Grade 3B

Welcome back to another year! We begin our first as St. Matthias Catholic Academy. I am Mr. Caraturo. I teach homeroom for class 3B and math for grades 3 and 4. This year we hope to expand on the Common Core Math Standards to achieve mastery. We would also like to work hard on our grammar to improve it. Please be prepared for classes with all of your supplies. I hope to have another great year with all of you. Welcome to 3B.





I would like to wish everyone a Happy Summer!!  It was a pleasure teaching you in 3rd Grade and I look forward to working with you next year!!  Enjoy your time off!  Be sure to work on your multiplication tables for next year.

On Wednesday, June 14th, the 3rd Grade went on a class trip to the Science Museum of Long Island in Manhasset.  We took a tour of the Woodland Ecology and saw various plants, animals, and trees.  Here are some pictures from that trip:



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Here are some photos from the 3rd and 4th Grade class trip to Green Meadows Farm at Alley Pond Park:


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Congratulations to the 2nd Grade for an amazing job with the Wax Museum.  We all enjoyed seeing so much talent being put to use and your hard work surely showed.  Here are some photos from the Wax Museum:


Pope Francis

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Here are some pictures from our Carnival Day!!  We all had a great time and we thank Ms. Wehnes!


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Puppet Show today on Student Appreciation Day!  Leanna, Matthew,  and Alexandra are helping.


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We would like to thank all of the parents who attended Special Person’s Day on Tuesday.  Your support is always appreciated and the 3rd Grade did a fantastic job.


Special Person's Day


As we approach Catholic School’s Week, I would like to discuss what we will be doing.  The third grade will be working on a project regarding Jesus’ miracles, and, in particular, the miracle of Jesus Walking on Water.  That will be displayed in the gym, along with some other miracles.  

The 4th Grade will continue to learn about fractions in Math, equivalent fractions, decomposing fractions as a sum of unit fractions or as a sum of other fractions, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, adding fractions with denominators of 10 and 100.  My tests will now include sample questions from previous New York State Math Tests as a way to prepare the students for the test.

4th Grade is also working on a Computer/Math Unit Plan whereby they create Math grades for a group of students and calculate their average using an Excel spreadsheet.

In 3rd Grade, we also continue to work with fractions using fraction cubes to understand equivalence.  We will also be using Eureka Math to further enhance their learning.  One of our big goals is to master the times tables.  We have worked our way up to the 7 times table and will continue to help them master the tables by June.

For Grammar, Grade 3B is covering plural nouns, irregular plural nouns, and possessive plural nouns.  We will also be covering pronouns and adjectives in the coming weeks.  In Religion, we are focusing on the parish and how they help us to grow as disciples of Jesus and the people responsible for helping us.  In addition, we will learn how God calls us to holiness.

We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017.  God Bless!






What an honor for the 3rd Grade.  They made it in the Ridgewood Times with their Christmas Show Performance.xmas Congratulations Grade 3!!





I am so proud of the third grade and their performance at the Christmas Show.  You were all amazing!!  Thank you parents for your help and support throughout the show.  You helped make our Christmas Show a success!!







As we enter the 2nd trimester of the school year, here are the topics that we will cover for both the 3rd and 4th Grade in Math:

3rd Grade:  We will continue to use Eureka Math to solve multiplication problems by drawing arrays and using the Distributive Property.  In addition, we will be covering fractions such as unit fractions, fractions on a number line, writing and determining equivalent fractions using fraction cubes, comparing fractions with the same denominator and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.  

4th Grade: We will be covering equivalent fractions using fraction cubes, comparing fractions with the same denominator, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, multiplying unit fractions by whole numbers, decomposing a fraction, and multiplying fractions by whole numbers.  Both the Progress in Mathematics textbook and Eureka Math will be used.

In Grade 3B, we will learning about nouns in Grammar, singular and plural nouns, possessive nouns, common and proper nouns, and words as nouns and verbs.  Pronouns will follow this unit in either the 2nd trimester or the 3rd trimester.

