3rd Grade: Mrs. Carver

Welcome to the Third Grade Classroom!

My name is Gail Carver. I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a BS in Elementary Education. I have taught in Faribault for 37 years. I love teaching because I love telling children about God’s love for them, demonstrated through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s also exciting to see students become more independent and self-reliant. I enjoy that moment when “the light goes on” and students understand a new or difficult concept.

My husband and I live in Faribault. We have two grown sons. Our older son works with us in our Kona Ice trucks. Our younger son is a teacher at St. Lorenz Lutheran School in Frankenmuth, Michigan. In summer, we can often be found in our shaved ice trucks helping organizations, sports teams, schools raise money through Kona Ice.

One of my favorite Bible verses comes from 1 Peter 3: 15 “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

During your child’s third grade year, your child will experience:

1st Grade

Spiritual Development

  • Daily devotions and Bible study
  • Weekly chapel services
  • Chapel family groups
  • Leading prayers
  • Practicing forgiveness
  • Witnessing opportunities

Social Development

  • Chapel Family projects and service learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • Practice in accepting responsibility for actions
  • Rocket Math and Reading partners

Physical Development

  • PE classes
  • Friday Fitness
  • Cursive handwriting (fine motor)

Unique Opportunities

  • Ecosystem dioramas
  • Free-Enterprise activity
  • Theatre performances
  • Year-end field trips
  • Adventures to River Bend Nature Center

Parental Partnership Opportunities

  • Weekly communication through Friday Forecast
  • Midterm and quarterly progress reports
  • Chaperones for field trips and class activities
  • Communication through FastDirect

Academic Development

  • Spelling word families and non-phonetic words
  • Practice with nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives
  • Memorization of multiplication/division facts
  • Experiential learning in science
  • Introduction to five areas of social studies