Third graders honor Mary during October, the Month of the Rosary, by making their own beautiful rosaries. Volunteers from surrounding parishes come to the Third Grade Learning Center to give a presentation on the history and meaning of the Rosary. They bring with them all of the necessary supplies the students need. Children select their beads and crosses, and, with the help of parent volunteers, create their special Rosaries to use during morning prayer at school.
Students bring the whole family to Busch Gym for an evening of astronomy-related activities. Through hands-on projects and experiments, concepts learned in the classroom are reinforced in a fun and enjoyable environment. Balloon rockets, telescopes, and Oreo-cookie phases of the Moon are just a few of the creative ways students, siblings, and parents learn about the stars.
This exciting day is held every spring. During the prior weeks, students are busy developing a product and advertising campaign. Part of this process includes a writing assignment to describe the steps of how to make the product. On Market Day, they bring their items to school to “sell” to their classmates in a market setting. Students get to use “money” they have earned throughout the year by doing good deeds. They use their math skills to count money and make change.
On Pioneer Day, third graders step back in time to experience a typical school day for early American pioneer children. Modern day teachers become “school Marms,” and students must recite their lessons from memory in this recreated 19th century classroom. But it is all in good fun, and at the end of the day, everyone enjoys a delicious snack of corn-on-the-cob with homemade butter.
Third Grade students put their metric knowledge to work on this afternoon of hands on problem solving activities of all-things-metric. Parent volunteers guide the students as they travel to different locations to cut, measure, and combine using metric measurements and tools.