For Gradee 3B Religion, we will be reading and discussing that the Church has 4 characteristics ( One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic).  We will also learn about St. Francis of Assisi, how the Church continues to teach us about God’s message, and what the season of Advent means to us.

In Spelling, we will learn about words with vowel , consonant e, long a spelled ai, ay, and long e spelled ee, ea.

Finally, Grade 3B continues to prepare for our school Christmas Show, which takes placce on November 9th.  We will also be having our buddy project with Grade 5B.  This trimester looks to be an exciting one!!




Here is an update on what we will be covering in Math for the third and fourth day:

3rd Grade:  Round whole numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, Identify arithmetic patterns, Distributive Property, multiply a one-digit whole number by multiples of 10, times tables, understanding fractions as being equivalent and adding and subtracting.

4th Grade: rounding whole numbers to the nearest 100 and 1,000, multiple whole numbers, find factors and multiples of a number, determine if a number is prime or composite, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, comparing fractions.

Both grades will also be working on an assignment in computer class computing averages of test scores and fourth grade will find prime  numbers through 100.



Today marks the end of a successful year for the students of Grade 3B, as well as 3A and both 4th grades.  We made amazing progress in our math computation skills and had several students receive an award for mastery on Mathletics, namely David Fital, Jacob Carbajal, and Diego Telechea.  Both grades have received a Math summer packet that they should work on, so as to keep up with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and subtraction facts.  I would encourage all students to make the effort to complete the package.  May God bless you and your families over the summer and watch over you as you travel.  Have a great summer!!!

Mr. Caraturo





Grade 3B wishes you all the best as you move ahead in your lives.  We will miss you..


The second grade did an amazing job on their recent Wax Museum projects!  Here are two pictures from that project:  Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali.


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Nelson Mandela

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali






Here are some of the awesome bar graphs that Grade 3 made as their project:


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Carnival Day with Grade 3!!


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Grade 3B Congratulates Max Anicagz on winning the Regional Math Bee!!  We wish you all the best in the Diocesan Math Bee!! You will do it!!






As we continue to move along during this school year, I would like to keep you up to date as to what we will be learning in Math for both the 3rd and 4th Grade:

Our 3rd Grade topics include:  Shapes and their attributes ( quadrilaterals, triangle, rhombus, rectangle, pentagon, octagon), Measurement which includes telling time, elapsed time, measure to the nearest inch and centimeter, liquid volume and mass, pictographs, bar graphs, line plots.  We will continue to work on multiplication tables, rounding of whole numbers, and equivalent fractions.

Our 4th Grade topics include:  Measuring angles with a protractor, complementary and supplementary angles, liquid volume, customary unis of weight, time and elapsed time, measure to the nearest inch and centimeter, bar graphs, pictographs, multiply fractions by a whole number, add fractions with denominators of 10 and 100, write and compare decimal fractions.  We will also be working on preparing for the New York State Math Test which will be given in April.  


Mr. Caraturo










The Third Grade thanks the St. Matthias Educational Foundation for supporting the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show.  We learned so much about energy and how mixing chemicals react to form fire.  Thanks!!


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Mr. Caraturo





The Third Grade’s Catholic School’s Week Project titled The Lost Coin!!


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Happy New Year!!!!  To all of the parents and families of Grade 3!  We wish you much happiness, success, and health in this new year!


Grade 3B


Pictures from the Halloween Party on October 30th.



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Grade 3B and 5B Buddy Project.  Thank you Ms. Battaglini.


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Happy Halloween!!!   From Grade 3B





Dear Parents of Grade 3B:

Today, the 3rd Grade will begin taking the TerraNova test.  Please be sure that your child has Number 2 pencils and that they get a good night’s sleep.  In addition, a good breakfast would be beneficial to them, in order for them to be able to concentrate and do their best.  I wish them the best of luck and I am confident that they will do well. 


