The third grade language arts curriculum teaches students to read and write critically by exposing them to well-crafted literature and guiding them to express their own thoughts clearly in written form. Students read historical fiction as an extension of their study of pioneer life in social studies, natural disaster books that deepen their understanding of science instruction, and multi-cultural short stories collected by Junior Great Books. Reader’s Workshop guides students in the choice of books to read independently to strengthen fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students study the elements of good writing and practice extensively by writing memoirs, narrative tales, writing plays, science fiction, research papers, and responses to literature. By the end of the year they are expected to write complete sentences, write strong beginning and closing paragraphs, use correct punctuation, and express their ideas clearly.
Students continue working in the Everyday Mathematics program, where a variety of manipulatives and games are used to cultivate a rich understanding of number sense. This cyclical curriculum fosters problem solving skill and algorithm development. Curriculum goals include Operations and Algebraic Thinking (addition and subtraction automaticity and procedures, introducing multiplication and procedures of 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit whole numbers) Number and Operations in Base Ten (Place Value of whole numbers to perform multi-digit arithmetic) Number and Operations- Fractions (Develop understanding of fractions as numbers and decimal place value to the tenths) Measurement and Data (Telling time to the nearest minute, calculating elapsed time, measuring lengths to the nearest ½ inch, ¼ inch, 1/8 inch, centimeter, millimeter, & finding perimeter and area of polygons) Geometry(reason with shapes and attributes) Process and Reasoning (solving non-routine problems, justifying their solutions, and comparing solution strategies). Students use a combination of reading, analysis and application throughout the math program.
Each FOSS investigation follows a similar design to provide multiple exposures to science concepts. The design includes these pedagogies: active investigation, including outdoor experiences, recording in science notebooks to answer focus questions, reading in FOSS Science Resources, and the use of assessment to monitor progress and motivate student reflection on learning.
Each unit of study ends with a culminating “museum” in which the students design and curate exhibits to showcase their learning. The units of study are Water and Climate, Structures of Life, and Motion and Matter.
Third grade social studies focuses on different regions of our country, highlighting the people, history, products and land of each. We read first-hand accounts of the life and times of the people we study. Students complete research projects, independent projects, and use technology in their studies. We also learn map skills and discover how our country fits in with the rest of the world.
In third grade Spanish, students continue to build their skills to read, write, and speak simple sentences while responding orally to phrases and questions in the target language. At this level, students are beginning to describe themselves and things with appropriate detail. Through answering warm-up questions, listening to stories, playing games, singing songs, responding to listening activities, following commands, completing written work, performing skits, and working on projects, students will interact with the instructor as well as each other by using the target language to communicate.