• Third Grade

    At Bethany Elementary, each grade level has a mascot that starts with a “B.” In third grade, we are the Bethany Broncos. We are super excited for you to join us this school year.  Please take a moment to learn more about third grade by clicking on the tabs below. 

  • General Information

    Snack/Water Bottles

    • Snack time is from 9:00am to 9:15am daily.

    • Snacks should be a healthy, dry snack and free of nuts (no peanut butter please).

    • Students may not share snacks with other students. 

    • Students should bring a water bottle daily.  The bottle should have a closed lid and be labeled with your child's name (only water is allowed in the classroom).


    • Third grade lunch time is from 12:15 pm to 12:45pm. 

    • Students may bring lunch from home or purchase lunch from the cafeteria. 

    • Students may not share food with other students.

    • Students will need money in their lunch accounts to purchase extras or snacks.


    • Recess is from 11:45 pm to 12:15 pm. 

    • We follow PISD weather guidelines for outdoor recess.

    • Students may wear hats for sun protection.

    • Jackets, scarves and hats are recommended during colder months. 

    • Students may not bring toys from home to play with at recess (balls, jump ropes, chalk, etc. will be provided). 

  • Grades and Assessments


    Beginning in third grade, students begin receiving grades.  The following are ways you can access your student's academic performance:

      • Go to the Plano ISD Parent Portal. Once in the parent portal, the first section allows you to acces grades, attendance, and report cards.  Click on "Login to Gradebook" to access all your child's grades.
      • Progress reports are sent home at the midpoint of each nine-week grading period. 
      • Report cards are sent at the end of each nine-week grading period.

    Student grades will be comprised of daily grades, formative assessments and district assessments. More information on the PISD Grading Policy can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/grading.


    District assessments will be given at the end of every unit in all content areas.

    MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is administered at the beginning, middle and end of the year to measure student progress in reading, math and science. 

    In third grade, students also take STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), which is administered in April and May in reading and math. 

  • Literacy

    -Literacy is taught during a 90 minute block each day.

    -The literacy block consists of reading, writing, grammar and word work.

    - Whole group and small group (guided reading) instruction, stations and independent reading/writing will take place during the literacy block. 

    - Students go to the library weekly for a lesson and book check out. Students are allowed to check out three books weekly.

  • Mathematics

    Math is taught during a 90 minute block.

    The math block consists of the problem of the day/number talks, whole group and small group instruction, and independent work/stations. 

    This year, students will be building on their knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, geometry and measurement, data analysis and financial literacy. 

  • Science

    - Science is typically taught for 60 minutes. 

    -The science block consists of informational text, videos, partner work, experiments and group projects.

    -Cross-curricular studies are done between science, math, and literacy. 

    -Units of Study in third grade are Engineering, physical properties, force, motion and energy, space, organisms and environments, weather and earth’s changing surface.

  • Social Studies

    -Social Studies is taught for 40 minutes daily.

    -The social studies block consists of informational text, videos, projects and partner work.

    -Cross-curricular studies are done between social students, science and literacy. 

    -Units of Study for third grade follow the state mandated TEKS and include citizenship, communities, community service, history, government, culture and economics. 

  • Grade Level Volunteers

    All parents should fill out the PTA volunteer form found at Bethanypta.org and register to volunteer through the Plano ISD website https://plano.voly.org/. To learn more about the registration process to become a volunteer, please go to the Plano ISD Volunteering and Partnering Website by clicking on this link. For the safety of our children, only those who have been vetted through Voly.Org will be able to enjoy volunteer opportunities. There are many ways you can volunteer here at Bethany.  We always appreciate classroom helpers/mentors, material helpers, field trip volunteers and PTA sponsored party planners/home room parents. You can read in the classroom, take things home, or volunteer in other areas of the building. One of the third grade teachers or a PTA volunteer will contact you about these opportunities once you have signed up and the volunteer registration has been completed.