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


Zearn Math 

Grade 3 mathematics is about:
Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100
Developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1)
Developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area
Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes

Grade 3 Domains

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


  • School Garden
  • TWIG Science

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