Welcome to Third Grade!

Here are your third grade teachers for the 2020-2021 school year:

     Ms. Griffey                   Mrs. Redenbarger


Third grade departmentalizes, which means your child will have multiple teachers all year.  Mrs. Knuepfer and Ms. Buikema teach literacy (reading and writing) and Ms. Buikema and Ms. Griffey teach Math, Science and Social Studies. We believe this approach provides your child with the best instruction because we are able to specialize in our respective area.  Our data proves this approach works! 


  • 30 minutes of reading every night (school expectation)
  • Reading Log
  • Spelling (due Thursdays)
  • 1 page of math
  • Math facts (begins in October)

If homework is taking your child for than 45 minutes to complete each night, please contact your teacher!

SOAR Expectations

Click here to see Third Grade's SOAR Matrix

Math Power Standards

By the end of third grade, these are the math standards that we feel your child needs to have mastered before 4th grade.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking:

  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • Understand the relationship between multiplication and division
  • Multiply and divide within 100

Measurement and Data:

  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute
  • Solve word problems involving elapsed time
  • Understand and Solve Area and Perimeter

Operations & Numbers in Base Ten:

  • Understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100
  • Fluently add and subtract within 1000 


  • Identify Shapes
  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Literacy Power Standards

Reading (Foundation Skills, Literature & Informational Texts):

  • Decode multisyllable words
  • Retell the main idea and 2-3 key details of a grade level text
  • Determine the meaning of unknown words using clues from the text
  • Ask and answer questions about a text by referring back to the text
  • Compare and contrast two texts on the same  topic


  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences


  • Use conventions of grammar and usage when writing or speaking
  • Use the conventions of  capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing