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Language, Reading & Writing

Brooke Burger — Room 205

Taylor Nelson

Math & Science

JaNell Aplin — Room 206

* Accelerated Academy Teacher

Sausha Smith — Room 206

All Subjects

Emily Tripple — Room 207


Welcome parents and students to Third Grade at Yocum Elementary! Our third grade team is so excited for this year and a new adventure of learning for our third graders!

In third grade English, we focus on teaching students how to write personal narratives. In these narratives, students will learn to write a story about their life in a way that fits a specific purpose or goal.

In third grade reading, we will focus on shared reading, a time when the teacher reads a book or passage and teaches a valuable skill from that text. All students read along with either a copy of the text in their hands or following along on a digital display. Guided reading will place students in groups based on their current reading level to read and learn together. Our goal for both of these reading strategies is to increase students’ reading levels and enjoyment of reading!

Third Grade is a BIG year in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at Yocum! We focus on applying our reading skills to learn more about weather and climate, the impact and traits of animal and plant life cycles, as well as engaging with these topics to develop and build 21st century career skills. Skills such as cooperation, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Our third grade teachers make sure we have a serious amount of fun while we do all of this serious learning!

Third Grade Team