3rd Grade Team

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Renee Iverson

Welcome back 3rd grade students and families!

My name is Renee Iverson and I am excited to be your teacher this year! Although some of you remember me from 2nd grade last year, I am delighted to move up to 3rd grade and I am looking forward to building a great classroom community! Our year will be fun, challenging in all the right ways and full of important activities and lessons.

This will be my 15th year at Parkwood as a teacher and I have two children that are graduates of Parkwood Elementary. I can’t imagine being in any other school! Most of my teaching has been in 3rd grade and I am so happy to be back in this grade level. I am a WSU alum (Go Cougs!) and currently have a daughter attending WSU and running track for them. My son just committed to Minot State University in Idaho for baseball so now you may hear me say, “Go Beavers!” I am  so excited to welcome back students and families to the building and know this is going to be a fantastic year!

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Vanessa Hidano

Hello 3rd Grade Students and Families,

My name is Vanessa Hidano and I am excited to be your teacher this year!  Even though we are meeting remotely, I am looking forward to building a great classroom community that is supportive, engaging, cooperative, and full of learning opportunities.

This is my 11th year of teaching and my 5th year at Parkwood Elementary. At Parkwood I taught 5th grade for three years and this will by my second year teaching 3rd grade. Prior to teaching in Shoreline, I taught 4th grade in the Bellevue School District for 6 years.  I love cooking, walks, playing with my dogs, and spending time with family and friends.  I am really looking forward to welcoming all students back into the building this fall!

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Kristin Mesler

Hello Third Grade Students & Families!

My name is Kristin Mesler and I am excited to be your teacher this year!  Even though we are meeting remotely, I am looking forward to building a great classroom community that is supportive, challenging in all the right ways,  and full of important activities and lessons.

This is my 15th year teaching 3rd grade at Parkwood Elementary!  Prior to teaching at Parkwood, I taught Music at Highland Terrace & Lake Forest Park Elementaries.  I also taught overseas in Saudi Arabia (3 years) & Bahrain (3 years).   I love traveling, languages, music, art, theater, writing & reading!  I have seen the pyramids of Cairo, Egypt, studied French & Arabic, and snorkeled in the Philippines.  But, I am most excited to teach at Parkwood Elementary School because of our wonderful community, talented students, and our fantastic 3rd grade team.


  • We love teaching our 3rd grade Parkwood Panthers! It’s a year of academic learning, growth in social skills & relationships, and becoming the true leaders of our primary children.  Students will be enthusiastically engaged while developing deeper and more complex skills in language arts, math, science, and social studies. We will make connections across these various subjects in our curriculum, build on skills learned previously, and apply our learning in real-world situations!

    In third grade we follow the Common Core State Standards, however we have specifically targeted some skills that are more critical for math success for this year and the years beyond. Please help us help your student by ensuring that they are experts in the standards below:

    3rd Grade Math Essential Standards

    1. Add and subtract within 1,000, using strategies based on place value.
    2. Solve Multiplication and Division problems within 100.
    3. Show that a fraction is an equal part of a whole.
    4. Show that some fractions are the same size as others even if they have different names and they will be able to compare and order fractions.
    5. State the properties of 4-sided shapes and figure out their perimeter and area.
    6. Tell time to the minute and solve problems about elapsed time.
    7. Measure using rulers using the American Standard System and the   Metric System.

    Bridges in Mathmatics is our math curriculum. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

    Our math curriculum includes geometry, a focus on patterns, as well as connections to real life math experiences. We emphasize problem-solving strategies, which prepare students to solve higher level thinking problems. Communicating mathematical thinking is also a point of emphasis in our instruction.  In third grade, students will learn to tackle mathematical problems and persevere in solving them.  

    Reading

    Our main objectives for our students in reading are to become independent and fluent readers. Our students learn to apply a variety of decoding and comprehension skills, as well as an increased vocabulary, to understand and enjoy what they read!

    We will work in class to practice these skills (phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling) while reading a variety of texts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry). The main resource we use to support our  curriculum is called Wonders. Students read a variety of stories and texts to practice comprehension skills, strategies and fluency throughout the year.

    Writing

    Our writing program emphasizes:

    • Narrative writing.  (Story writing)
    • Informational Writing (Nonfiction research and reports, writing about science, social studies and  nonfiction topics, step-by-step explanations of how things are done.)
    • Opinion Writing (They will express their opinions about a variety of topics and back up those opinions with reasons why they think the way they do.)
    • Ongoing writing about their reading, science and math.

    In addition to the essential standards, we focus on building a community of writers where students share their ideas. We use children’s stories to highlight key aspects of writing to get students talking passionately about their writing!  

    Writing will also be integrated throughout the day in all areas of the curriculum, especially in science, social studies, and health.

    Science 

    We have three Carolina Science Kits for the school year that follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    The science units we explore are:

    • Rocks and Minerals (Earth Science)
    • Plant Growth & Development (Life Science)
    • Sound (Physical Science)

    Social Studies

    Social studies helps our students develop into responsible citizens and appreciate a wide variety of cultures.

    Social Studies in 3rd grade includes: 

    Geography and mapping skills

    Historical events and timelines

    Native Americans & their environments

     

    Potlatch:

    *Culminating event of our Social Studies Unit on Native Americans.

    *Usually the beginning of June

     

    We have regular classroom meetings featuring routines and themes taken from the Second Step curriculum. These meetings serve as a supportive and safe place for our students to learn new social and emotional learning strategies and to ask for help in solving problems. 

    Second step includes a variety of lessons that help foster social and emotional learning. Some of the concepts include, compassion, empathy, friendship, kindness, self-control, community, and to be an individual who is aware of themselves and those around them.