Mrs. Jessica Granato

3rd Grade Teacher



My name is Mrs. Jessica Granato and I am thrilled to say that I have been teaching third grade here at St. James School for five years! In addition to my experience with third grade, I also have experience working with special education and ESL populations. These experiences inspired me to continue my education after I graduated from North Park University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I continued my education at North Park University for my Special Education LBSI endorsement and National Louis University for my English as a Second Language endorsement. In addition to these two endorsements, I also hold a Social Sciences endorsement. This summer I was thrilled to graduate from National Louis University with a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I love to learn and value education as a lifelong experience. I hope to instill this value in my students!


Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, Jan.14Author Study Packet #1 Due
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Father Matt visits
  • Thursday, Jan. 17Religion Session #15 Quiz
  • Friday, Jan. 18Reading Vocab Quiz and Spelling Unit #14 Test and Midterm



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What happens if I forget my homework or forget to do/complete my homework?
1 point is taken off the assignment and the assignment is to be completed during recess that day.  A homework notice will go home notifying parents that the student stayed in.  Homework Notices must be returned the following day and signed by both the parent and student.

When is homework considered late?
Homework is to be turned in first thing in the morning (preferably before the bell), otherwise it is considered late.

I missed a day (or days) of school, how much time do I have to make up my assignments?
The amount of days missed will be equivalent to the amount of days given to make up the assignment.

Where can I pick up absent work?
Absent work can be picked up in the SJS office by 3:30pm.


Third graders are expected to read at least 20 minutes daily. This can be independently, with a parent/family member, on audio book, etc. When a reading log is assigned, please help your child to fill out the worksheet. Students turn these in on Monday mornings and at that time, will receive a new reading log for the week.

Every two weeks, students will be given a set of 5-6 vocabulary words. We will be completing an activity in class each day with these words. After the two weeks, students will be tested on these words. Students should utilize the vocabulary word/definition list that is in their Home Folder Bring Back side to study. Students can also use the Quizlets to practice.

Students were assigned their first step of the Fiction Author Study Project in class on Wednesday, December 12. They should brainstorm their top 3 fiction authors and write them on a piece of loose leaf. This is due in class on Wednesday, December 19 as we will be choosing authors that day. Students are aware that they should discuss this at home with their parents to be sure they are choosing an appropriate author/books. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

On Wednesday, December 19, students will be assigned their Author Research. They should answer the 6 questions on the handout and return it by Friday, December 21. This will later be incorporated into the final project.

On Monday, January 7, students must have their first book by their assigned author. They will be given reading class and silent reading time daily beginning Monday to read and complete the story elements packet. Should students not have their materials or use their time wisely in class, they will need to take it home to work on as homework.

The students will be completing Simple Solutions lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays while we will utilize Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for Rocket Math. Incomplete Simple Solutions lessons from morning work and math class will go home as homework. I kindly ask that you help your child and remind them that practicing fact fluency is a daily assignment– even if it is orally practicing a few problems in the car while driving to soccer practice. In third grade we begin with two addition and subtraction Rocket Math rounds in order to review those skills. Once individual goals have been reached, students will move onto multiplication rounds.

If you are looking for ways to practice fact fluency, I recommend the following strategies:

  • Rocket Math app
  • Math Cards app
  • Oral practice
  • Flash cards
  • IXL or Xtra Math
  • Use of old Rocket Math worksheets (will be sent home weekly)

In third grade, we continue to build on handwriting/cursive skills that were developed in second grade. A page of handwriting is a part of daily morning work. As this is such a crucial skill in third grade, students will be required to take this assignment home for homework if it is not completed in the morning or during the day. We will gradually integrate our handwriting/cursive skills into our work come winter.

When religion quizzes are approaching, students are encouraged to access the “Finding God” website and complete the given “Interactive Game”. I offer all students who complete these games during quiz week an extra credit point on the open-book assessment. If completing the game, please be sure that my email is entered so that I can receive confirmation of completion. Should you ever experience issues with email input, please feel free to send me an email, note, or screenshot of the activity.

***Please be sure to check your child’s assignment notebook daily. They will write down their homework assignments each morning upon arrival. 


Halloween Fun!! (Party & Break Out Challenge with Mrs. Zebron)


Students worked collaboratively on a Native American tribe research project. 


Third graders had a blast at The Grove for their Native Americans field trip on Oct. 9! We were able to see a Longhouse, learn about ceremonies, experience Native American games, go on a nature walk, and create crafts!



Our class participated in Mass on Friday, Oct. 5. The kids did a wonderful job fulfilling the roles of readers and gift bearers!

Students researched various types of hazardous weather and designed possible solutions that would help reduce the negative impacts on the world. 

The students enjoyed practicing two foundational skills of science: making observations and asking questions. We had a blast participating in a Mystery Science Curiosity Challenge!