Welcome to 3rd Grade!


Aloha to 3rd Grade

English Language Arts

What will we focus on in English Language Arts?

  • Vocabulary
  • Main idea and supporting details
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying genre
  • Narrator and point-of-view
  • Writing narrative, opinion, and informative essays

Students should be practicing building up their reading fluency and love for reading daily. The best way to do this is simply to READ. Each day, students should be reading at least 20 minutes in a book on their level that they enjoy. The Big Universe Library, located in the quick links on the OLS, is a great place to find books to read.

Sequoyah Book Award Children's List

Note: OVCA has not personally reviewed the books on this list. We highly recommend that parents review these and decide for themselves if the content is appropriate for their child as this list is intended for students in 3rd – 6th grades.


Some of the things we will focus on in math this year are:

  • Multiplication
  • Reading and writing numbers in different forms (standard, word, expanded, etc.)
  • Solving real-world problems
  • Fractions
  • and so much more!

It will be essential to have a good foundation of fact fluency, so be sure to practice your addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts every day!

Teacher Graded Assignments

Each quarter, students will complete 3 Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs). These assignments will be uploaded to Seesaw, where students will be building a portfolio of their amazing work! These TGAs will be a significant part of students' grades, so it will be very important to read the grade level newsletters to find the instructions and due dates for each TGA. We will be completing some of the work for TGAs in our live class connects.

The three types of TGAs that students will complete each quarter are:

  • Writing TGA
  • Writing Work Sample
  • Math TGA

More information about specific TGAs and the Seesaw platform will be upcoming in future newsletters.

NWEA MAP Growth Screener

The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in math and reading. The first score of the year sets the goals for the school year. In order to get the most accurate data, students will complete the screener in live classes, completely independently with no help.

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take three times per school year in live class connects. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Before we take the screener in class, make sure that you can access the NWEA testing website by visiting https://test.mapnwea.org/#/ . Once you are on this page, you should see a window pop up to a "Log in" page. If your browser does not allow pop-ups, you will want to fix the settings to always allow pop-ups from the NWEA site.

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth
NWEA Information & Practice Test

Username: grow Password: grow

Important Course Information

Math and ELA

There will be several times throughout the year where we need to supplement the course content in Math and ELA in order to meet the rigor of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. On your daily plan in your OLS, you may come across an extra lesson in reading or math. These lessons will be labeled with the Unit and Lesson numbers, followed by "Part 2." Sometimes, these lessons will fall on the same day as the main lesson, and sometimes they may fall on another day. These lessons are required, so it is important that students do not skip them, as they contain pertinent information and practice that 3rd graders will need in order to be successful. When these lessons are assigned, there may be adjustments made for the original lesson, so please be sure to refer to the newsletter and On Track Calendar to be aware of these adjustments.

State History and PE

Be sure to complete one lesson per week in both State History and PE courses. If a student starts after the first week of school, they should start with Unit 1 Lesson 1 and continue completing one lesson per week until the course is complete.

Tips for a Successful 3rd Grade Year

  • Set up a designated workplace for each student. Ensure that it is in a place that is free from distractions, where students can focus on their schoolwork during the day.
  • Make sure that your technology is working and that you have everything you need, including a computer, a working headset with a microphone, and a webcam. If you need assistance with technology, be sure to contact tech support at https://www.help.k12.com/s/ or at (866)512-2273.
  • Familiarize yourself with the OLS on both the learning coach and student side. The student view of the OLS is new this year, so take some time learning how to navigate it before school starts.
  • Attendance will be extremely important for all class connects. Be sure to attend every day and communicate with your homeroom teacher if you have any conflicts. If a student does need to miss a class connect, be sure to email your teacher and watch the recording of the class as soon as possible.
  • Stay on track every day with the Bison On Track Calendar. In order for lessons to be marked complete, students must demonstrate mastery (80% or higher). If you don't master a lesson, review and retake it as soon as possible to stay on track.
  • Along with the Bison On Track Calendar, be sure to access the grade level newsletter biweekly. We will share important announcements and information, including TGA instructions and other important information that you can't miss.
With some hard work and perseverance, you are going to grow and learn so much this year!

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

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Important Websites

Online Learning School (OLS)

Access Big Universe through the "Quick Links" in your OLS.

Bison On Track Calendar & Newsletter

You will be able to find current and past Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters on the school website.

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

3rd Grade Teachers