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OLBS - Catholic School - Academic Information

Third Grade - Mrs. Karol Cassel

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Please view my Google Presentation for the 2021-2022 school year. 


General Expectations:

  • Greater responsibilities for your child

  • Be prepared every day!

  • Homework completed nightly (usually Math every night)

  • I use positive reinforcements 

  • Class cooperation

  • Rules of the Classroom – Positive Learning Community


We will spend most of the year learning strategies to multiply and divide. Students will be expected to learn their multiplication facts as well as develop an understanding for the various strategies involved in multiplication and division. Students will also see Fraction, Measurement, Perimeter and Area, as well as Geometry. In April/May, students will be taking the New York State Math Assessment.


This year students will be expected to read to learn. They have spent the past 3 years learning how to read and now they will be able to read many different texts to help prepare them for the future. They have a large selection of books to choose from in class to read during the day. They will be taught explicitly how to use comprehension strategies to become better readers using the mentor text Journey’s as well as authentic literature. This will be done in both whole group and small group differentiated instruction time. The students will enjoy small group book clubs with their peers using authentic literature and incorporating comprehension and fluency practice. Students will take the NYS ELA State test in April. 

English Language Arts:

Students will be prepared to take the New York State ELA test in April. We work on developing their vocabulary, phonic and grammar skills to become better readers and writers. These are all incorporated throughout the school day in the various subjects.


  • Personal narratives

  • Compare and contrast essays

  • Persuasive essays

  • Research report

  • Friendly letters


Students will build on the foundational skills learned in the previous years. We will discuss more in depth what happens in church during the mass. We will spend a large portion of the year getting ready for their First Eucharist. In addition, religion is incorporated into many aspects of the school day. Students will learn “What Catholics Believe”, “How Catholics Worship”, How Catholics Live” and “How Catholics Pray”.


Students will perform many experiments in class. We study a variety of topics including:

  • Forces and Interaction

  • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Environmental Impacts on Organisms

  • Inheritance and Variation of Traits:Life Cycles and Traits

  • Weather and Climate

  • Engineering Design

Science- 4th Grade:

Students will meet with me for one period a day. They will have more reading at home in order to cover important topics. There will be a greater emphasis on independent note taking in class.

  • Energy

  • Waves

  • Structure, Function, and Information Processing

  • Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth