Archive for Saint Joseph School

Science-Diorama Adaptations Project

In conclusion to a lesson on Adaptations, students were asked to create a diorama to depict the adaptation of an animal of their choice. The adaptations to choose from were camouflage, mimicry, hibernation or migration. The students showed that they were able to recognize adaptations that allow organisms to survive in certain environments and and how these adaptations help them survive. Their work is being displayed outside the classroom for all to see!



Our Lenten Reflection

Lenten Season for Third Graders 2018

Third graders have been very busy learning about Lent. This Lenten season gives us all 40 days to renew ourselves for Easter. The students are learning to walk with Jesus through his Passion and Death and learning about how important the small sacrifices of time, talents or treasures are and how deeply they relate to living a good Christian life.
We decorated our classroom door as the 10th Station, Jesus is stripped of his garments. Each classroom is displaying a station to allow the students to see and remember how much he suffered for us as he made his way to his death on the cross.




Pre-Christmas fun…….

Fall News


Recently the students were given the challenge of building the tallest free-standing structure with only toothpicks and candy corn.  This was one of the last fall activities that we worked on before getting ready for the holiday season.  They thought this was going to be super easy-however they found out just how difficult it was!  Students were very surprised when they were shown that candy corn could be molded into balls which made it much easier to use!.



The third-grade students have also been very busy working on main idea and key details for reading.  They recently put their skills to work and matched up feather details to the matching main idea turkey.  They have been studying author’s point of view, cause and effect and most recently poetry.


Our main idea in this current lesson deals with food chains and food webs.  Both show how organisms in an ecosystem depend on each other.


We have now moved into division and how it relates to multiplication.  Students are using all the skills and strategies to learn how to divide with factors from 0-9.

3rd Grade Project Donations for October

October Donations

Third Graders have many fun and STEM related projects that we would like to work on for the month of October.  If you are looking to help out your child’s class, please consider a donation.





Amherst Historical Society Field Trip

Recently the 3rd Grade students took a field trip to the Amherst Historical Society.  Here they learned more about the history of Amherst and got to see up close the artifacts of a time long ago.  Preceding their tour, the students were taught many things including the early landforms, early Pioneer life, first settlers, the naming of our community, schools and streets, the importance of the railroad, town hall and the library.  Most importantly, how the natural resources helped Amherst become the Sandstone Capital of the World.  We explored several outbuildings such as the church, garage, train, fire station garage and got to see the Blacksmith in action. and best of all had lunch in the one-room schoolhouse after some mini-lessons taught by Mrs. Rice.  We ended our day exploring an old house and realizing the many features that we have today were not the features of long ago.  It was an amazing experience.  As you can see by the photos, the students really had a great time.


Science Class

The students have been learning about living things in science class and that cells are the building blocks of life. This past Friday they were able to put their observation skills to the test and communicate their findings. They used two different types of science tools to observe an onion. Students used a hand lens and a microscope. It was a wonderful time filled with amazing discoveries! They were so excited to see how the onion cells looked under high magnification.

Looking under the microscope, using a magnifying glass…..what did we see?