3rd Grade

Third Grade

About Ms. Newkirk

Ms. Newkirk is thrilled to be joining the Saint Ann community! Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, she graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota with a degree in Communication.  She also recently completed a Masters of Elementary Education through Loyola University Chicago.  Prior to teaching at Saint Ann, Ms. Newkirk worked with English language learners and taught second and third grade in Chicago Catholic schools.

About Third Grade


Students at Saint Ann practice the same important reading strategies every year, with increasing levels of difficulty.  Here is a list of the strategies we will master in third grade:

  • Story Elements
  • Character Development
  • Questioning
  • Plot Summary
  • Problem/Solution
  • Predicting
  • Connecting
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Evaluating

All year long, we practice on reading fluency – how many words we can read correctly in 1 minute.  While fluency is incredibly important, we also know that reading comprehension – really understanding what we read – is just as important!


During third grade, students transition into writing complete paragraphs.  Third graders will focus on three genres of writing this year: opinion, informative, and narrative.


Our third grade math curriculum is builds upon what they learned in Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade.  Saint Ann uses Saxon math, which uses a “spiraling” curriculum.  This means that third graders don’t just learn one skill at a time.  Instead, they get practice of different skills throughout the year!  By the end of the year, we will have mastered all of our multiplication facts, with the help of our daily math facts program.