Mrs. Jessica Granato

3rd Grade Teacher



My name is Mrs. Jessica Granato and I am thrilled to say that this will be my sixth year teaching third grade here at St. James! 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. Last summer, I graduated 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, October 21:

Tuesday, October 22: 

Wednesday, October 23:
-Band Concert Teaser @ 2:45 pm
-Band Concert @ 7:00 pm
-Science Weather Vocab/Tools Quiz (Play Quizlet or use class handouts to review)

Thursday, October 24:
-Reading Vocab #2 Quiz (Play Quizlet or use class handouts to review)

Friday, October 25:

-Spelling Unit 8 Test
-Religion Session 7 Quiz (Play Game for Extra Credit)


The Tower of Books Challenge is due on Wednesday, October 30! Please be sure your child is working on this project so that they do not need to cram in multiple books at the last minute. If they are having a hard time finding books for the categories, please let me know and I am happy to help them find good picks! Thank you for helping your child with this project!


We will be having our Halloween Party in class on Halloween. Our room parents will be assisting and providing exciting activities for the children. Students should come to school on Halloween in their normal SJS uniform. They may bring their costume in their backpack or bag to change into before the party. No masks, hats, hair coloring, or makeup will be put on for the class party. Students are welcome to enjoy these exciting costume accessories when they leave school for the day! Please note that as we are a candy free school, students cannot bring any candy to distribute or enjoy for the party. If they would like to share a treat, it can be an item from the SJS Approved Snack List or and item that is not edible. Students will leave school on Halloween in their costume. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Spelling Challenge Words for 10/21-10/25


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. Students will be assigned a “Tower of Books Challenge” per trimester. They are expected to work on this challenge at a good pace throughout the trimester. I will be providing occasional check ins. This challenge will contribute to students’ reading grade each trimester. Students are welcome to use books from home, my class library, the public library, and online (Epic, Kindle, etc.). Audiobooks are also able to be used for this challenge. Please let me know if you have any questions! 

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.

The students will be completing Simple Solutions lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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. We will be using Xtra Math in class during the week this year in place of Rocket Math. This app is accessible at home and only requires students to practice their math facts for about 5 minutes per session. Completing this a few times per week will help students greatly when it comes to their math skills! 

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

  • Xtra Math app
  • Rocket Math app
  • Math Cards app
  • Oral practice
  • Flash cards
  • IXL

If you are unable to locate your child’s login for Xtra Math or IXL, please contact me.

In third grade, we continue to build on handwriting/cursive skills that were developed in second grade. Students complete one page of their cursive book as morning work daily. They have the opportunity to continue working on this page throughout the day when they finish classwork early. If not finished throughout the day, their daily page of cursive will go home as homework. We always finish our cursive books around Christmas Break. Upon completion of our cursive books, students will begin writing class and homework assignments in cursive approximately 80% of the time. 

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. 


Making blankets for kids in the hospital! (Project Linus)



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!