Third Grade

Ms. Stephanie Varner

Third grade is an exciting year for students as they grow in independence and responsibility. Below are the curriculum areas they will explore. Specific questions should be directed to Mrs. Varner, the classroom teacher.

 

Language Arts: 
Curriculum-Reading Street (Scott Foresman) 

  • Whole group novels to practice reading strategies, comprehension skills, and vocabulary

    • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, James & The Giant Peach, and Matilda​

  • Small group literature circles

  • Individualized Reading Stations

Writing:

  • Narrative Stories

  • Opinion Writing

  • Persuasive essays

  • Poetry

Spelling:

  • Reading Street (Scott Foresman)

Math:

Curriculum- Engage NY

  • Multiplication and division concepts

  • Fact fluency

  • Geometry 

  • Identify and compare fractions

  • Apply math concepts to real-world situations using word problems

  • Graphing

Religion:

Curriculum- Blest Are We (RCL Benziger) 
Each unit focuses on what Catholics believe, and how Catholics worship, live, and pray. Units include:

  • The Church is One

  • The Church is Holy

  • The Church is Catholic

  • The Church is Apostolic

  • The Church has a Mission to the World

Science:

A Closer Look (MacMillan/McGraw-Hill) 
In our science curriculum, students explore concepts through their text, experiments, and nonfiction books that accompany each unit.  Areas of focus include:

  • Weather and Space

  • Living Things

  • Matter, Forces, and Energy

  • Earth and Its Resources

Social Studies: 

Curriculum- Communities (Houghton Mifflin) & Portland Our Community (PPS)

  • The effect of geography on communities

  • Community government

  • Making economic choices

  • Celebrating people and cultures

  • History and geography of Portland

Homework:

Every night a one page math worksheet goes home. This is to be completed that night and returned the next morning. The Homework Menu will go home every Monday with the weeks spelling words. This must be returned on Friday morning.

Birthdays:

We will celebrate on your child's actual day (or close to) at 1:30pm on Monday and 2:30pm Tuesday-Friday. Please bring in a snack and drink to celebrate your child's birthday. We have 20 students this year.

Contact Us

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Tel: 503-253-9400

Fax: 503-253-9571

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Address

1260 NE 132nd Ave

Portland, OR 97230