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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.

While technology is nothing new for our 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, AZ Space and Science Center, Liberty Wildlife Refuge, 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 and build fluency with multiplication facts and correctly solve problems using both one-step and mixed operation methods that involve:

  • Multiplying and dividing numbers 0-12
  • Multiplying and dividing with missing factors
  • Area and perimeter
  • Elapsed time
  • Fractions (comparing and on a number line)
  • Graphing (scaled bar graphs and line plots)
  • Two step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Arizona’s English Language Arts (ELA) Standards work together to tie in progression from “lower” elementary (K-2) to “upper elementary” beginning in third grade. Starting in third grade students are expected to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”.  Third graders are encouraged to begin developing their own point of view about the books they read and characters they encounter. Your child’s reading selections grow to include a variety of materials such as fiction, nonfiction, reference, and poetry. Our biggest goal is to teach students how to take meaning from the text and relate it to their everyday world.

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.

Reading

Students will read a variety of grade appropriate genres, including literary text, informational text, 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. Some key concepts learned in 3rd grade reading are:

  • Identify reading structures such as compare and contrast, sequencing, and cause/effect.
  • Describe character traits, setting, and plot
  • Determine authors purpose
  • Make inferences within text
  • Determine the point of view in which the story is written
  • Apply a variety of strategies to comprehend, recount and paraphrase grade-level literature
  • Determine the central idea of a text and how key details contribute to that central idea
  • Locate evidence in the text to support their answers and opinions

Writing

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
  • Informational narratives
  • Imaginative narratives
  • Letters
  • Poetry
  • Response to text

In 3rd grade social studies, teachers will review events in Arizona from prehistoric times to present day including the contributions of various cultural and ethnic groups including the 22 Indian Nations that reside in Arizona.

3rd grade science 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.  Each class will also get to participate in the school science fair.

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.

Music

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.

Library

Students will have scheduled library visits.  In addition, 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.

Art

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,

Welcome back! The third-grade teaching team would like to welcome you to third grade.   We look forward to meeting you virtually at Open House on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  More information about Open House will be coming soon.

We are doing things a little differently from previous years to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. First, we are no longer having shared classroom supplies. Each child will have his or her own materials and supplies. Secondly, we are attempting to maximize space in the classroom, therefore we are sending out a minimal list of supplies your child will need. Teachers may request some additional supplies throughout the year as the need arises.

Please, remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) in addition to their supplies, with first and last name.  This will help locate them should items become lost.

If your child will not be attending Noah Webster Schools, please contact the front office at 480.291.6900 (Pima) or 480.986.2335 (Mesa).

2020-2021 SUPPLY LIST

  • Pencil box
  • Backpack
  • 1 black & white composition notebook
  • 2 wide rule spiral notebooks
  • 2 plastic bendable, 2-pocket poly folders
  • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones for laptops/tablets
  • 1 large package of #2 wooden pencils
  • 1 package of pink erasers
  • 1 box of crayons (24 count)
  • 1 package of thick tip dry erase markers
  • 1 package of highlighters
  • 1 package of blue pens
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 package of glue sticks

Parents will be responsible for sending their child to school each day with:

  • 2 clean face coverings
  • A full refillable water bottle

**OPTIONAL** – 1 travel size bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use to be kept in backpack

Sincerely,

3rd Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools

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Upcoming Events

MESA Author Talk: Patrick Carmen

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 9:40 am

1st - 3rd grade students are invited to join us for a virtual Author Talk.   What: Fall Tour 2020 (1st-3rd Extravaganza Event) When: Wednesday, [...]

PIMA Author Talk: Patrick Carmen

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 9:40 am

1st - 3rd grade students are invited to join us for a virtual Author Talk.   What: Fall Tour 2020 (1st-3rd Extravaganza Event) When: Wednesday, [...]

PIMA Tour with the Principal

October 21 @ 10:00 am

To schedule an onsite tour, please click the link below.  Please note, each tour slot will only consist of one family at a time for [...]

MESA Tour with the Principal

October 21 @ 10:00 am

To schedule an onsite tour, please click the link below.  Please note, each tour slot will only consist of one family at a time for [...]

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Testimonials

I just wanted to take a moment to say how much we appreciate Noah Webster School. Our daughter is in Miss Tice’s Kindergarten class and talk about one amazing teacher! I never could have expected to have such a warm, energetic and compassionate teacher for our daughter. She puts so much energy and time into each day of learning, and my daughter literally cries if she is sick and cannot go to school. We look forward to our school adventure with Noah Webster. You all are a blessing to our family.
Rebecca E.
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.
On the first day of school, while I was walking down the hall, I was kind of nervous because it was a new school. But when I walked in the classroom, I recognized some people I already knew, and that made me feel a bit better. I have learned so many things this year, such as integers, Ancient Greece, and oxymorons. I have also learned things that will help me be a better person. I learned that respect is one of the most important qualities to have in life. My teacher is wonderful. She has empathy (most of the time) for us. She knows what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations, she knows how to cheer someone up, or make them feel regretful (when we misbehave). She understands our problems and gives us advice on how to solve them, whether it’s from personal problems to math or reading problems. We went on a lot of field trips this year. My favorite one was the Water Day field trip at the Mesa Campus! We got to go on different water slides. I had so much fun sliding down the 40 foot tall Rhino slide and high-fiving everyone when I reached the bottom! Everyday has been a different day, which I enjoy. I will always remember my experience in 6th grade here at Noah Webster Schools.
Annika T.
I’ve made so many memories this year and I will always remember them. The best memory I have is just coming to Noah Webster Schools; knowing that I really enjoy going to school and not complaining about it in the morning. We had a lot of field trips and they were all amazing! This is the best school I’ve ever been too! I’ve learned so much more than at any other school. The students here are all friends; there isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel welcomed. Everyone is nice to each other and treats each other the same. No one is different. The teachers are amazing and I just have to say “Thank You” to my teacher as she’s helped me out a lot and I know she will keep doing so. This year was amazing and I will never forget it!
Chloe J.
I am very impressed with my daughter’s improvement with all her academics and challenges of different schoolwork. I’ve seen an enormous difference in her and it has inspired her to love school. Thank you!
Grace M.
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.
Thank you to the staff at Noah Webster for making my child feel so comfortable. Starting school mid-year is never easy but he has really come out of his shell this year.
Brandon C.
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We’re amazed at how quickly she is learning.
Shelly C.
My son attends Noah Webster and loves school. He’s always so excited when he gets home and ready to share what he’s learned each day.
Sara M.