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Mrs. Tara Murphey, Third Grade

Mrs. Tara Murphey, Third Grade

Mrs. Tara Murphey

3rd Grade
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Hello! My name is Tara Murphey, and I have been teaching at Saint James the Greater for 13 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lindenwood University, and I have a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

In third grade, we learn to be a little more self-sufficient and responsible. We work on many exciting projects, use technology, and learn to work with others in a cooperative setting.

In Reading, students  study fiction and nonfiction text.  All our text is found in Treasures Reading Series. Each week, students learn different skills to analyze the material. Students also learn to use examples from the text to support answers. Finally,we will be incorporating Raz-Kids to do some reading and activities online.

In Language Arts, students learn different aspects of grammar such as: verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and etc. Also, students begin to learn about the Writing Process. Third graders learn what topic sentences are, how to write a solid paragraph, and to write different genres of papers. Finally, students will learn to write in complete sentences using details and text.

In Math, we will be using a brand new series called Sadlier Math.  We will be learning about number lines, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100, addition and subtraction within 1000, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, and how to analyze data.

The Third Grade Science curriculum is a very hands on and inquiry based. Students learn ideas through experiments . We study buoyancy, sink or float, force, and motion.

In Social Studies, students learn about their community, directions, and history of our world. Also, we will learn the 50 States and Capitals.

Third grade curriculum in Religion is a faith based journey. Third graders continue to grow closer to God through the study of the Saints, Moses, Adam and Eve,and the Ten Commandments. Finally, students begin to learn the true meaning of prayer and their faith.

Over these past thirteen years, I have seen myself grow as an educator, a mom, and as person. I look forward to seeing what other experiences await me here at Saint James the Greater.