Third Grade

Mrs. Novak teaches handwriting!

Math lessons can be fun!


Student/Teacher Ratio: 22 to 1 with an Educational Assistant
School Day: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Fridays 2:00 pm)

The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At the elementary grades, we realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success. In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.

Spiritual Life

Religion: Children grow spiritually through daily devotions, music, discussions, activities, and prayer. Emphasis is placed on the application of faith to their lives. The Young Peacemakers, a scripture based conflict resolution curriculum, is taught. Memory work is based on Scripture verses applicable to this curriculum. A pastor also makes weekly presentations to the class.

Chapel: As a class the students attend our all-school chapel every Wednesday morning. Our worship service includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age appropriate talks. Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time.

Academic Life

Language Arts & Reading: Children experience a whole language/literature-based reading/language arts curriculum. A variety of books, grammar, creative writing, handwriting, spelling, silent reading, literature, and paragraph writing are emphasized. Learning centers are available in the classroom to reinforce concepts in all subject areas.

Mathematics: Through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math! curriculum, which includes an online component, children review basic math facts, develop skills in long multiplication and division facts, measurement, numeration, fractions, geometry, graphs, and probability. Mental math and problem solving skills are also developed. Kim Sutton’s 10-Block Program for Math Fact Fluency (grades K-6) is used daily.

Science: Students learn to appreciate the world that God has created for them. Through the Science Studies Weekly – Discovery standards-based curriculum, students explore many topics such as the solar system, rocks and minerals, the water cycle, energy & its forms, and forces & motion in the life science, earth and space science, and physical science disiplines. The curriculum includes an online component.

Social Studies: In the Washington Studies Weekly standards-based curriculum, also online supported, students study history and geography of Washington and learn to appreciate our communities and our environment. Students also learn about U.S. government, citizenship and current events.

Computers: The children have access to a computer and educational software in the classroom as well as iPads.

Physical Education: Physical Education is a class designed to develop coordination and large motor skills. Various exercises, games, and group activities provide learning and practice.

Music: The children continue to build on their knowledge of music. During the year, they begin to read music, concentrating on various musical terms and techniques. Basic recorder lessons are given to the whole class as they learn to read and play simple pieces.

Art: Creativity is nurtured through the use of lines, shapes, space, texture, light, color, seasonal or holiday projects, and medium variations. Projects are coordinated with other areas of curriculum.

Literacy Center: The students use the school library as a resource in projects, fieldwork, and personal advancement. Reading for personal enjoyment is highly encouraged each week.

Grade Activities

Field Trips: To appreciate our community and the world that God has made, the students take a number of field trips that may include a tour of a chocolate factory, ice skating at a local arena, symphonies or plays and a recycling plant.

Christmas and Spring Concerts

Special Activities/Projects: Learning units integrate special activities via field trips and projects.

Piano Lessons: Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.

MJ Novak

B.A. Education, Concordia University, Irvine CA

Lutheran Teaching Ministry Certificate

Certified Teacher

Member Lamb of God Lutheran Church

Click to email me at m.novak @zionls.org

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