Third Grade

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All instruction is based on District and State Standards

Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking)


District adopted Benchmark Advance Program

Small Group Book Clubs/ Guided Reading

  • Reading Logs
  • Literature integrated with other themes
  • Core Literature-Charlotte’s Web 
  • Read Aloud
  • Reader’s Theater
  • Sustained Silent Reading


  • Daily common core writing 
  • Letter Writing
  • Weekly Spelling/ Vocabulary     
  • Grammar/ Oral language
  • Writing Process, editing/revision 
  • Word Processing (computer)

Listening and Speaking

  • Oral Reading 
  • Presenting Projects
  • Listening Activities  
  • Poetry Recital
  • Sharing


EnVision Math Common Core Program

Grade 3 Domains

  • Number and Operation in Base Tens
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations- Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Data


  • School Garden
  • Integrated FOSS (Full Option Science System)
  • Units-
    • Sun, Moon, Stars
    • Energy and Matter
    • Structure of Life

Social Studies

Ca Reflections:  Harcourt Brace

Units of Study-

  • Physical & Human Geography
  • Local Peoples & History
  • Local Government & Economy

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music
  • Art in Action


Activities for the development of fine and gross motor skills with emphasis on and refinement of: team building skills, organized games, sportsmanship and student participation.

Study Trips / Special Activities

  • Chabot Space Center 
  • Ohlone Presentation/Activities
  • Folgers Stables 
  • Filoli Nature Hike
  • Woodside Store 
  • End of the Year Picnic, Beresford Park

Highlands Elementary School supports a school-wide program based on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework.

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
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Terry Fayer

Erin Keating

Cara Gervang

Stephanie Moran

Shelli Fernandez