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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

Welcome Back to School

Liz Werner

Third Grade

2012- 2013

Alta Vista School

Purpose of this evening
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
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 studies continuity and change
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
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
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

Field trips
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