3rd Grade

Grade 3 Curriculum Overview

Language Arts: How can I read for understanding? How can I express myself through my writing? Third graders will focus on a number of reading skills such as checking for understanding, climbing the hurdle of new words, and making meaningful predictions. Third grade writers will be able to tell a story bit by bit and teach others through their writing.

Mathematics: How can I solve problems using four operations? Third graders will add, subtract, multiply, and divide within 100. They will solve word problems using these four operations. Your child will also learn fractions and measurement.

Science: How can I think like an engineer and a scientist? Third graders will learn about engineering, weather and patterns, motion and matter, life cycles and inherited traits, and fossils. By using a hands-on based approach, your child will deepen their science understanding and make discoveries.

Social Studies: What does it mean to be a citizen of New Jersey? This year your child will learn about the different types of communities and how their formation shaped the history of the United States.

Teacher Bio's


Hello! I am Miss Samara, a 3rd grade teacher here at Troy Hills Elementary School. My teaching experience began at the University of Delaware, where I received my Bachelor's in Education. I have been teaching for eight years and am so happy to now be teaching back in Parsippany at a school I once attended years ago! I also hold my Master's in Education which focused on reading instruction, a subject I love to teach and learn more about. Each day, my goal is to make learning engaging and spark interest and self-discovery. I encourage my students to be problem-solvers who are cooperative, caring, and mindful towards themselves and to others. Outside of the classroom, you can find me playing with my dog, traveling, and running outside.

Hi, I am Katherine Cascioli, a third-grade teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School.   After obtaining a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University, I eagerly began my career as a fifth-grade teacher.  I couldn’t believe I’d be teaching in the same room I had spent my third-grade year as a student! I was thrilled to return home to THS, the very place that inspired me to become a teacher! After sixteen years in fifth grade, I began teaching third grade in 2011.  No matter the grade, I believe in setting high expectations while nurturing and guiding students to reach and exceed them. This creates a classroom family of lifelong learners who will then nurture, encourage and support on another. Every former student knows my motto, “Once a Cascioli kid, a Cascioli kid for life!”

Hi, I am Miss Pesci, 3rd Grade Teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School. I attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned my Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as my Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification. After completing my student teaching requirements at Troy Hills, I served as an Instructional Paraprofessional for two years. I am elated to be starting my teaching career as a Troy Hills Tiger. My goal is simple.  I want each of my students to leave third grade as responsible, compassionate, and eager learners. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors, visiting National Parks, cooking, reading, and playing with my 2 year old Pit mix, Phoenix. 


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