Welcome to the Third Grade

Teacher: Stefanie Manolakas




Welcome to Third Grade!

Room Parent Announcements

We're entering the home stretch! Be sure to read the school news below as there are some changes to the school schedule and uniforms next year. 
Please note that graduation begins at 6:30 on Thursday, June 8. The kids need to meet in their classroom at 6:10. 
The 3rd Grade end of the year party will be on Thursday, June 8 at the Pulliam house, following the 11:35 dismissal. The swim party is for 3rd Graders and any parents who wish to stay. Please have your child bring a swimsuit and towel. Please pick up your child by 2:30.

Book Trailers

These are links to last year's third graders' Book Trailers. These were the culminating project for our "Patricia Polacco Author Study." Each of these books can be found in our school's library. These were written and produced by the students using iMovie.



Spelling Words

Vocabulary Words

Still important to remember: 


Math Projects


Website Quicklinks

Language Arts

Imagine It!    www.sraimagineit.com
Vocabulary   www.quizlet.com


Envision Math  www.pearsonsuccessnet.com
Khan Academy  www.khanacademy.com

Social Studies

Community Studies Weekly   www.studiesweekly.com
Time Magazine   www.timeforkids.com




Overview & Curriculum

Quizlet: www.quizlet.com

Language Arts

Our Language Art program consists of reading comprehension, writing, speaking and listening. The ImagineIt! program forms the foundation. For our writing program, we learn the six traits of writing, which are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Please check out the ImagineIt! and Six Traits websites listed on the Announcements page for more information.

ImagineIt! Reading: www.sraimagineit.com/g_login.html (log in with student number)


Our third grade math program is based on the new California Common Core math standards. Our new math program this year is the Common Core edition of Envision Math. Please see the introductory video on the Overview page for an overview of this exciting and engaging program. As the year progresses, every effort is made to address the needs for extra support and/or enrichment for our third grade students. Please scroll down for a list of interactive math websites to help your child practice math facts and develop critical thinking.

EnVision Math: www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (log in with student number)

Interactive Math Websites

Speed Math
The goal of Speed Math Deluxe is to create an equation, as quickly aspossible, from the four digits the computer gives you, using addition,subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Drill that times students, give correct answers, and provides percentage correct at end of drill.

Visual Fractions
3rd-6th grade; tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles.

Math Baseball from Fun Brain
Select type of problem and level.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Manipulative math activities for preschool – 12th grade from Utah State University.

AAA Math
K-8th grade; interactive math lessons.

Enchanted Mind Brainbenders
Math puzzles with solutions.

Enchanted Mind Interactives
Creative puzzles for exercising both sides of the brain.

Social Studies

This year in Social Studies, we will learn all about communities. We will learn about our own communities we belong to and what makes up a community. We will also learn about communities long ago, most specifically the Native American tribes of California. We will spend time learning about where these communities lived and how they interacted with other tribes. We will learn about how these Native American tribes live in our current society as well.

We will also be tying in geography to most everything we do. This year, students will be responsible for 'Good Morning Geography.' Each week a student will be chosen on Friday to prepare this short presentation over the weekend. The student will become an expert on any country of their choice. They can choose a country they have visited, want to visit, where their family originally came from or maybe one they are interested in. They will name the country, find where it is on a map of the world, name the continent it is located on, identify the language they speak in this country and how they say 'Good Morning.' They will also find out two fun facts about this country. When they come to school on Monday, they will be ready to teach their classmates what they have learned and show where the country is located on a map on the Promethean board. I am excited to travel around the world with the class!


In science this year, third grade students will be participating in a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch.  The goal of this program is to engage young minds in science, technology, engineering, and math so that they will build confidence, explore interests, and set themselves up for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. PLTW Launch taps into the students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm to empower them to become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, while learning that it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more exciting.

The curriculum is broken into modules that explore engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer programming.  During the first part of the year, students in third grade will be working through a module called “Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions.” In this module, students explore simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and more. They investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. The design problem challenges students to to rescue a trapped tiger. Students then apply their knowledge of forces and devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process.

For more information on the PLTW program, please visit www.pltw.org, or contact the Lower School Science Specialist, Olivia Graffis.


This year third graders will review and explore many of the features within Google Drive as they produce original documents (Google Docs), slideshows (Google Slides), drawings (Google Drawing), and surveys (Google Forms). They will also use code.org to accomplish various block coding tasks. Another area of focus will be touch typing, with a sliding scale determining the number of minutes of typing a student will have for homework.

PE with Mr. Buzzard

In Physical Education, we have the opportunity to meet four times a week (30 minute classes). This year, Mr. Buzzard is going to present a different format. It's going to be all about games. Each week, a game will be presented to the class. They will learn the rules on Mondayand play the game Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each day there will be variations of the game presented as well as discussions. These discussions will be centered around values within a game including: teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty, integrity, kindness, leadership, etc. The class is divided into four teams with new leaders each week. We focus on our routine which includes running outside and cardio work inside. And, of course, we have a lot of fun.

Spanish with Mrs. Kearns

In 3rd Grade this trimester we’ll study the calendar, seasons of the year, and practice short conversations describing the spring weather in Spanish. The class will begin the trimester with new food vocabulary and make a restaurant menu to share with their classmates.  We’ll study our families in April and make a family tree. In May we’ll study the history and culture of “Cinco de Mayo” and the traditional festival activities of the Mexican holiday. We concluded our trimester studying farm and domestic animals.


Third graders go to the library every Monday afternoon for a thematic storytime, an introduction to engaging books, library skills, and checking out books. Stories for storytime are selected to support the unit themes of Imagine It, social studies, holidays, and other curriculum themes. Visit the St. Michael's Library Website at
Martha Rowland, Librarian


Field Trips

Crocker Art Museum: October 19th, 10:20am to 1:00pm

Please make sure  your child has a bag lunch. After our museum tour, we will have a picnic in the Crocker Art Museum courtyard.

Discovery Museum, Planetarium: January 11th, 9:20am to 11:00am

IMAX - Hubble 3D & Deep Sea 3D: double feature  February 16th, 9:20am to 1:00pm

Please make sure your child has a bag lunch. After the movies, we will walk to the Capitol to see the "Moon Tree." After, we will have a picnic lunch in Capitol Park.

Lodestar Outdoor Education: March 22nd to March 24th

Please email me if you are interested in chaperoning. This is the first of many opportunities to chaperone an overnight field trip at St. Michael's!

Exploratorium: May 9th, ALL DAY, leave school at 7:45am return around 4:30pm

Class Parties

For a list of all the third grade volunteers for lunchroom, class parties and field trips, please click here.

Christmas Party -

Valentine's Day Party -

End of School Year Party:


Monday October 24:
Tuesday October 25:
Wednesday October 26:
Thursday October 27:
Friday October 28:
Tuesday January 3:
Wednesday January 4:
Thursday January 5:
Friday January 6:
Monday May 15:
Tuesday May 16:
Wednesday May 17:
Thursday May 18:
Friday May 19:


Other Class Volunteers



  • Cindy Martin



Important Dates

Chapel Presentations this school year will be on the following dates:



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Third Grade Teachers

Ms. Stefanie Manolakas
Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Olivia Graffis
Associate Third Grade Teacher and Science

Mr. Jeremy Bolt

Mr. Steve Buzzard

Ms. Kami Davis
Music and Chorus

Mrs. Jessica Drissi

Mr. Rick Hauch

Mrs. Geri Kearns

Ms. Martha Rowland

Accreditations and Memberships