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


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

Kristi Laverty, Principal 

Third Grade Teachers



 Ms. Burton, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Bedner


Click Here for the Curriculum Night PowerPoint


About Third Grade

Third Grade Focus 

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

Homework In 3rd Grade 


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


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


  • Mornings – Do not arrive before 8:20, after 8:40 students are tardy
  • Recess – 11:10-11:40 – wear appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Lunch – 11:40-12:10 
  • 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


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


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


  • Storytown aligned
  • Lists on Monday, tests on Friday


  • Comprehension
  • Houghton Mifflin: Storytown
  • Independent reading, 
  • Partner reading
  • Pleasure Reading
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Reader Response


  • Common Core State Standards  
  • AimsWeb
  • Manipulatives
  • Math Fluency
  • 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/ 




 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


The newly re-designed Grade 3 Science curriculum is based on the K-12 Next Generation

Science Standards (NGSS) passed by the CT State Board of Education in November 2015.

This standards-based framework emphasizes learning experiences that provide students

with the skills and knowledge they need

● to be well-informed citizens,

● to be prepared for college and careers,

● and to understand and appreciate the essential role of science in our community and our world.

   Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science
•Asking questions and defining problems
•Developing and using models
•Planning and carrying out investigations
•Analyzing and interpreting data
•Using mathematics and computational thinking
•Constructing explanations and designing solutions
•Engaging in argument from evidence
•Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Life Science:


–Similarities & Differences in Organisms
–Survival of Organisms
Physical Science:
–Movement & Interactions of Objects
Earth & Space Science:
–Changes to Organisms’ Environment


Social Studies

  • Civics
    • Citizenship
  • Student council
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Second Step
  • Geography
    • Landforms and Bodies of Water
    • Map Skills
  • Cultures
  • 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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