3rd Grade

Students experimenting with motion
Third Grade is currently studying the following concepts:

Literacy - Crafting True Stories and Building a Reading Life (Lucy Calkins)
Math - Differentiated Math curriculum ranging from 3rd - 5th grade (Engage NY)
Science and Engineering - Force and Motion
Social Studies - Communities and Government 

All students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night at their reading level. 
Here is the link for their reading program: https://www.raz-kids.com/
Students also have assignments for math at: https://www.tenmarks.com/

Another great resources to help you student build math skills:

Virtual Day
A Virtual Day will occur if DCSD declares a late start for inclement weather. When this happens students stay home and complete similar work as if they were in school. STEM has decided to do this because our families live in so many different areas, many of which require quite a long drive. With all that required commuting to school, we want to make family's lives easier by eliminating that morning drive in bad weather. In the case of a virtual day students can still continue to learn using technology at home. 

Students will receive assignments in tenmarks and need 3 reading responses from some kind of text they are reading at home or from razz-kids.com. 


Read for 45 minutes and write a reading response that includes:




Prediction (if it’s a chapter book predict what might happen in the next chapter)

Problem and solution (if you have not yet encountered the problem and/or solution, list three interesting things that have happened - from those events can you predict what the problem might be?)


Main Idea

Three interesting facts

What does the author want you to learn?

Newsella Article: https://newsela.com
“Banning sledding could do more harm than good”

  • Quiz

  • Writing response in the program



Assigned math in the program

Learning is fun!

Shark Webinar
3rd grade recently participated in a webinar about sharks. Check out the link below to watch the archived webinar!

What's it Wednesday
In order to enhance creative thinking skills we participate in a fun creative thinking activity once a week. Students try to identify an unknown item and determine other uses for the item. The item is typically something that is no longer used in our society which gives this exercise a social studies element. 

Can you identify this "What's it Wednesday?"

Meet the team:

Sian Salsbury:

Sian has been teaching for 15 years. She has taught every grade from advanced gifted pre-school enrichment through seventh grade math. Thus, Sian understands what students bring to their grade as well as what they need to know by the end of the year. Her teaching experience has included urban and suburban districts as well as in private school.

Sian has her B.A. in Art History with an emphasis on museum education for children. Sian feels that the arts are an important window into history and culture so she likes to bring creativity into her classroom. After raising her children, she went back to school at The University of Colorado at Denver and got her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Primary Literacy. Her teaching experience includes teaching for three years at The Ricks Center For Gifted Children, thus she understands the quirkiness of such students. Her own 2 children are gifted as well so she has lived through that quirkiness! She understands that teaching strategies to target any special category of student works well for all students.

She has 2 adult children, a daughter and a son. They were of opposite personalities so she understands a parent's viewpoint from a variety of positions. Sian enjoys travelling to see her daughter in Washington DC and discovering the many facets of that historic city. Her son has remains in Colorado so she  visits with him often.

Sian spends her free time reading and immersing herself in needlework. She is fascinated with how people learned to fashion fabric from unlikely sources using improbable tools. She is also curious as to how people have been driven through history to make all manner of utilitarian objects beautiful. Her three cats also are quite grateful for needlework hobby since they have access to nice yarn as toys.

Alyssa Richter: 

Alyssa started her teaching career at STEM in the fall of 2016. She enjoys inspiring students to delve into hands-on Science projects. This is her favorite subject to teach! She enjoys leading an after school club, Destination Imagination, where students work in collaborative groups to solve an engineering problem and gain the skills needed to succeed in school, careers, and beyond.

Alyssa received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Go Rams!! While at CSU, she completed an Honors Thesis on Emotion Regulation, wrote a grant to enhance healthy eating and physical exercise practices at a local Fort Collins elementary, and was an intern at the Early Childhood Center. From there, she went on to obtain a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. During graduate school work, she completed a year long student teaching assignment at Aspen Academy in Greenwood Village.

In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, hiking, camping, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing…the list goes on and on! She also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cockapoo, Baylor. Additionally, she relaxes by reading and cooking.

Shandra Botello: 
Shandra is in her 5th year teaching and has taught 3rd through 5th grade students in DPS. She has her master's degree in Education, with a focus in curriculum and instruction, from the University of Denver with endorsements in Special Education, English Language Acquisition, and Gifted and Talented Education. 

Shandra has served on multiple school leadership teams, as well as a committee to improve the physical and emotional health of students. At STEM she is also a coach for the Destination Imagination team for 3rd grade, where students tackle engineering challenges and compete with other students.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling and has visited 30 countries and counting!