3rd Grade

All homework and assignments are on Google Classroom.  Google Classroom are shared with current students only.

Core Knowledge is a clear and sequential body of knowledge that builds each year beginning with What your Third Grader Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.  Because we are a public school in Colorado, we have aligned CK with Colorado Academic Standards.  The body of knowledge can be found in the Core Knowledge Sequence  and the text Core Virtues by Mary Beth Klee.

Third grade dives into Ancient Rome with the roman play; mammals; Vikings; the nervous system; explorers; 13 colonies; eyes, light and color; ecology and more.

Core Knowledge Sayings and Phrases that students learn: Actions speak louder than words; His bark is worse than his bite;  Beat around the bush; Beggars can’t be choosers; Clean bill of health; Cold shoulder; A feather in your cap; Last straw; Let bygones be bygones;. One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel; On its last legs; Rule the roost; The show must go on.

Teachers

Ms. Cox - homeroom teacher
   acox[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
When I was a kid, I loved everything about school and I knew someday that I had to work with children in some way. I am a Colorado native, Littleton expert, and live a whole fifteen minutes from where I grew up. I went to Highland Elementary, Euclid Middle School, and Heritage High School, and did my student teaching at Whitman Elementary. I graduated from Adams State College (now Adams State University), with a Major in Elementary Education and Minors in Music and General Science. I came to Littleton Academy in 2008 as the small group instructor for third grade reading and math. I then added teaching technology for Kindergarten through 4th grade for two years. This will be my eleventh year as a third grade homeroom teacher and I love it!

When I'm not enjoying my time with your children, I am busy with my two awesome sons! Trevor is a tenth grader at Heritage High School this year and Grayson is in fifth grade! As a family, we love going on road trips and camping as much as possible. We also spend a lot of time at the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We love golf and baseball, but nothing will shadow our love of the Broncos! We have a zoo in our house with 3 dogs (Mikko, Taylor, and Penny), 2 cats (Whiskers and Pretty Princess Picklepants), and a box turtle (Shell Shock). On my own, I love reading, watching movies, and being busy with my hands. Some of my favorite crafts are scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. 

Mrs. Graziano - homeroom teacher
   egraziano[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
Welcome back to another wonderful school year! I have been a third-grade teacher at Littleton Academy for ten years.  This is my fifteenth year teaching. Prior to LA, I taught in DPS. I am a mother of three beautiful children, Lynda, Giovanni, and Barbara.  All of my children have or still do attend LA.  I am a lifelong learner and strive to be a better teacher each year. I am a native of Colorado and grew up in the Littleton community. I am a graduate of Littleton High School and obtained my teaching degree at Metro University. I have a bachelor's in Behavioral Science with a minor in Elementary Education and  Child Psychology.  I have a passion for teaching reading, writing, and science.
I love the great outdoors and strive to be a part of nature whenever possible. I am an avid runner and am training for my first triathlon.  I love to cook and bring food into the classroom as a learning tool. I enjoy reading, writing poetry, and painting.  However, my true passion is teaching and being a mom!

Mrs. Hartzell - reading specialist
   lhartzell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
As a teacher and GT Facilitator, I look for each child’s strengths and build on them. Helping students set and achieve goals in both affective and academic areas is an important aspect of my job.  I will do my best to ensure that your child learns and practices new things each day, thinks deeply and ENJOYS reading, writing and problem solving.     
A little bit about me: I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and attended Auburn University.  After graduating from Auburn and spending a year in China, I moved to Denver. Since then I have always worked with children.  After working in the non-profit sector for a few years, I was chosen to participate in the Denver Teacher Project. That began my teaching career with Denver Public Schools. I hold a Professional Teaching License (K-6). Throughout my years as an educator, I have taught preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fourth and fifth grades.  This has led me to my current position as the Honors ELA (English Language Arts) Teacher and Gifted and Talented Facilitator.     
My husband, Erick, and I have 4 children who either attend LA or graduated from LA, and a neurotic yet lovable Yorkie named Timmy. Our family loves to be outside, play/watch a variety of sports, travel and enjoy delicious food together.
Your children are about to begin a year of taking chances, making mistakes, learning and growing as all around incredible young people. May the journey begin!

Ms. Anderson - math specialist
   ianderson[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

Mrs. Patel - teaching assistant
   apatel[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us