Nicole Larson

Third Grade

About Nicole

My name is Nicole Larson and this is my third year teaching at Nasha Shkola. I grew up in Burnsville, MN and still live in that suburb today. I lived in Duluth for 4 years where I attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for elementary and special education. My goal in third grade is to teach students all subjects but also teach them to be responsible and independent when it comes to their own learning. When I am not teaching I love to read, spend time with my dog, and travel. I lived and taught in Ireland for 6 months in the city of Galway and traveled to many different cities in Europe, spent time living in Colombia and traveling around South and Central America, and have volunteered teaching English on the island of Bali in Indonesia. I love sharing stories and books with students from around the world.

What I love about Nasha

  • Small class sizes, the ability to provide an individual approach to learning, and differentiated instruction
  • Opportunity to build academic and personal relationships with each student and family
  • The staff cares about one another
  • The community created in the classroom Different cultures coming together to learn and personally learning to speak Russian

Why I teach

“Great teachers recognize that what they do is simply who they are. They understand that teaching is an extension of who they were meant to be.” -Jeaninne Escallier Kato


University of Minnesota Duluth
B.A. Education

  • Minnesota Elementary Teaching License K-6
  • Minnesota Special Education (ABS) Teaching License K-12
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Emotional Behavior Disorder
    • Delayed Cognitive Development
    • Learning Disability
    • Other Health Disability
  • Educational Computing and Technology Certificate

What We Learn in 3rd Grade

Reading Comprehension and Response

  • Independently read and comprehend longer chapter books and nonfiction books at the third grade level.
  • Summarize main points of these fiction and nonfiction books.
  • Ask and pose plausible answers to how, why, and what-if questions in these texts.
  • Use a dictionary to answer questions regarding the meaning of words he/she doesn’t know.
  • Know how to use the table of contents and index to locate information.

Units and books we read as a class

  • Unit 1- Classic Tales
  • Unit 2- Rattenborough’s Guide to Animals
  • Unit 3- How Does Your Body Work?
  • Unit 4- Stories of Ancient Rome
  • Unit 5- Adventures in Light and Sound
  • Unit 6- What’s in Our Universe
  • Unit 7- Gods, Giants, and Dwarves
  • Unit 8- Native American Stories
  • Unit 9- The Age of Exploration
  • Unit 10- Living in Colonial America
  • Unit 11- Introduction to Ecology


  • Adventures of Isabel (Ogden Nash)
  • The Bee (Isaac Watts)
  • By Myself (Eloise Greenfield)
  • Catch a Little Rhyme (Eve Merriam)
  • The Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)
  • Dream Variations (Langston Hughes)
  • Eletelephony (Laura Richards)
  • Father William (Lewis Carroll)
  • First Thanksgiving of All (Nancy Byrd Turner)
  • For want of a nail, the shoe was lost…
  • Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (Shel Silverstein)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (Nikki Giovanni)
  • Trees (Sergeant Joyce Kilmer)

Spelling and Grammar

  • Use capital letters correctly
  • Understand what a complete sentence is and identify subject and predicate
  • Identify and use different types of sentence
    • Declarative (makes a statement)
    • interrogative (asks a question)
    • imperative (gives a command)
    • exclamatory (excitement)
  • Know the following parts of speech and how they are used:
    • nouns, pronouns, abstract vs concrete nouns, common nouns vs proper nouns, possessive nouns
    • adjectives
    • adverbs, comparative and superlative adverbs
    • Prefixes:
      • re meaning “again”
      • un meaning “not” or “opposite of”
      • dis meaning “not” or “opposite of”
      • mis
      • pro
      • anti
      • over
      • mid
      • under
    • Suffixes:
      • er and or meaning “a person who”
      • ist and ian meaning “a person skilled in”
      • ing
      • less
      • ful
    • Homophones:
      • their, there, they’re
      • your, you’re
      • its, it’s
      • here, hear
      • to, too, two

Sayings and Phrases

  • 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.
  • Touch and go
  • When in Rome do as the Romans do.
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day

Literary Terms

  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Fiction and nonfiction
  • Know how to organize a paragraph and understand…
    • how to use a topic sentence
    • how to develop a paragraph with examples and details
    • that each new paragraph in indented
  • Produce writing with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Know how to gather information and put in their own words.
  • Know how to use the writing process (organize thoughts, draft, revise, edit, and publish)

