3rd Grade

Welcome to 3rd Grade at Noah Webster Schools!

3rd grade is a big year for our students. They are no longer in the “younger half” of grade levels—they are growing older, wiser and even taller! Not to mention they are learning to solve more and more complex problems.

Our STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will help build upon your child’s current understanding of subjects by incorporating state of the art technology into their daily activities. While technology is nothing new for our advanced 3rd graders, it is something that they have learned to work with, navigate on and use to benefit them in their education; all things we strive to promote here at Noah Webster Schools. It is through this structured curriculum that our teachers encourage 3rd graders to ask questions and try their very best!

During the school year, 3rd grades will apply their in-classroom learning to the outside world by attending scheduled fieldtrips. Students will discover different methods of learning and experience firsthand how the subjects, topics and overall curriculum taught in the classroom relate to real-life scenarios. Our scheduled fieldtrips vary throughout each school year, in previous 3rd grade students have taken exciting trips to the Boyce Thomson Arboretum, Arizona Museum of Natural History and the IMAX Theater.

3rd Grade Curriculum

In 3rd grade math, our students begin learning how to correctly solve math equations using the four basic math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Your child will learn how to skip count from 2 to 12 and correctly solve problems using both one-step and mixed operation methods that involve:

  • Adding and subtracting numbers 0-20
  • Multiplying and dividing numbers 0-12
  • Multiplying and dividing with missing factors

In 3rd grade language arts, your child will begin learning the skills required to comprehend and develop their former understanding of the English literature. The teachers will cover various areas of the language arts curriculum, which includes reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. The guided instruction provided by our teachers is made up of independent learning activities and group work.


Students will read a variety of grade appropriate genres, including fairy tales and poetry. They will learn the elements that are necessary to compose a story such as the plot, underlying theme, the overall message to the reader and a character’s traits. Your child will learn how to read fiction and non-fiction literature aloud with expression, as well as learning to read independently.


In 3rd grade writing, teachers will introduce the five paragraph format along with how to organize content so that their writing is smooth and clear. Students will also learn the differences between persuasive, functional and expository writing styles and how each style appeals to the reader in a different way. Students will practice their writing skills by creating their own works of literature such as:

  • Personal narratives
  • Letters
  • Poetry


Your child will begin understanding the basic rules of grammar and start constructing their own sentences using all parts of speech. This includes understanding the correct use of:

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Pronouns
  • Conjunctions

Teachers will also introduce prepositions and how they are used to express relation to another word or element. Your child will learn and review grammar in-class using direct instruction, group work and independent practice.

Vocabulary and Spelling

Our 3rd grade teachers will work with your child to improve their vocabulary and spelling skills through constructive instruction. Students will work on vocabulary development and phonetic spelling by completing our Wordly Wise 3000 activities each week. They will learn how to spell, define and apply grade-level terms directly to their course work. Each child will develop their systemic academic vocabulary in order to prepare them for more complex expressions.

In 3rd grade social studies, teachers will review specific events and major contributions to both American history and World history. Your child will discover other aspects of social studies by learning about the following:

  • Civics/Government
  • Geography
  • Economics

3rd grade science, making up the “S” in our core STEM curriculum, is a fun and exciting learning experience for our students as they learn the history and nature of science through physical experiments. Teachers will work with your child to demonstrate the scientific method and the steps to drawing a conclusion and comparing results with predictions. Students will also learn about the life cycles of plants and animals through interactive activities.

Noah Webster Schools is an advanced-based technology charter school that works with the latest classroom devices. Mesa campus students are provided student laptops to work on assignments with, and classrooms come fully equipped with Fuse document cameras, allowing teachers to easily model any activity or assignment. The easy-to-use features allow students to share their work with the class for a more interactive learning experience. Our Pima campus is proudly equipped with Samsung School, a student-centric classroom environment that empowers students through a 1:1 learning experience. Students are provided with Samsung Galaxy tablets, while each classroom receives an interactive whiteboard display.

Physical Education

All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.


All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments.


Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.


Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.

3rd Grade Supply List

Dear Parents,

Remember to label all of your student's belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) with first and last name. This will help locate them should personal items become lost.

Label the followingitems with your child's name. These items will be kept in your child's desk:

  • 1 pair of head phones or ear buds (for laptop/tablet use)
  • 1 pencil box

Classroom Supplies:

  • 4 plastic 2-pocket folders
  • 2 packages of #2 Ticonderoga pencils
  • 1 package of pencil top erasers
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • 1 package oflarge pink erasers
  • 1 package dry erase markers
  • 1 package of highlighters (variety of colors)
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 1 package of wide ruled notebook paper
  • 1 package of copy paper
  • 1 pack of colored pens
  • 1 box of Crayola Crayons
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 2 composition notebooks

Your child's teacher may have a few additional items specific for the classroom available at open house. Please do not send other items unless you have checked with the teacher first as sometimes they cause distractions. Thank you!


3rd Grade Teaching Team

Noah Webster Schools

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Our son was in Kindergarten this year and he loved it and loved the teacher & assistant teacher. He learned so much through the school year. I am very pleased to have started him at this school. To end this great school year with such a fun water day he so much enjoyed and talked about the whole day.

–Catherine N.

An excerpt from a 6th grade alumni to his 6th grade teacher: "I just wanted to thank you for pushing me and my classmates as hard as you did. I recently took a math test to determine whether or not I should be placed in an advanced seventh grade class. Just yesterday, the results were received, my work was dubbed exceptional and they wish to place me in a freshman algebra class in high school! Of course I wasn't the only one to do so, but one of the few. Thank you so much for everything, you will never be forgotten."

–Brady W.