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aboutme.jpgMy name is Brian Takara and I have taught in LAUSD for 18 years, the last 15 have been here at Sunland Elementary.  Before coming to Sunland I taught at 112th St. School in Watts.  I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades but I enjoy teaching 3rd graders the most because 3rd grade is awesome!  In my classroom I am always looking for new ways to bring more technology into the class for my students to better prepare them for college.

Three years ago Class Dojo replaced a color clip chart in my classroom and the results have been overwhelmingly positive! I have had parents tell me that their child used to dislike school, and now ...more

Prodigy is a free math game that helps students practice multiplication facts and other math skills in a fun and highly engaging way!

California State Testing is coming soon!


To help your child get ready for the SBAC, visit http://www.caaspp.org


  1. Click on Practice & Training Tests
  2. Then click on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests
  3. Sign in as a Guest, (Leave all the options as GUEST)
  4. Select 3rd grade, then pick either a Math Practice Test, or English Language Arts ELA Practice Test

Mr. Takara's 3rd Grade Class

What's going on in Room 26?

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Classroom Tour

Room 26's Play Leaders

Once some very dedicated students from our class step up into a leadership role and serve as Play Leaders for the Kindergarten students. Our Play Leaders leave class early to eat and then as soon as the Kindergartners hit the cafeteria line our Play Leaders are busy at work!  In the cafeteria area our Play Leaders are helping the Kindergartners get their lunches, helping them open milk cartons and bags, and assisting with the cleaning up of spills. The Play Leaders then walk the Kindergartners to the Kindergarten playground and through playing games, they help teach and reinforce important skills such as sharing, teamwork, and kindness with the Kindergarten students.  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who are Play Leaders are some of the most outstanding Sunland School citizens.  It's no wonder that Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade students can't wait to reach the upper grades so that they too, can become Play Leaders!

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

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  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw


7 Habits of Happy Kids