Katherine James & Pia Tsuruda

The third grade teachers welcome you to third grade. We are excited about teaching your children. Third grade is an exciting, creative and busy year. We are the transition year between the primary and upper grades. We encourage students to be responsible, independent workers while fostering creative thinking skills.

We continue the Open Court Language Arts Program with its strong emphasis on word analysis, comprehension and grammar. We enhance our language arts program with the study of several children’s literature selections. In our writers workshop students develop writing skills by wriitng their own stories and poetry. Third graders also learn cursive writing.

The highlights of our third grade math program include mastery of multiplication and division facts, long division, fractions, decimals, and a greater understanding of number sense with an emphasis on problem solving.

In social studies we study Santa Barbara history and geography. Students are fascinated by our study of Chumash life. We take numerous field trips to local historical sites including Lake Cachuma, the Presidio and Stow House.

Six specialists enrich our program: computer, art, science, music, physical education and library. Several special events make third grade memorable. In the spring, students perform a musical production under the direction of Mrs. Brown, our music specialist. We combine science, art and poetry in a month long Moon Journal project.

The third grade teachers work closely as a team to plan an exciting and challenging curriculum.