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Spring 2012

Classroom Donation Fund

Thank you for donating to help fund our field trips.

We appreciate you making these trips possible.


Fall: Science hikes 

Dec: Willy Wonka Play 

March: Percussion Discussion 

June: Guided Walking Tour of Lafayette


Total Donation Requested $30.00


Checks can be written to BVE PTA.

Thank you!



Frequently Asked Questions about Math

Technology and Your Child

The below website offers information and advice on your child's interaction with technology and media.

It offers anything from movie, book, and App recommendations to advice on big issues concerning your child and the media.



Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade!

"Learning ultimately comes down to one thing; the ability, and choice, to put one's brain around a problem- to stare past the confusion, and struggle forward rather than flee."  - Andy Schipper

Third Grade Curriculum


  • reads aloud fluently and accurately
  • uses context clues to confirm or self correct vocabulary words
  • utlizes strategies  of visualizing, questioning, making connections, determining importance, inferring, and synthesizing to build understanding of texts 
  • Self selects and sustains through appropriate text
  • Units of Study focus on Building a Reading Life, Mysteries, Character Studies, and Non-fiction


  • writes narratives (personal and fiction) using effective techniques, details and clear sequence of events
  • writes informative pieces to examine a topic and convey ideas clearly
  • writes opinion pieces supporting a point of view with evidence
  • uses correct capitalization, grammar, and grade level spelling skills
  • writes routinely over extended periods of time


  • solves one-step  and multi step word problems
  •  fluently multiplies and divides within 100
  • understands properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division
  • identifies and compares numbers using place value to 10,000
  • fluently adds and subtracts within 1,000
  • rounds whole numbers to nearest 10,000
  • represents fractions as numbers on the number line
  • compares fractions by reasoning their size
  • recognizes and generates simple equivalent fractions 
  • tells time to the minute
  • measures and estimates volume and mass using metric units
  • uses data in bar graphs
  • calculates perimeter and area of plane figures
  • categorizes shapes based on their attributes
  • clearly communicates mathematical reasoning
  • perseveres through tasks and attends to accuracy, reasonableness, and efficiency.‚Äč 



  • Interdependent relationships in Ecosystems

Adaptations, which increase survival, Inheritance and variation of traits, Social interactions within animal groups, Life cycles of plants and animals

  • Forces and Interactions

Effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on an object, Effects of Magnetism and static electricity on an object without contact

  • Weather and Climate

The difference between weather and climate, Natural disasters

Social Studies:

  • History of California with an emphasis on local history


What does Workshop Instruction look like and why is it purposeful?

Character Education


Birthday Policy

On your child's birthday, the class will pause and recognize the celebration.

For children with birthdays in the summer,

we celebrate half birthdays.

As per the district's Wellness Policy, please do not send treats to school with your child.  


Differentiated Instruction

Below are some possible ways you might see the curriculum differentiated:

  • Depth and rigor (horizontal acceleration) over vertical acceleration
  • Choice in assignments 
  • Teach using a variety of strategies to reach all types of learners
  • Assess student readiness
  • Opportunity to be curious and challenge oneself every day