Third graders enter the year as eager students ready to grow and develop into independent thinkers and workers, who gain knowledge to successfully transition into fourth graders.
Third graders engage and collaborate on many cooperative-learning activities throughout the year with their peers. This enhances their critical thinking skills, problem solving, and promotes their social development. Our school wide anti-bullying curriculum ensures a positive school environment. Our students develop and demonstrate respect and support for people with differences.
In Language Arts, our Reading Street curriculum helps introduce the students to a variety of genres that help develop an interest in reading. The genres include expository text, fantasies, dramas, and poetry. In third grade we have an increased emphasis on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies, text analysis, language conventions and writing. They learn to refer to information in the text when asking and answering questions about texts they have read. Reading groups and book clubs help to strengthen fluency, expression, and comprehension.
Students are encouraged to think outside the box as we work our way through various math units. Students become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understandings, and become mathematical problem solvers. Students are introduced to a variety of strategies to help them learn their multiplication and division facts. Third grade students strengthen their understanding for time by solving problems that involve elapsed time. The students learn fractions, two-digit multiplication, and long division to help them prepare for fourth grade.
Through exploration of their local community, students have an opportunity to make contact with times past and with the people whose activities have left their mark on the land. Students focus on developing and understanding citizenship, civic engagement, the basic structure of government, and the lives of famous national and local Americans who took risks to secure freedoms.
Third graders have a natural curiosity about the world and how it works. Students become more familiar with the patterns and movements of the Sun, Moon, and stars. They extend their knowledge of ecology by learning about different environments such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands, and the types of animals adapted to live in each.