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Our Philosophy:

NCCE Third Grade uses a faith based approach to teaching academics through instilling Catholic values and encouraging students to respect others, take responsibility for their own actions, and follow the rules. Students learn in an environment where they feel confident to create and problem solve.  Our goal is to help students become academically and socially independent.

Third Grade Curriculum:

Religion

Students learn about God’s love through classroom experiences, weekly attendance at Mass, weekly participation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, daily prayer, and using our daily religion program and student materials called Blest Are We. Students learn different components of our church and all that she embodies, most importantly that Catholics are united to spread God’s Good News. Students also work through a Child Lures School Program. This program is designed as a safety program to teach children that they are empowered to protect themselves and to teach them skills they can use for a lifetime.

Language Arts

We use the SRA Imagine It Reading Program which is a comprehensive program that is researched based.  The program includes daily activities in phonemic awareness, comprehension, and language arts. The phonemic awareness component focuses on learning about blending, syllabication, decoding, word structure, and reviews how to use sound spelling cards. The comprehension component includes many different comprehension skills and strategies to help students achieve a better understanding of what they are reading. Some the skills and strategies include: author’s purpose, asking questions, clarifying, visualization, making predictions, comparing and contrasting, fact and opinion, literary elements, relating prior knowledge, making connections, adjusting reading speed, cause and effect. The language arts component includes spelling, grammar, and writing.

Math

We use Pearson’s enVisions Math Program.  This program uses a wide variety of hands on materials and resources such as manipulatives, scales, and center games.  It also uses online visuals and interactive stories to help students understand the different math concepts being taught along with writing.  The third grade concentrates on number sense, fractions, multiplication and division, time, measurement, and geometry.  We use Rocket Math as a supplement for strengthening students’ basic math facts.

Science

In third grade students’ major focus is understanding the scientific method in each area of earth science, life science, and physical science.  Earth science concepts include climate, patterns in weather, weather hazards, and weather technology.  When looking at life science the students will learn the concepts of life cycles of all living things, animal and plant survival, learning about the past through fossils, nature inspired technology, and animals and habitats. For physical science the third graders look into force and motion, electric and magnetic forces, and balanced and unbalanced forces.  In all these different area STEM activities are used to encourage a multidisciplinary approach. 

Social Studies

Teaching and learning happens in five different topics: Michigan history, government/civics, geography, economics, history focusing on Native Americans and the voyagers coming to America.

Handwriting

Students are taught cursive handwriting using the handwriting Without Tears curriculum which is meant to provide students with developmentally appropriate strategies for handwriting.

Workshop

Students are offered a variety of activities to enhance skills they are working on or need additional support in mastering.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Reading Support Program
  • Math Support Program
  • Accelerated Reader
  • NCCE Day
  • St. Francis Mass - donations made to a nearby animal shelter
  • Chippewa Nature Center - focusing on Michigan history

Other enrichment opportunities include art, music, gym, library, computer, and field trips.

Extended School:

  • After school Latch Key from 3:15 to 6:00pm.
  • Chess Club
  • Bowling
  • Music Lessons
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Girls on the Run
  • Engineering for Kids (ask our school for session days and times or go to engineeringforkids.com)

Resources or Parent Links:

How to get ready for Third Grade:

  • Read twenty minutes a day and write about your favorite part
  • Know addition and subtraction facts
  • Know how to make 10 (Example 1+9= 10, 2+8=10, 3+7=10, etc.)

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To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

– Mother Teresa