Ms. Hanson's Third Grade Website

In 3VH we honor THE GOLDEN RULE and have talked a lot about RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and KINDNESS. Every day we work hard to keep our classroom community a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow. Together we are having fun and becoming better mathematicians, readers, writers, artists, scientists, and community members!

Daily Schedule

3VH Schedule 2018-2019
8:30-8:45am: Morning Work
8:45-9:00am: Morning Meeting
9:00-9:45am: Literacy (whole group reading, writing, spelling)
9:45-10:00am: Snack/Read Aloud
10:00-10:30am: Science/Social Studies
10:30-11:15am: Specials
Monday: Music
Tuesday: P.E.
Wednesday: Art
Thursday: Library
Friday: Computer
11:30-12:30pm: Reading Groups
12:35-12:55pm: Recess
1:00-1:25pm: Lunch
1:30-1:45pm: Quiet Time
1:45-2:30pm: Math
2:30-2:55pm: Closing Circle/End of Day Procedures
2:55-3:10pm: Dismissal

At-Home Practice Links

*You will find these links along with other practice suggestions under the "Homework" tab*


In third grade we begin the transition from LEARNING to read to READING to learn. We explore a variety of texts in many different genres while still practicing fundamental reading skills. Our goal is to foster a room full of thoughtful readers who LOVE to read!


  • Scott Foresman's Reading Street curriculum is used as a structure and support during whole and small group teaching. For a taste of the stories and themes we explore with this program, click here.
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension skills/strategies
  • Reading fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Exploring many different genres
  • Reading to gather information 
  • Building INDEPENDENT reading stamina

Book Projects

We will work on one book project per trimester for a total of three book projects. Students may be expected to work on reading a "Just-Right" book at home in preparation for completing their book projects. More information will be sent home as a project date gets closer!


As writers in third grade, our goal is to EXPAND and EXPLODE our writing with details and "Silver Dollar" language. We continue to explore grammar mechanics and different forms of writing. ​


  • Circle Notebook (Fridays)
  • Nonfiction writing (science and social studies based)
  • Fictional creative writing (personal narratives, memorable moments)
  • Persuasive writing
  • Seasonal poems (e.g. I Know A Summer Day)
  • Spelling (weekly lists derived from the Scott Foresman's Reading Street program along with enrichment/third grade sight words)
  • Grammar skills
In third grade we love MULTIPLICATION! We will spend a lot of time working on our fact fluency. Each month, however, we will also cover a wide variety of fundamental math skills. Below is a taste of our math exploration for the year.
At NES, we follow Dr. Mahesh Sharma's math philosophies and daily teaching strategies. We also use the Everyday Math curriculum to help guide lessons/practice. 

​Daily fact practice/"Circle Counts"
Place Value
Expanded Notation
Comparing/Ordering Numbers
Addition/Subtraction of multi-digit numbers with regrouping
Time (Telling/Elapsed)
Linear Measurement (Standard and Metric)
Area and Perimeter
Commutative Property
Word Problems
Weight/Capacity (Standard and Metric)
Brain Teasers/Code Breakers
​Fact Ladders

There is much to explore about the world in third grade! Each trimester we will learn about a different social studies and science topic. There are many fun field trips and events lined up to help us to better understand these topics along the way. Take a peek!


Unit 1: Newmarket
Unit 2: The Water Cycle
Unit 3: Immigration
Unit 4: Light and Matter
Unit 5: Simple Machines
Unit 6: Night Sky
​Unit 7: Mapping

Related Field Trips and Events

  • Dr. Looney will visit with his lab to help us explore the three states of matter.
  • We will take a field trip to the Lowell Mills in January during our unit on immigration.
  • We will have our amazing Immigration Simulation in the NES gym to wrap up the end of our immigration unit. 
  • Mr. Negley will bring his portable planetarium to the NES gym while we learn about the night sky. 
  • Our 3rd Grade Science Fair will take place in the spring. 
Lives are incredibly busy. 
I deeply value the benefits of outdoor play, family meals, and a good night's sleep (for children and adults alike!).
Because of this, I do not have nightly homework expectations. 
Please keep the following in mind:
  • SPELLING WORDS will go home on Mondays along with a menu of suggested ways to practice these words for the Friday spelling test. Third graders need to turn in their practice work on Friday mornings. 
  • CIRCLE NOTEBOOK is sent home on Fridays (save for long weekends and vacations) to be returned to school on the following Monday.
  • There may be times throughout the year when students will be asked to complete part of a school project at home. At these times, more information will be sent home with what is expected.
If you or your child wish to practice some third grade skills at home on your own time, I have compiled a list of suggestions and activities below. 


Read Every Night!

Taking the time to read each night provides great benefits to your child. There are many different ways to do this:

  • Read to self (let your child enjoy a book on his or her own)
  • Partner read (take turns reading with your child)
  • Read aloud (read to your child or let your child read to you!)

No matter how your family reads, your child will be expanding his or her thinking, listening to and practicing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and learning to enjoy the act of reading.

​Other suggestions: Go to the library and let your child choose what he or she would like to read. Read road signs or labels at stores. Ask your child questions about the books he or she reads.

  • Letter writing (on paper, on white boards, with playdough, in sand, etc.)
  • Journal writing
  • Story writing
  • Write the grocery/to-do list
  • Write a letter (to a family member, friend, teacher)


Non-Electronic Games/Practice
  • Checkers
  • Dominos
  • Battleship
  • Connect Four
  • Simon
  • Othello
  • “Top It” card game
  • Flashcards (+, -, x)
  • Skip counting
  • Counting money
  • Telling time
Computer/Tablet Games


Ms. Hanson headshot in front of wallMy name is Ms. Hanson and this is my fourth year teaching at Newmarket Elementary School. I graduated from UNH with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I love to learn and explore, which is why I LOVE teaching third grade! My third graders are continuously helping me to learn, grow, and see the world in different ways. 
Ms. Hanson in field in front of lakeWhen I'm not teaching, I'm enjoying time with friends and family, playing with my dog Teddy, exploring the outdoors, or snuggling up with a book. I am very passionate about books, reading and art. My students will tell you that if I'm not reading a great book then I'm admiring its beautiful illustrations. 

I also really enjoy being active so you can often find me ice skating, practicing yoga, hiking, jogging, walking and dancing. 
Ms. Hanson's dog, TeddyAs an educator I believe that learning about yourself and how to be a community member are just as important as our third grade curriculum. In 3VH we honor THE GOLDEN RULE and spend a lot of time talking about RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and KINDNESS. Every day we work hard to keep our classroom community a safe and comfortable place to learn and grow. Together we are having fun and becoming better mathematicians, readers, writers, artists, scientists, and community members!