3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Click on 3rd Grade Links below to learn more about our curriculum.
Meet the 2016-2017 3rd grade teachers:

Sara Dubnoff sara.dubnoff@apsva.us
Beth Howard beth.howard@apsva.us
Keith Knott keith.knott@apsva.us
Christina Lupacchino christina.lupacchino@apsva.us
Jennifer Matherne jennifer.matherne@apsva.us
Alyssa D’Amore-Yarnall alyssa.damoreyarnall@apsva.us

Get conversations started at home this summer by discussing these current learning topics.

Reading We will be doing lots of great reading this year!  We are focusing on “Reading is Thinking”!  We do lots of thinking while we read.  We make predictions, make connections, visualize (movies in my mind), and have questions.  We will focus on a guided reading approach to meet the fluency and comprehension needs of your child this year.  What you can do at home: Ask your child to make predictions, connections, and what they are visualizing in their head as you read to them, or in a conversation after they have read independently.  Ask your child to point out some details about what they read, and the main idea that all those details fall under. Have your child frequently summarize what they read to you.

Writing Students will be gathering many ideas for writing stories through great examples of books we read. Each book offers a new idea for writing.  We will be using our writing journal every day.What you can do at home: Ask your child to think about one of the ideas they have in their ideas section or that we have discussed to write a story.  As your child to write about a small moment, and stretch it out over ten sentences.

Social Studies We will be learning about our government as we start the year, and will celebrate Constitution Day in September.What you can do at home: Visit one of the many great monuments in Washington DC to see our government in action (Archives, Capitol, Mt Vernon).  Look at maps on pamphlets, GPS systems, and books to discuss them.  Have your child create a treasure map with a title, key, and scale.  Ask your child to make connections between ancient cultures or connections to our culture.

Science We will be learning about the scientific method through various science experiments.  We will learn to make a smart hypothesis, collect data, and interpret results of an experiment.What you can do at home: Help your child identify simple experiments at home.  Does a plant grow bigger if watered by milk or water? Does a baseball go farther when hit by a wood or metal bat? Which grows mold faster – moist bread or dry bread? Does exercise affect heart rate?

Math We will begin the year with fact fluency and patterns in math.What you can do at home: Visit the “3rd Grade Links” and practice some of the math activities.  For place value, we are learning up to the hundred thousands place (100,000).  Students should be able to write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form.  Provide them one of those expressions, and have your child complete the other ways to express it.  Students should be able to round numbers up to the thousands place this year.  Ask your child to help you count money and make change. See a graph anywhere?  Help your child interpret it!