Busy Third Grade!
By Tess Hefty
The third graders hit the ground running at the start of the New Year! In religion, the students started learning about the sacraments and made their Lenten promises. At Christmas, they watched the nativity part of the
Jesus of Nazareth
movie and at Easter they will watch the Resurrection portion. The third graders completed a timeline of their lives in social studies this quarter. Then they began learning about ancient Rome and Greece civilizations and communities. The students have also started reading
In science, the third graders took part in a measurement lab while studying their “What is Matter?” chapter. They used balances and cylinders to measure volume and mass, and thermometers and rulers to measure temperature and length. Mrs. Byers has also taught these students the difference between standard and metric systems. Lastly, the third graders were assigned an optional project about energy and environmental awareness for the St. Agnes competition. They were able to do this project with a group or individually. Although this project was not required, the students received a homework pass for science from Mrs. Byers if they completed it. In math, the students worked on memorizing their multiplication and division facts. To help the third graders study, their teachers provided study guides, notes, acronyms, and songs.
For Valentine’s Day, the students decorated bags and passed out their Valentine’s candy. The third grade students have also been keeping up with their seminarian! They made a book with drawings for their seminarian, Jacob, and they collected treats for all the seminarians at St. Mary’s to enjoy. Looks like these third graders have had a very busy and exciting quarter!
Fourth graders examine sea shells as part of a science lab.
Gliding through the Year
By Laura Merlina
The fourth graders have been gracefully moving through the year in preparation for the fifth grade, with the help of their teachers, of course. From experiencing one of their first classic novels, to traveling through a time machine, they are gliding through the year with help from peers and instructors.
To get their creative minds thinking, Mrs. Ziegel, the science and math teacher, had them classify shells. They also explored classification and the properties of minerals. In addition, in Mrs. Ziegel’s math class, the scholars learned area and perimeter. They have grasped this concept, but when they didn’t grasp a concept, they practiced on the board and the students help each other. In other news, students have been having adventures in the dark in Mrs. Condara’s social studies class. Mrs. Condara had them go through a dark tunnel made of blankets and chairs, and after they went through, they had arrived in another era and learned about that moment in time. This fun adventure was a success! Speaking of fun learning, one of the best learning tools in theology class is watching singing videos. The fourth graders are coming to understand the Beatitudes, and they do this by singing along while watching amusing videos.
Even though the fourth graders are having fun as they grow up, they are getting serious about preparing for the fifth grade. The have commenced always writing in black pen in cursive. Speaking of growing older, in their English class, they are starting to read classic novels. They also focused on using correct grammar. Be sure to watch out for the fourth graders, as they are ending their third quarter. Although, this is not the last you will of see them, they will soon be the leaders of elementary!
Fifth graders learn about the branches of government and how to pass a bill into law.
By Hannah Yohr
The fifth graders had so much fun this third quarter! Mrs. Kim was on a roll this quarter with language and reading. In language arts, the project was a persuasive writing project. In reading, the activities were a fun puppet show, music videos, and interesting wanted posters. The main focuses in language were adjectives, adverbs, and different types of writing. Some reading comprehension skills were the QAR, which is the relationship between questions and answers. They also studied inferences. The test this quarter for language was an adjectives test. The test for reading was a comprehension test about stories that they read.
Mrs. Yager’s class was very productive this quarter with social studies and religion. The projects in social studies were a constitution, which showed the branches of government, and a westward expansion project. The main focuses in religion were Confirmation and the sacraments of healing, which were Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation. The test that was given this quarter for social studies was an American Revolution test. The tests for religion were a Baptism test, a Eucharist test, and a Confirmation test.
Mrs. Philips’ class had a fun third quarter with hard working students. The projects in science were an acids and bases project and a neutrals project using the scientific method. The main focuses in math were adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, coordinate grids, and graphing. The math tests were an adding and subtracting test and a coordinate grids test including bar graphs and line graphs. The science tests were a matter test and a forces and motion test. The fifth graders had so much productive fun this quarter!