Mr. Caraturo




Dear Parents of Grade 3B:


I would like to welcome you and your child to Grade 3B for the new school year.  This year promises to be a year of academic growth, fun, and hard work.  This is a transition for the students and I will do my very best to help them and guide them along.  I look forward to meeting you at the Parent Meeting on September 17th.  Have a great weekend!

Dear Parents of Grade 3:


I would like to wish you and your families a very happy, safe, and blessed summer!  Thank you for all of your support during this school year.  It was a pleasure having you on our team.  

Mr. Caraturo

I am enclosing some information for all third graders regarding math and their summer packet.  On Monday, June 15th, I will be giving out a math packet consisting of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division for the students to review.  This is optional, however, I feel that is necessary in order for all of the students to be able to succeed in 4th grade math.  You can also find many worksheets at


As the end of a school year comes to an end, I would like to wish all of the 3rd graders the very best in the new school year.  For 2nd graders entering the third grade in the fall, I am attaching the summer reading information, a   long with the book log.  You should be receiving this from your 2nd grade teachers as well.  Below is the information:






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Please let me know if you need anything else.


Mr. Caraturo


Below are some pictures from the 3rd Grade class trip to the Science Museum of Long Island:  A great time was had by everyone.



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Grade 3B wishes all of our St. Matthias school family a very Happy and Blessed Easter!! 




Now that we are in the 3rd Trimester, here are the units of study in each subject area for this trimester:


3rd Grade Math:  State/list the factors of a given product – 3.OA

Properties of multiplication:  Associative, Commutative, Distributive .

Fluently multiply and divide within 100.

Explain why two fractions are equivalent – 3.NF

Measure and record lengths using a ruler – 3.MD.4

Deconstruct word phrases (“how many more” and “how many less”) to determine appropriate operation – 3.MD.3


4th Grade Math:  We will be preparing for the New York State Math Test which will be given from Wednesday, April 22nd to Friday April 24th.  Some of the topics that we will be covering during this trimester include:

Adding fractions with denominators of 10 and 100. 4.NF.5

Writing fractions as sums of other fractions and drawing the bar diagram.4.NF.3b

Changing an improper fraction to a mixed number and changing a mixed number to an improper fraction.4.NF.3c

Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule - 4.OA.5

Identify between what two whole numbers the solution lies. 4.NF.4c

We will also be reviewing questions from previous New York State Math Tests and PARCC.


 Reading:  Our unit of study involves Freedom.  The following stories will be read:

“The Story of the Statue of Liberty” – We read about how this symbol was a gift from France as a symbol of friendship.

“Happy Birthday Dr. Kang” 

“Talking Walls: Art For the People”

“Two Band Ants”

“Elena’s Serenade”


Religion:  Penance and Reconciliation – We will discuss the kinds of sins, venial, mortal, absolution from sin and how Jesus always forgives us.

Lent and Easter – How the Lenten season is a time of renewal and cleansing of our sins and in what ways can we serve Jesus and others better.

Healing and Eternal Life – We discuss how Eternal Life is living forever with God in the happiness of Heaven and how we will someday live a new life.

Discipleship – We continue the work of Jesus by sharing the Good News with others and caring for those in need.   We are now called to be like the Apostles and help the Kingdom of God to grow. Jesus teaches us that, like the Church, we are to respect one another and work for justice and peace.


Here are some pictures from Carnival Day with 3rd Grade:  A fun time was to be had by all.










Grade 3B congratulates Max Anigacz for winning the Middle School Math Bee.  We wish you the best of luck in the Regional Math Bee.  We know that you will do your best.  


Here are some Math units of study that we will be covering in the near future:

Grade 3 – completion of the multiplication tables through the 12 times table.

Multiply and divide fluently within 100.

