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Jennifer Spanier » All About Ms. Spanier

All About Ms. Spanier

I am very excited to be starting another year at ACERO Clemente!
I have been teaching Third Grade at ACERO Clemente for four years, and this is my twelfth year of teaching altogether. I have a masters degree in Reading Instruction, but my favorite subject to teach is Science. I love how students develop their curiosity through scientific inquiry. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, playing video games, going on adventures, and taking naps with my cats.
I love to communicate with parents and families on a regular basis, and I strongly encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working together to help your child succeed. Please do not hesitate to contact me on Class Dojo or by email at I cannot wait to learn about and from all of you!
Please check your child's folder every night for important papers.  Their folders need to come back every day.
Math: We use Eureka Math for our mathematics instruction ( Parent Tip sheets will be posted on this page to help support you as you help your children with their learning. 
Reading: We use Core Knowledge for our reading instruction (, which we add to with read-alouds to practice and deepen our understanding of reading comprehension skills. Some reading skills we are working on this year are:
  • Making Connections
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Finding the main idea, and using supporting details
  • Determining the lesson, moral, and theme
  • Character traits, emotion, and motivation
  • Grammar
Writing: Using Writer's Workshop, the third grade students will learn how to write with stamina, revise and edit their work, and publish polished pieces of writing. By the end of the year, the students will be writing muti-paragraph essays. Some of the writing pieces we will write this year include:
  • Personal Narrative
  • Opinion Essay
  • Persuasive writing
  • "How to" writing
  • Poetry
  • Creative writing
Science: The science curriculum we use is called Mystery Science ( Mystery Science guides students through academic inquiry, with accompanying experiments. The students learn a lot, and they say it is a lot of fun as well. 
Social Studies: In Social Studies, we use multiple resources for instruction. This year, we will be learning about geography, economics, the Great Chicago Fire, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and more.
Social Emotional Learning: Throughout the year, our class will work collaboratively to create a supportive and engaging learning environment where every student is valued and cared about.  We will learn, grow, and succeed as a community dedicated to reaching our fullest potentials. The students will learn to overcome challenges through Growth Mindset and express their needs by communicating fairly and effectively.