Mrs. Sarah Schiltz


Welcome to Third Grade!

Welcome to the learning adventures in third grade! Saint John Vianney School is a wonderful environment for a child. Our classroom is a place a child feels safe. We care about one another and show respect for each other. We work together to experience successes.

Students continue to develop problem solving skills, decision making skills, and grow in their faith. Our Religion class includes learning about the lives of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints. We plan masses and prayer services. The third grade plans the May Crowning Mass to honor Mary. Third graders read a variety of story genres, and they learn different methods to analyze the stories. Phonics skills are developed by using the Vowac program. Students have weekly spelling tests. Grammar and writing are components of our Language class. Problem solving is an important aspect of math. Other math concepts include place value, geometry, measurement, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Communities is our focus in Social Studies. Students learn about what makes a community, different communities in our world, and the people who live in them. Science topics include living things, ecosystems, weather, matter, and energy. At the beginning of the year, cursive handwriting is reviewed and then used throughout the year. Art incorporates a variety of materials, methods, and projects. Students use educational software, word processing, the internet, and develop keyboarding skills in Computer class. Three times during the year, the students take standardized tests using the computerized math and reading NWEA’s. We use the Smartboard during our classes.

Third graders participate in several activities. We use two reading programs which are Accelerated Reader and Book-It. Students do book and writing projects. Our class visits residents of a local retirement home. We do things to celebrate our church’s liturgical year. During Lent, we participate in Stations of the Cross activities. Students take part in service projects. We do science experiments. We go on a field trip to learn more about communities.

Third grade is a place to grow in faith and learn together. If you have any questions, please contact me at Join us at Saint John Vianney School in Fairmont, MN!

Sarah Schiltz