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Grade 3 - Mrs. Goltsov

Kerry Goltsov

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I have taught 3rd grade for over 10 years.  My son Jake is a graduate of St. Christopher School! My hobbies include reading, traveling, going to the beach in the summer, and spending time with my family.

October News

It is hard to believe that September is over already!  The class has adjusted very nicely to the changes that third grade brings.  We have had some first big tests and they have shown me they are up for the challenge.  They are eager to learn!

We met with our Pre-K(Landry) buddies last week for the first time.  The themed activity was fall leaves!  We had so much fun helping out the "little ones!" The 3rd grade thought all of the Pre-K was "just so cute!"  We plan to meet once a month for some fun!

There is some material that we are learning now that will carry us into October, and of course a lot of new things as well!

Math: We just started addition with more than 2 addends.  This is a bit of a review from last year, but we are building on the basic addition facts with estimating to the nearest ten and hundred, and regrouping.  In order to recall the facts quicker, we like to play fun math games and work problems on the white board.  Addition with larger numbers will soon follow, so we need to brush up on the basics!  Brainpop Jr.  is a favorite resource as another learning tool in our math lessons.  It shows some creative ways along with humor, to make math more enjoyable for some.

Religion: We continuing our theme of living the way Jesus wants us to.  Discussion continues of the disciples through stories.  We will be starting to do role playing and jugdging whether or not Jesus would be happy with our choices, and discuss ways to make better choices.  New vocabulary words are taught with each lesson.  In the next few lessons we will be learning how the church began and how it grew.  We will also do a few art pieces on "listening to Jesus" and "Heaven."

Social Studies: We are continuing the theme of different communities.  We just began learning about rural, suburban, and urban communities.  We will "travel" to Bridgewater, VA--Levittown, NY--Chicago, IL.  We will be classifying features of each community to see how they are alike and different.  Because geography is a large piece of social studies, we will be studying maps of the 3 places and learn about what people enjoy about their community.  We will learn about the different celebrations and compare the ethnic and cultural differences.

Language Arts: Our second reading unit is about to begin entitled "Wonders of the Sea."  We will read many adventure stories!  Vowel sounds are the highlight in phonics this month.  Grammar has us busy with nouns, verbs, and different kinds of sentences.  For spelling, just a reminder to check out SpellingCity.com for a review of those weekly spelling words!

At the end of this month, we will be having a Halloween party.  I will let you know more details soon!

Also, 3G's first book report will be assigned soon.  The book must be a chapter book with no less than 100 pages.

As always, my door is always open if you have a question or concern!



September News in 3G

We have really been busy these last few weeks!  All of us are learning the new routine and schedule, while getting accustomed to all of these books!!  So far we have done so much in each subject already and there is so much more to come.  We are ready for the challenge though!

Math:  we are reviewing some skills from second grade and learning to take notes in class.  We are halfway through chapter 1 and have learned place value, comparing numbers, and rounding so far, and will continue with money. 

Religion:  we are learning more about how to be like the disciples of Jesus.  We will continue this through stories, actions, and crafts.  There are many vocabulary words in third grade and a lot more to learn!

Social Studies:  Both third grades have Mrs. G for Social Studies, and we are just about finished with our first chapter.  We are exploring different communities around the world and comparing them to our own.  So far, we have "been to" El Paso , TX--Astoria, OR--Wilmington, NC--Denver, CO, and are about to "travel" to Timbuktu!  We have heard many vocabulary words and are learning to write definitions for these words.  Perfecting our map skills and understanding geography will be a big part of this course.

Language Arts:  We had our first spelling test already and are in lesson 2!  We have read two stories in literature and discussed summary, characterization, and context clues.  In grammar, we are learning how to write proper sentences and knowing the difference between subject and predicate.  This will continue into the next couple of weeks.  We work on our handwriting each day across all subject areas because cursive is coming soon!  In phonics, we are reviewing letter sounds, consonants, and short and long vowel sounds. 

There is lots more news to come, so check back next month!  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer!  I am looking forward to a great year with all of you.  We will work hard, have fun, and learn a lot!

Mrs. G Smile

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