Problem Solving – Time, Liquid Volumes and Masses, Draw Graphs( Bar graphs, pictographs), measure data with a ruler.

Grade 4 – Identify Lines of Symmetry, use a protractor to measure angles, find unknown measure angles, write and compare decimals.


Here is a look at what grades 3 and 4 are covering in terms of unit study:

Grade 3 – Geometric measurement: students will understand the concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and addition.   Students will also find the perimeter of a figure and make comparisons between area and perimeter of that figure.  Grid paper is handed out to help students see and find the area of a rectangle.

Grade 4 – Geometry: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.  Students will draw different triangles such as right triangles, scalene, equilateral and isosceles.  In addition, the students will measure and draw acute, obtuse, and right angles.  This unit of study will help us to make a quilt of different two-dimensional shapes.

Grade 3B Religion – We are studying Catholics as members of the Church.  In this unit, we discuss the role of the parish, its members, the different ministries, the role of the pope and the bishop, and ways in which Jesus prayed and how he taught us how to pray.  In addition, since our theme for the school year is Mary, we will be discussing her title, Mary, Handmaid of the Lord.

Some of the chapters include:  Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love, The Church Has Four Marks, The Church Teaches Us, God’s Call To Holiness, The Parish is Our Home.

Grade 3B Reading – Our unit of study is about money: Dollars and Sense.  We read various stories that talk about common sense in spending and saving money, different denominations, and how you can see your money grow over time.  Some of the stories that we read include “Boomtown”, Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday”, “If You Made A Million”, and “My Rows and Piles of Coins.”

Mr. Caraturo

Grade 3 and 4 Math teacher

Grade 3B Religion and Reading Teacher







Grade 3B wishes everyone  a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

We thank all of the parents, relatives, and friends who came out on Friday evening to support our Christmas Show and to have the opportunity to see the 3rd Grade Nativity.  Your support is always appreciated.


Mr. Caraturo

Mr. Agron




Dear Grade 3 Parents:

We look forward to performing the nativity scene at the Christmas Show on Friday, December 18th.  We hope that you enjoy the entire Christmas Show and we look forward to seeing you there.


Mr.  Caraturo

Mr. Agron



Dear Parents of Grade 3B: 


   I hope that this letter finds you well.  This letter is to inform you of what the students should wear for the Christmas Show on Friday, December 19th.  The boys can wear a blue or black turtleneck shirt and black pants, along with school shoes.  Angels can wear a light colored shirt with their pants.  The girls can wear a white shirt or white or red turtleneck shirt, light leggings shorts, or tights with white shoes, sandals, or ballet slippers. Shepherds should wear black shoes or school shoes.  The readers can wear a red or green top and rubber soled shoes. Nativity costumes are kept in school so there is no worry needed in that regard.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.




Mr. Caraturo



Happy 105th Anniversary, St. Matthias School


We love St. Matthias School

We love St. Matthias School


Class 3B



I would like to welcome Grade 3B to an exciting year at St. Matthias School.  This year will be filled with many challenges.  Together, let’s work hard to help you achieve your goals.  I am here to help you in any way possible.  It’s a pleasure to have you in the homeroom.


Mr. Caraturo 










Welcome Grade 3B!!!  This year will be filled with challenges and excitement.  I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals.  Together, we will succeed!!


Mr. Caraturo



Here are some pictures from the third grade’s class trip to the Science Museum of Long Island.


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We enjoyed learning about different kinds of plants, fern, trees and of course some fun.


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,


   I hope that you have all had a great weekend.  The purpose of this letter is to outline the bar graph project that I am giving to the 3rd grade.  I have attached a copy of my own bar graph so that you have something to go by.  Each student might set up their project a bit different and that is fine.  The bar graph project should be on a poster board, no larger than 22” by 28”.  I have also attached a rubric, which outlines the requirements for the grade.   The due date for this project is Monday, May 19th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


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Sample Bar Graph Project

Mr. Caraturo