Writing Units

  • Unit 1- Sentences
  • Unit 2- Writing instructions
  • Unit 3- Nounes
  • Unit 4- Writing a friendly letter
  • Unit 5- Action Verbs
  • Unit 6- Writing a Persuasive Letter
  • Unit 7- Study and Reference Skills
  • Unit 8- Writing a Story
  • Unit 9- Pronouns
  • Unit 10- Writing a Book Report
  • Unit 11- More Verbs
  • Unit 12- Writing a Sound Poem
  • Unit 13- Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Unit 14- Writing a research Report
  • Unit 15- Sentences
  • Unit 16- Writing a Compare-Contrast Essay
  • Unit 1- World Rivers
  • Unit 2- Ancient Rome
  • Unit 3- The Vikings
  • Unit 4- The Earliest Americans
  • Unit 5- Exploration of North America
  • Unit 6- The Thirteen Colonies
  • Unit 1- Classification of Animals
  • Unit 2- The Human Body
  • Unit 3- Light and Sound
  • Unit 4- The Solar System
  • Unit 5- Introduction to Ecology

Unit 1- Numbers to 10,000

  • Thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones
  • Place value
  • Comparing and ordering 4 digit numbers
  • Number patterns
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand

Unit 2- Addition and Subtraction

  • Mental math strategies for addition
  • Mental math strategies for subtraction
  • Understanding sum and difference
  • Part-whole models
  • Comparison models
  • Greater than and less than
  • Estimation
  • Word problems
  • Adding ones, tens, and hundreds
  • Subtracting from a whole thousand

Unit 3- Multiplication and Division

  • Multiplication facts 0-5 (review)
  • Words problems
  • Multiplying by tens, and hundreds
  • Multiplying by a 2, 3, and 4 digit number
  • Quotient and remainder
  • Dividing hundreds, tens and ones

Unit 4- Multiplication Tables of 6,7,8,9 

  • Multiplying and dividing by 6,7,8,9
  • Dividing a 2,3, or 4 digit number by 6,7,8,9
  • Division estimation

Unit 5- Data Analysis

  • Constructing bar graphs and tables
  • Interpreting data
  • Collecting and presenting data
  • Probability

 Unit 6- Length

  • Meters and Centimeters
  • Kilometers
  • Yards, Feet, Inches
  • Miles

Unit 7- Weight

  • Kilograms and Grams
  • Words Problems
  • Pounds and Ounces

Unit 8- Capacity

  • Liters and Milliliters
  • Gallons, Quarts, Pints, Cups

Unit 9- Money

  • Dollars and Cents
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division

Unit 10- Fractions

  • Fractions of a Whole
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Adding Fractions
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Fractions of a Set
  • Fractions of Money

Unit 11- Time

  • Hours and Minutes
  • Elapsed Time
  • Other Units of Time

Unit 12- Geometry

  • Angles
  • Right Angels
  • Quadrilaterals and Triangles
  • Solid Figures (3D)

Unit 13- Area, Perimeter, and Volume

  • Area
  • Perimeter
  • Volume
  • Your Amazing Body
    • Bones, muscles, and nerves
    • Breathing and digestion
    • Growing at different rates
    • Taking care of your body
  • Taking Care of Yourself
    • Your skin
    • Your teeth and gums
    • Your eyes, ears, and nose
    • Health care products
    • Advertising
  • Food for a healthy body
    • Why your body needs food
    • The food pyramid
    • Healthful foods
    • Being a wise shopper
    • Handling food safely
  • Activities for a Healthy Body
    • Keeping your body fit
    • Staying safe while exercising
    • Rest and sleep for health
  • Keeping Safe
    • Being responsible for your safety
    • Safety around others
    • Safety on wheels
    • Safety around fires
    • Home safety
    • Disaster safety
  • Preventing Disease
    • Learning about diseases
    • Fighting disease
    • Diseases you can catch vs ones you can’t
    • Staying Healthy


  • Observe how artists use light and shadow (to focus our attention, affect our emotions, etc.) in James Chapin, Ruby Green Singing Jan Vermeer, Milkmaid

Space in artworks

  • Understand the following terms: two-dimensional (height, width) and three-dimensional (height, width, depth)
  • Observe relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes: square to cube, triangle to pyramid, circle to sphere and cylinder
  • Observe how artists can make two-dimensional look three-dimensional by creating an illusion of depth, and examine the foreground, middle ground, and background in paintings, including Jean Millet, The Gleaners Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Wedding

Design: how the elements of art work together

  • Become familiar with how these terms are used in discussing works of art: Figure and ground Pattern Balance and symmetry
  • Examine design—how the elements of art work together—in Rosa Bonheur, The Horse Fair Mary Cassatt, The Bath Early American quilts Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom Henri Matisse, cut-outs: Icarus Edvard Munch, The Scream Horace Pippin, Victorian Interior Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach

3rd Grade Class Calendar

Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

Contact Us

School Info

Nasha Shkola
6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
Fax: 763-424-8520

School Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm