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Welcome to the third grade with Mrs. Festen!. A bit about me. Education Pepperdine University B.A. English M.A. Education Santa Monica Montessori Institute. Family. Husband: Mark Barrett : Freshman at Emerson College Jack: 9 th Grade Kate: 7 th Grade Dog: Potter Cat: Zelda

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A bit about me
A bit about me . . .


Pepperdine University

B.A. English

M.A. Education

Santa Monica Montessori Institute


Husband: Mark

Barrett : Freshman at Emerson College

Jack: 9thGrade

Kate: 7thGrade

Dog: Potter

Cat: Zelda

Fish: lost track of names


Check my teacher page: Class Calendar, Daily Homework, Class Files for Reading Log, Class Newsletter, etc…

Check your child’s agenda and homework/folder

Email me: lfesten@crestviewprep.org

Send a note

Give a call

Welcome to the third grade with mrs festen



  • Class work

  • Participation/Effort

  • Quizzes

  • Tests

  • Projects

  • Homework

  • Reinforcement/Practice skills learned in class

  • Responsibility

  • 45 minutes

  • Due the following day

  • Reading/Math Log due each Friday

Homework tips
Homework Tips

Have your child eat a snack before they begin homework

Remind your child to use their textbooks, class notes, lists, and online support (teacher page links)

Do the reading and math log daily. It can be overwhelming to complete on a Thursday night!

Please review and sign your child’s agenda daily

Encourage your child to have their homework/agenda/books in their backpack the night before ready to go. Avoid morning chaos!

Please do not turn in forgotten homework for your child. Let them take responsibility!

Third grade subjects
Third Grade Subjects

  • Spelling: 30 words per week (20 basic, 5 review, 5 challenge), based on spelling principles, test every Wednesday

  • Grammar: subject, predicate, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, comma usage, quotation usage, capitalization & punctuation

  • Writing Workshops: descriptive paragraph, personal narrative, how to essay, persuasive letter, fictional story, research reports, poetry

  • Cursive: practice the first few months, make the switch in January

  • Vocabulary: 10 new words every other week

  • Phonics: word attack skills, last year for phonics

  • Reading: Junior Great books Series, chapter books including Martin’s Mice, If You Sailed on the Mayflower, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express, The Best School Year Ever

  • Math: fact fluency for multiplication & division, place value through hundred thousands, elapsed time, customary & metric measurement, making change, geometry, fractions

  • Social Studies: kinds of communities, Native American communities, early U.S. communities, being an active citizen, U.S. government (local, state, national), world cultures

  • Science: life science (plants, animals, ecosystems), solar system (moon phases, eclipses, inner & outer planets, telescopes), energy, matter (physical & chemical changes)

Other important stuff
Other Important Stuff

School begins promptly at 8:30. Plan to arrive by 8:15 so your child won’t feel rushed.

Bring a labeled water bottle to school each day. Please ensure that your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a protein-filled breakfast, and brings a healthy snack each day!

Comfort letters: need as soon as possible, include a family photo

Change of clothes: label a gallon size Ziplock bag, send in as soon as possible

Field Trips: California Science Center, Autry Western Heritage Museum, GCC Planetarium, Tree People

ERB Testing: do not schedule any doctor appointments, please be on time, make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast

Class Parties: story and/or game that doesn’t require purchases