Third Grade

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Helen Kruml | 3A | Teacher Page | Bio & Email
Mrs. Laurie Vandermeulen | 3B | Teacher Page | Bio & Email

Instructional Assistants

Mrs. Bonnie Bucaro | 3A
Mrs. Lesley Skorupski | 3B

“Specials” Teachers

ART: Mrs. Alicia Bradley
COMPUTER:  Mrs. Therese Green
LIBRARY: Mr. Christopher Davis
MUSIC: Mr. Mike Stockman
SPANISH (K-5): Mrs. Gabriela Venero

Basic Curriculum

The curriculum and objectives as well as textbooks and workbooks that will be used in the third grade are summarized below by subject.  In addition to these textbooks and workbooks, the curriculum is enhanced by using various enrichment activities that utilize the Promethean Board and iPads.  Games, other hands-on activities, SRA LAB for Reading and SRA LAB for Math will also be used throughout the school year.

READING:  In Reading, the students will be introduced to new vocabulary, sharpen their comprehension skills by reading stories that cover a wide variety of genres, in order to increase fluency, and analyze text features such as bar graphs and time lines.  In addition, vocabulary strategies and basic phonics skills will be developed.  In Reading, the students will use two Treasures textbooks and a Practice Book published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

SPELLING:  In Spelling, the students will be introduced to new spelling words by means of a pretest.  They will practice these new words and sort them as well as learn their meanings.  We will also perform a proofreading activity using these new words.  Finally, the students will take a posttest to check on how well they know the words in preparation for the final Spelling Test.  In Spelling, the students will use a Spelling Practice Book published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS:  In English/Language Arts, the students will sharpen their grammatical skills by using a variety of activities that will introduce, review and develop these skills.  Next, they will do a proofreading activity followed by a test that will evaluate how well the students know the grammar that was reviewed earlier in the curriculum.  In English/Language Arts, the students will use a Grammar Practice Book published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

NOTE:  Reading, Spelling and English/Language Arts are correlated and use the Treasures Series by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

VOCABULARY:  In order to supplement our Reading Program, the students will be doing special vocabulary activities that will cover a variety of skills.  They will be learning high-frequency words that are important to literacy success and word learning tips that will help build vocabulary strategies.  In Vocabulary, the students will use a Powerful Vocabulary for Reading Success Workbook published by Scholastic.

PHONICS:  In Phonics, we will utilize a program to help students become strong readers.  Various phonetic concepts will be introduced and reviewed using different activities.  An assessment will be made at the end to verify the level of mastery.  In Phonics, the students will use a Phonics-Level C Workbook published by Sadlier.

MATH:  In Math, the students will review place value, addition and subtraction.  They will learn multiplication and division concepts and facts along with statistics, probability, measurement, time, geometry, fractions and decimals.  The students will also be introduced to algebra.  Problem-solving strategies and application of these strategies is an integral part of each chapter.  Assessment of each skill is achieved via a check your progress activity followed by a test.  In Math, the students will use a Progress in Mathematics Textbook and a Progress in Mathematics Workbook published by Sadlier-Oxford.

RELIGION:  In Religion, the students will be introduced to Bible stories and teachings of the Faith and will learn new vocabulary words that are defined in a glossary.  In addition, they will do supplemental activities to reinforce the material taught in the textbook and will memorize prayers found in the section of common Catholic prayers contained in the back of the textbook.  In Religion, the students will use the Our Life With Jesus Textbook and Our Life With Jesus Activity Book from the Faith and Life Series Third Edition published by Ignatius Press.

SCIENCE:  In Science, the students will learn about habitats, migration, simple machines, temperature, movement, skeleton and muscles, food chains and webs, body systems and nutrition.  In support of these topics, they will do a variety of discovery activities and experiments.  In Science, the students will use a Discover the Wonder Textbook published by Scott Foresman.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  In Social Studies, the students will learn about a variety of topics. First, they will do maps which will review the continents and oceans.  Next, they’ll explore communities and discuss their history, customs, government and services.  Finally, the students will discuss inventions, transportation, the 50 U.S. States and monuments.  They will also do various hands-on activities and will finish with a research project about a U.S. state.  In Social Studies, the students will use a Communities Textbook published by Harcourt Brace & Company.

HANDWRITING:  The students will learn legible cursive handwriting through a step-by-step process.  This is a vital skill and is the foundation for being successful in reading, writing and test taking.  They will constantly practice and self-evaluate their writing.  Through this process, they will develop fluency and speed.  In Handwriting, the students will use a Handwriting Workbook published by Zaner-Bloser.

The curriculum for all schools in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington can be viewed here


School Supplies

The students in third grade need to have the following school supplies.

  • 1 zippered canvas pencil bag without “window” (heavy duty)/Large Bank Bag
  • 4 boxes #2 Ticonderoga pencils, 12 count each
  • 1 medium pink eraser
  • 1 box Crayola crayons, 24 count
  • 1 box Crayola colored pencils, 12 count
  • 1 box Crayola classic broad washable markers, 8 count
  • 1 box Crayola classic thin washable markers, 8 count
  • 1 large Elmer’s glue stick – .70 oz.
  • 2 single subject composition books, 100 pages, wide-ruled, 9 ¾ X 7 1/2in/24.7X19
  • 8 2-pocket folders (prefer Trapper Keepers and not plastic)
  • 2 boxes Kleenex, 120 count
  • 1 roll Bounty paper towels
  • 1 set multiplication flash cards – Please keep at home
  • 1 set division flash cards – Please keep at home
  • 1 set addition flash cards – Please keep at home
  • 1 set subtraction flash cards – Please keep at home
  • Art smock (Dad’s old button down s/s shirt is fine.)
  • Clear contact paper ( to cover workbooks)
  • Headphones ( comfortable ones)
  • Fiskars scissors to fit hand (not baby size)

School supplies can be ordered through Innisbrook at the end of each school year.  These school packs can be picked up at “Meet the Teacher” day.  Any school packs that are not claimed will be delivered to the student’s classroom.  The school supply list is can be viewed here.


Room parents will be in contact with each family regarding volunteering in and outside the classroom for special events and during Art, Computer, PE and library.  St. Theresa School families are asked to complete the volunteer interest form each school year.  You may access it here.

According to the Diocesan Policy, all volunteers are required to submit the necessary Diocesan paperwork prior to volunteering. Paperwork should be processed and “cleared” before anyone can begin his/her service in the School. If you are not compliant, parents will not be allowed into the school to interact with children in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, field trips, field day, parties, coaching, special classes, science fair, etc.

School Policies and Protocols

Please refer to the current Parent/Student Handbook for questions on school policy and procedures. Each family must sign and return the handbook agreement form.


The students in third grade will have a snack in the morning before lunchtime.  It should be a healthy snack such as cheese, fruit or yogurt.  Also, they should bring a water bottle so that they can have access to water throughout the school day.  The only exceptions are class parties, which are organized by the room mothers or an occasional lunch if the cafeteria is being used for another activity.


There are several ways to contact the third grade teachers.  You can e-mail them or write a note in the student’s Assignment Notebook.  Also, a parent can call the school at any time to request a meeting to discuss the student’s progress either before or after school.


St. Theresa students will have P.E. once a week.  They are required to wear their P.E. uniform for the entire day on P.E. days, including sneakers.  Notifications for spirit wear days and dress-out days are noted on the school calendar and noted in the weekly newsletters.  Winter uniform dates are also announced in the newsletter.  Please refer to the current Parent/Student Handbook for specific uniform requirements.  There is a used uniform in the spring.

Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments can be viewed under Parent Resources/Summer Reading .


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