3rd Grade – Miss Kuschel
Miss Elizabeth Kuschel grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1998. She then went on the graduate from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.
Miss Kuschel was assigned to ILS in 2001 where she taught 6-8 and Language Arts for 3 years before becoming the 3rd grade teacher. She also coaches 5th-6th grade girl’s volleyball and is the assistant junior high girls’ basketball coach.
When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she said, “I love being able to share the stories of the Bible with children at an age when they can begin to apply it to their lives and understand the truths and teachings on a deeper level. I also love watching students as they become more independent and responsible.”
You can often find Miss Kuschel in the gym cheering on the Chargers or helping out with the score book or clock. When not at school Miss Kuschel enjoys walking, reading, and baking.
Students study the major events of the Bible in the Old and New Testament on a two-year cycle. Students continue to become more familiar with the key truths of the Bible as well as learning to apply those truths to their lives. Through the study of these stories, students can see God’s plan for their salvation.
Using Saxon Math, students continue to build on basic number sense. Students continue to work on adding two and three digit numbers with carrying as well as subtracting two and three digit numbers with borrowing. Students continue to work with rounding numbers and estimation as well. By the end of the year students begin work with basic multiplication and division facts as well as two digit multiplication and division both with and without remainders.
Students continue to learn various reading skills through the use of fiction and nonfiction texts. The skills of identifying story elements, character, plot, problem and setting, are taught. Students also learn to identify cause and effect, as well as make inferences and predictions about their reading. Students are exposed to a variety of new and review vocabulary. Third graders continue to work on phonetic skills, reviewing the sounds of long and short vowels, dividing words into syllables, prefixes, suffixes, and base words to help them in their mastery of reading.
Students begin reviewing five of the basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns). Students continue to work on the mechanics of good writing, including capitalization, proper end marks, and subject-verb agreement. Students engage in a number of writing activities including descriptive paragraphs, personal narratives and a basic research report.
Grade 3 begins a more in depth look at the three basic areas of science. In Earth Science students look at three basic types of rocks, landforms, soil, and the forces that shape the land. In Life Science students take a look at the two large categories of animals, vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as begin to classify animals into five main groups. In Physical Science students focus on the properties of matter, heat, light, and sound.
The third grade students focus on communities, government and United States culture. They learn about the basic elements of a community as well as different types of communities. Through the study of both local and world communities students also learn the basics of citizen’s rights and responsibilities as well as their basic freedoms. Students receive a general overview of United States history beginning with Native American culture and ending with present time.
In music students have the opportunity to not only learn the basic elements of using their voices but begin to take a basic look at theory and notation. Students learn both pitch and rhythm syllables and notation as well as discuss musical elements such as tempo and dynamics. During art class students continue to work with the basic elements of art and design by looking at color, line, texture, shape, and hue while using various mediums. In physical education students work on large and small motor skills as well as begin the basics of team sports. Students work on various coordination and balance activities as well as learning the basics of basketball, floor hockey, and baseball.