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    Ms. Allison Bohnen Loutas



    3rd Grade Curriculum

    Carmel Unified School District uses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), with the California additions as the basis of our instruction. The standards are published on the California Department of Education website at:       http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp



    You can also find these standards via the district web page:





    Math: Third-grade students deepen their understanding of place value and their knowledge of and skill with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Students develop an understanding of fractions as numbers, concepts of area and perimeter of plane figures, and attributes of various shapes.


    To achieve this goal:

    • Core directed lesson and activities from Envision Math
    • Extra Math (Computer Program)
    • Timed Math Facts
    • Imagine Math (Computer Program)



    Language Arts: Third grade is often considered a pivotal year as increased emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies, text analysis, language conventions, and writing.

    Third-grade students learn to use context as an independent vocabulary strategy. They learn to refer to information in the text when asking and answering questions about texts they have read. They apply analysis strategies to determine the theme or central message of text. They learn about subject and verb agreement and verb tenses and use that knowledge to write and speak in correct, complete sentences. As students learn more English language conventions and acquire new vocabulary, they practice them in their writing assignments.


    To achieve this goal:

    • Core directed lessons and activities from adopted California Wonders Anthology
    • Explicit instruction and independent use of reading comprehension strategies in authentic text



    Science: Students in grade three further develop their understandings of the structure of force, trajectory and magnetism. They study weather and climate regions. As well as extend their knowledge of ecology by learning about different ecosystems, survival of the fittest and lifecycles

    Third-graders practice making precise measurements and learn that even careful measurements are sometimes subject to error. They also learn that predictions are not guesses and that predictions must be verified by experiments and the analysis of data gathered through careful measurements.  

    Grade-three science topics are organized into five standards sets:

    • Physical Sciences (force and magnets)
    • Life Sciences (ecosystems and lifecycles)
    • Earth Sciences (weather and climate regions)
    • Investigation
    • Experimentation


    To achieve this goal:

    • Core directed lessons and activities
    • Weekly laboratory activities with Ms. Gunn
    • Garden oriented science activities with Ms. McCormick


    Social Studies: In third grade, students build on their knowledge of geography, civics, historical thinking, chronology, and national identity.  The emphasis is on how things change and how others remain the same.  To understand changes occurring today, students explore ways in which their locality continues to evolve and how they can contribute to improvement of their community.   Students will be introduced to the great legacy of local, regional, and national traditions that provide common memories and a shared sense of cultural and national identity.


    To achieve this goal:

    • Lessons and activities from community resources and texts
    • Field trips within local community



    Differentiation and Cross Curriculum Connection:

     Use of Dimensions of Depth and Complexity



    Classroom and School Information



    River School has worked hard at establishing and implementing our school’s goal. 

    We are dedicated to:



    1. All students engage in challenging, innovative, and relevant curriculum that prepares them for college and career.


    1. All students achieve personal wellness through an environment that fosters health and happiness.


    1. All staff engages in continual professional development to meet the District’s academic and social emotional goals.



    Homework:         School board policy states that students are expected to spend an average of 20 minutes on homework, three to four days a week in addition to students reading from an “ability level appropriate” chapter book. Homework will strive to be given with advanced noticed on majority of assignments, embody differentiation and student choice on a weekly basis and often include a real world application and/or parent involvement.

    Each week, homework packets will be sent home on Monday to be finished by Friday. Also, nearly every Friday morning your child will complete a Weekly Update indicating what he or she has been learning that week in class. This is to be signed and returned Monday morning.


    Classroom Expectations:       Students are expected to follow the Carmel River School Discipline Plan and Standards of Good Character.  I will provide both rewards and consequences for positive and negative behavior.


     Praise and encouragement

     Otter Bucks

     Friday Fun Activities

     Additional privileges

     Positive phone calls & postcards home


     Verbal Reminders

     Loss of privileges

     “Write-up”

     Phone call home

     Parent conference


    The Districts Discipline Plan and Parent Handbook can be accessed via the River web site under Forms.




              Spanish-Tuesday 12:00-12:30 and Friday 9:25-9:55

    Library-Wednesday 11:50-12:30

    P.E.-Tuesday 2:10-3:00 and Thursday 11:40-12:30

    Science-Thursday 2:20-3:00

    Computers-Monday 2:20-3:00

    Music-Monday 1:40-2:20



    Information regarding the specialist programs can be found on the River School web site under Programs/Services. 




     November 14th-20th

     March 11th-15th  








    Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures:

                      Please refer to the email sent regarding the school’s pick up and drop off procedures.  For the safety of all students, please adhere to those procedures.  Let me know if you need the information again. 




    If you would like to send treats to school for your child’s birthday, please contact me ahead of time to set up a time and please make sure that the treats are individual as they are easier to pass out (pack of raisins, fruit roll, etc) and consider a healthy alternative for your treats. We are striving to promote healthy foods and student wellness.

Last Modified on August 13, 2018