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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

DUFFY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

95 Westminster Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-521-0110
Fax: 860-561-1492

Kristi Laverty, Principal 

Third Grade Teachers

 

 

Mrs. Campbell, Ms. Burton, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Bedner, Mrs. Harrison

 

About Third Grade

Third Grade Focus 

  • Responsibility
  • Collaborative Conversations
  • Following directions
  • Incorporating creativity with routines
  • Fostering independence
  • Integrating technology

Homework In 3rd Grade 

     Student

  • 20- 30 minutes reading
  • Independent practice for presented concepts
  • Practice math facts

     Parent 

  • Provide a quiet environment and encourage homework as a priority
  • Help may be given only after best effort
  • Parent note for special circumstances

 

Schedule

  • Mornings – Do not arrive before 8:20, after 8:40 students are tardy
  • Recess – 10:45-11:15 – wear appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Lunch – 11:15-11:45 
  • After school – Notes for change in standard plan
  • Check in at office if tardy or coming in after school

Parent Support in 3rd Grade

  • Help with class events
  • Chaperone field trips
  • Check with Room Parents

Field Studies

  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum
  • Westmoor Park
  • Trash Museum
  • West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
 

Language Arts

Writing 

  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Personal narrative
  • Expository
  • Writing Journal
  • Poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Interdisciplinary connections
  • Editing and Revising
 

English

  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Beginning paragraphs
  • Vocabulary

Spelling

  • Core list
  • Storytown aligned
  • Lists on Monday tests on Friday
 
 

Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Houghton Mifflin: Storytown
  • Silent reading, partner reading
  • Pleasure Reading
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Reader Response

Math

  • Common Core State Standards  
  • AimsWeb
  • Manipulatives
  • Flexible Math Groups
  • Literature Connections
  • Journal Writing
  • Online Resources
 
 

     The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. - from http://www.corestandards.org/ 

 
  

Science

  • An Inquiry-Based Approach
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy Choices
  • Adaptations
  • Conservation
  • Properties of Matter
  • Forces & Motion
   
   
   

Interesting links:

 

Conservation: http://www.crra.org/pages/Trash_Museum.htm

Nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Adaptations: http://quizlet.com/3403152/science-animal-adaptations-3rd-grade-flash-cards/

Properties of Matter: http://schools.bcsd.com/fremont/5th_sci__matter_properties_of_matter.htm

Bill Nye the Science Guy and force and motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKhLGK7HGk

Social Studies

  • Government and Civics
    • Citizenship
  • Student council
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Second Step
    • Basic Government Structure
  • Geography
    • Landforms and Bodies of Water
    • Map Skills
  • History & Cultures:
    • Native Americans
    • Recognition of Religious Holidays
  • Integrated Reading, Writing & Speaking Skills

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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