Susana Yee 3rd Grade Teacher
(805) 969-7732 Ext. 319
When I first entered the Crane campus, I knew immediately that this was a special place to foster a love for learning for children and adults alike. I grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Santa Barbara. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and minored in Education and Applied Psychology. I continued at UC Santa Barbara and received my Masters in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Upon graduating, I moved to be closer to my family and taught second grade in the Palo Alto Unified School District for four years. Last year, I moved back to Santa Barbara and worked at Montecito Union School with the fifth grade classes. My husband, Nathan and I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. We enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and relaxing at the beach. As a teacher, I believe it is critical to provide engaging opportunities for every child to explore, discover, think critically, and connect their learning to world they live in. I am passionate about providing authentic learning experiences for all students. I have found that creating a safe and supportive classroom community provides an optimal learning environment for students to value and respect one another’s ideas. As I continue to reflect and learn from my own teaching, I develop more and more each day into the teacher that our communities require and that our children deserve.
Anne Perkins 3rd Grade Asst. Teacher
(805) 969-7732 Ext.321
Anne Perkins came to Crane School in 1980 as a parent with the first of her three children to go through 9 years of Crane, and was a founder of Parents for Crane. In early 1993 she joined the faculty in First Grade, and switched to Third Grade in 2004. She came to Santa Barbara in 1970 upon marrying a local cattle rancher, after growing up in San Marino and attending Westridge School, Smith College, and USC.
The ocean environment is her passion, fostered by 21 years of the Eighth Grade trip to Baja, along with a lifelong love of the high country in the Sierra Nevada, where she works in the summer in the Golden Trout Wilderness. For the past 5 years she has frequently been involved in projects to help rebuild homes in New Orleans flooded by the failure of the levees after Hurricane Katrina. She and her husband run a large and joyous household full of friends and family, which now often includes their two spunky little grandsons Cole and Elliott.
Third Grade is a transitional year for children, a year where expectations are higher and the need to work independently increases. We stress organization, responsibility, independence, and following directions, both oral and written. Mistakes may be made, and that is all right. These are all skills the students are developmentally ready for. The third grade is a challenging time for students both socially and academically. It is during this year that they begin to develop their own learning style and demonstrate responsibility in their study habits and social interactions. We provide students with a setting which promotes a thirst for knowledge and education, and they participate in the socialization process designed to instill self-worth and respect. Overview of the Third Grade
a literature-based program derived from novels, book reports and independent reading, supported by the Trophies Anthology program
Write on Track, creative writing, journaling, daily oral language, cursive penmanship
Working in Words spelling program. A pre-assessment dictation and Friday test will be given on a weekly basis. Practice activities will be done primarily at home for homework.
Everyday Mathematics program. This is a comprehensive program that includes computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), fractions, geometry, measurement, money, patterning, place value, data collection, and probability.
Physical geography of the United States, Native Americans of the continental United States, Santa Barbara County History, Chumash Culture, sustainability within the ocean environment and basic marine biology.
Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary, Sedgwick Reserve, Arroyo Hondo Reserve, and the Chumash Interpretive Center. Other trips may be announced at a later date.
Channel Islands NPS for kids page
National Marine Sanctuaries Education webpage
The American Cetacean Society: Whale & Dolphin Conservation and Education current fact sheets on whales and dolphins, curriculum also available for teachers.
This recently updated site is AMAZING and has great information on ocean habitats along with many interactive projects. Marine Activities Resources and Education
Whale Sounds: listen to whale sounds and identify different species.
Smithsonian Ocean Planet Interdisciplinary Marine Science Activities
Pacific trash dump
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