are certain curricular highlights every year.

In Religion class we focus on the development of each child's faith formation journey with God by  utilizing the four "pillars" of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  These four pillars of the Catholic doctrine are What Catholics Believe, How Catholics Worship, How Catholics Live, and How Catholics Pray.  These concepts will be learned through the use of scripture, daily prayers, attending weekly mass, our Religion textbook, and living as Jesus Christ taught us to live.

Math curriculum for Grade 3  will focus on four critical areas:  (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions; (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.  Students will also develop math vocabulary and critical thinking skills utilizing word problems.

Reading and Language development at this grade level  includes students developing skills through a variety of text.  Students will focus on comprehension, key ideas and details to demonstrate understanding of a text, characters, and central message of a story.  The development of craft and structure by learning vocabulary, referencing parts of a story to describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections, and distinguish their own point of view.  Students reading range, fluency, and phonics  are additional reading skills that are focused on in third grade.  Writing in third grade consists of the development of complete paragraphs, writing (opinion, informative and narratives) essays.   Also, the utilization of correct grammar,  as well as use technology to produce or publish writing.

Science lessons will emphasize such concepts as forces and interactions (physical science),  interdependent relationships in ecosystems (life science), inheritance and variation of traits - life cycles (life science), weather and climate (earth science) and stem experiments to influence the development of technology and engineering.

Social Studies curriculum at this grade level focuses on key concepts such as students becoming active and responsible citizens of their community, the state of California and the United States.  Students will focus on developing and understanding of citizenship, basic structure of government, famous people in history, national holidays, U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  Students will also learn about different native american cultures.

There is so much to learn and do in Grade 3. Every year also takes us on its own special journey.   There are many traditional events and a few surprises.    In the past, our curriculum has led us to such activities as hosting a Reconciliation breakfast with the second graders, International Day (learning about multicultural diversity), and field trips specific to Common Core content.

Come by our campus and I can tell you even more about Grade 3!