Mrs. Jessica Granato

3rd Grade Teacher



My name is Mrs. Jessica Granato and I am thrilled to say that this will be my seventh 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. In 2018, 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, Nov. 2:
-Second Step with Mrs. McGowan

Tuesday, Nov. 3:

Wednesday, Nov. 4:
-All Saints’ Day Mass (2nd-4th grade live stream)

Thursday, Nov. 5:
-Session 8 Take Home/Open Book Religion Quiz Assigned– DUE TOMORROW (play game to review)
-Ch. 3 Math Test
-Unit 9 Spelling Test

Friday, Nov. 6:
-Ch. 1 Social Studies Test
-End of Trimester 1
-Tower of Books Challenge DUE (Digital in Google Classroom)


Students are using iPads for most assignments during the day. I am providing feedback through Google Classroom. Feel free to login to your Child’s Google Classroom from home to see their grades and feedback. Grades will also be updated in PowerSchool. 


What happens if I forget my homework or forget to do/complete my homework?
The first time a student forgets an assignment, they get an “oops”. They get 1 “oops” per trimester. When this happens, students are expected to bring in the completed assignment the following day. After the “oops” is used up, a homework notice will go home notifying parents that the student had a missing assignment. 1 point will also be taken off of the incomplete/late assignment. 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. This also applies to digital homework in Google Classroom. 

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. If you are anticipating being out for an extended absence, please contact Mr. Kendrick or Mrs. Granato to discuss how to proceed. 

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


Monday, Nov. 2-

  • Spelling– Write words 3x each in spelling notebook
  • Reading– Read 20 minutes/Tower of Books (This is due Nov. 6)/Study vocab
  • Social Studies– Lesson 4 p. 31-33 Exit Slip DIGITAL IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM
  • Math– Subtract Across Zeros Worksheet


Tuesday, Nov. 3-

  • Spelling– Write 5 sentences in spelling notebook
  • Social Studies– Extra Credit Opportunity DIGITAL IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM (optional)
  • Math– Ch. 3 Form 1A Study Guide
  • Reading– Read 20 Minutes/Tower of Books (This is due Nov. 6)/Study vocab

Wednesday, Nov. 4-

  • Spelling– Study spelling words (test tomorrow)
  • Reading– Read 20 minutes/Tower of Books (This is due Nov. 6)/Study vocab
  • Religion– Study Session 8 (test tomorrow)
  • Math– Study Ch. 3 (especially vocab!) test tomorrow
  • Social Studies– Study Ch. 1 (test Friday)

Thursday, Nov. 5-

  • Reading– Read 20 minutes/Tower of Books (This is due TOMORROW)/Study vocab
  • Religion– Session 8 Take Home/Open Book Quiz DIGITAL IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM (due tomorrow)
  • Social Studies– Study Ch. 1 (test tomorrow)


Friday, Nov. 6-

  • Reading– Read 20 minutes/STUDY VOCABULARY (A copy of vocab can be found in Google Classroom. There is a Week 1& Week 2)



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 were 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 (looking at their work in Google Slides and seeing if they are on track). This challenge will contribute to students’ reading grade each trimester. Students are welcome to use books from home, the 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! 

Coming Soon: 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.

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

Your child’s login for Xtra Math is on their login info card (sent home in folders at the beginning of the year & stapled into the first page of their SJS planner). IXL logins are your child’s Google Login (you should be able to click a “login with Google” button on the site). 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 anticipate finishing our cursive books around February. 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”. Sometimes these will not be optional and rather, will be assigned as a class activity or homework. 

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