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Welcome Back to School. Liz Werner Third Grade 2012- 2013 Alta Vista School. Purpose of this evening. Meet me, meet other parents … Overview of the Curriculum Reporting student progress Look around the room and at the third grade text books. Language Arts. Reading

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Welcome Back to School

Liz Werner

Third Grade

2012- 2013

Alta Vista School

Purpose of this evening

  • Meet me, meet other parents …

  • Overview of the Curriculum

  • Reporting student progress

  • Look around the room and at the third grade text books

Language Arts


  • The focus is comprehension – reading to learn

  • Houghton-Mifflin texts

  • Self Selected Reading

  • Reading across the curriculum

  • Reference Skills


  • Personal Narrative, Creative Narrative, and Response to Literature, and Expository (biography, animal report)

  • Six Traits Writing

  • Cursive handwriting


Goals for Third Grade

  • Master basic skills (addition & subtraction)

  • Internalization of multiplication facts

  • Reason and communicate mathematically

  • Gain confidence in their own mathematical ability

    Units of Study:

  • Number Sense: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division

  • Measurement & Geometry

  • Algebra & Functions (incl. Graphing)

  • Mathematical Reasoning


  • enVision Mathematics, Scott Foresman

Social StudiesContinuity and Change


  • Map skills

  • Identification of physical features of California

    Local History and Economy

  • Ohlone People

  • Early local settlers

    Three Branches of Government


  • In the classroom and in the community

  • Cultural Dolls

    Our Communities by Scott Foresman


The Goals for third grade:

  • Work individually and as a team member to collect and share information

  • Conduct simple investigations to test a hypothesis and record results

  • Use facts to support conclusions

  • Begin to communicate scientific information through writing, pictures, charts, graphs and models

    Units of study:

  • Sun, Moon and Stars -- Stargazing, Planetarium

  • Structures of Life -- Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Matter and Energy – Mad Science

    Science Resources- (FOSS)

Music/ Physical Education / Art


  • Third grade students receive 30 minutes of instruction once per week- ORFF

    Physical Education

  • Third grade students receive P.E. instruction through the S.P.A.R.K. (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) Program and Rhythm and Moves instruction


  • Students participate in the Art Vistas and Clay programs

    P.E., Art Vistas, and Clay are made possible by parent volunteers.

Reporting on Student Progress

Ongoing throughout the year

November Reporting

  • Parent / Teacher Conference

  • Report Card

    March Reporting

  • Parent / Teacher conference

  • Report Card

    June Reporting

  • Report Card


If you have a quick question, please stop by any day after school. For a longer meeting, please make an appointment.


• Alta Vista School 356-6146 x122

• email wernerl@unionsd.org (preferred)

Wednesday Weekly Envelope

• School info

Daily Homework Folder

Student Work

Class Website

• Alta Vista website, Classroom pages, Mrs.Werner

Alta Vista Website

Field Trips

“Don’t tell me where you went to school, tell me where you’ve been…”Mark Twain

  • Campbell Historical Museum Trunks

  • Sanborn Park (Ohlone)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • DeAnza Planetarium


You make a difference!

Some examples of things you can do:

  • Copying for the grade level

  • Art Vistas, Clay, S.P.A.R.K., Library/Computer Helper

  • Science Aide

  • Reading/Math Tutors

  • Room Parents/Help with Class Parties

  • Chaperoning Field Trips

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