Third Grade

For curriculum updates for pull-out groups click the subject below:
Language Arts Enrichment        Math Enrichment

For Information about the GIFTED ELIGIBILITY PROCESS for third grade students CLICK HERE

Parents do not need to fill out a referral form for their child to be considered for gifted education services. All third students are automatically considered for eligibility.

Cognitive Abilities Test 2014

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) assesses each child's ability to solve problems in three main categories: 1) verbal (language arts) reasoning, 2) quantitative (mathematical) reasoning, and 3) non-verbal (visual) reasoning.  This is not a test that can be "studied for" in any way.  It is purposely designed to test skills that are above grade level to help identify students who need differentiated curriculum and instruction beyond the third grade Standards of Learning.  Students who score in the 95th percentile and above in any of three categories meet the criteria for the "ability test" component of the gifted identification portfolio in that subject area.  Each student must meet expectations in multiple criteria to be made eligible for gifted education services.  No single test score can guarantee nor deny a student eligibility for gifted education services.

Cognitive Abilities Test Score Reports

Letters with student scores were sent home in Monday folders in December. 

Parent Input to Eligibility Process

If your child scored in the 80th percentile or above on any of the CogAT subtests or the 2nd grade CogAT screening test, along with the score report letters was a parent survey for you to provide information about your child that the gifted eligibility committee will review when considering your child for gifted education services. These surveys are due on December 20th.  Address envelopes to "Mr. Kendall RE: Eligibility" and return to your child's teacher or turn in to the main office.

Letters Regarding Decisions of the Eligibility Committee

Letters regarding decisions about gifted eligibility are sent by mail by the end of January or first week of February.  The committee will consider Cognitive Abilities Test scores,
Cognitive Abilities Screening Test scores (from 2nd grade), teacher observations, gifted education coordinator observations, parent survey information, and examples of student work.  No single criteria determines eligibility.

If you have any questions about these tests or the procedures for gifted education identification please contact me ( or 540-463-5353 ext 3129). 

Math Enrichment

Program Objectives:
  1. Students will learn a variety of problem-solving strategies to solve multi-step problems. 
  2. Students will learn to apply their knowledge of mathematics to new contexts.
  3. Students will learn to work effectively in teams to solve problems.
  4. Students will learn to be more systematic in their thinking and more organized in how they show their work.
  5. Students will learn pre-algebra concepts through the use of the Hands-on Equations program.

Students in the pull-out groups develop problem-solving strategies through the use of multi-step word problems from the Techniques of Problem Solving series (the students refer to these as their ("TOPS Packets") and they can work on these at their own pace whenever they finish math class assignments or morning work early), the  Problem Solver 3 series from Creative Publications, and "brain teaser" problems from several math web sites.  The students will also play challenging board and computer games and participate in other math enrichment activities that extend grade-level skills.

Third grade math enrichment meets for one hour a week at the following times:

Mrs. Squire's Students: 1-2 p.m. on Mondays
Mrs. Laubscher's and Mrs. Rowsey's Students: 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays

(Note: If a Monday or Thursday is missed due to holiday or snow day, every effort is made to "double up" the groups on the day that there is school that week or made up the following week.)

The groupings may vary from unit to unit best on pretest and unit test performance.  Just because students were pulled with me last year does not mean that they will necessarily be pulled this year. 

Students will have Techniques of Problem Solving (TOPS) Packets in the classroom so that they can have something challenging to work on if they complete their classroom assignments or a quiz or test early.  Students will review those problems with me when we meet in the pull-out groups on Tuesday afternoons.

Selected students are pulled from class once a week, during their normally scheduled math time.  These groups will also change periodically from unit to unit depending upon student performance on SOL objectives. The students will be pulled at the following times:


LINK TO ON-LINE MATH GAMES we sometimes use in class as a "reward" activity when students work well on other problem-solving challenges.

The best site for 3rd grade students is Johnnie's Math Page ( ) because it has games grouped by subject (fractions, decimals, multiplication, division, etc.) that provide sufficient challenge for 3rd graders.  Many students love "Cool Math for Kids," but those games are more video game style with a whole lot of "cool" and very little math.

Language Arts Enrichment 

Program Overview

Selected students are pulled from class once a week, during their normally scheduled language arts time.  The students are pulled at the following times. Mr. Kendall is the discussion leader for all of the groups:

Campagna - Mondays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.         
Swisher - Tuesdays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.   
Rowsey - Fridays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.                  

Program Objectives:
  1. Students will learn to actively participate in literary analysis through the use of the "Shared Inquiry" model of discussion pioneered by the Junior Great Books program. 
  2. Students will learn to express opinions on questions that have more than one possible answer, and support their opinions with evidence from the text.
  3. Students will learn to read dramatically, with appropriate voice inflection and pacing.
  4. Students will learn the vocabulary of literary analysis, including character, protagonist, personification, theme, mood, foreshadowing, simile, metaphor, and genre.
  5. Students will have opportunities to do critical and creative writing in response to the literature they read.pulled from class once a week, during their normally scheduled math time. 
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