Fluently reading aloud narrative and expository text and accurately describing the structural differences of various forms of literature are the two main goals for the third grade students as they continue reading and discussing literature as a class and in small groups. Teachers incorporate Writer's Workshop in order to build fluency and a love of writing. Students complete the writing process by collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing stories. They also practice writing in manuscript and cursive.
Place value and rounding to 10,000; whole number operations to 1,000; (x) and (–) to 12; (+) and (-) fractions and decimals; comparison, order, and simplification of fractions; (x) and (–) of money amounts; perimeter and area of polygons; intersecting and parallel lines and right angles; word problems using equation; Singapore Math bar models; and metric unit conversions
Third graders take a look at how scientists investigate and how models can be used. Students explore landforms, changes in Earth’s surface, erosion, natural resources, conservation, soil, plants, physical properties and states of matter, weather change and patterns, adaptation (structural/physical/behavioral), engineering and design, and the relationship between technology and society.
Students are guided in an exploration of the multicultural landscape of Los Angeles and significant landmarks as they learn about connections to the past and how the past has influenced the local community. In-depth study of the American Indian nations and of the structure of the U.S. Government lead to discussions about resources and basic economic principles.
This year features a number of three-dimensional modeling, building, and construction experiences, from imaginative cork “shelters” to Native American “claymation” scenes to a model “Box City.” Shelters, resources, architecture and engineering are important themes. Native American cultures and artifacts are further explored through detailed drawings and collage.
Practice creating work and collaborating with peers and teachers in the cloud is part of the technology program for third graders. As they study communities and the development of cities, digital citizenship becomes a focus. The students continue to adapt code for the web and create digital art to highlight curricular units. Their projects gain depth and detail as their ability to research and cite online sources grows.
Third graders enjoy reading for pleasure and are growing in their reading proficiency. More books are available to them as they receive an introduction to using the online catalog and locating books on the shelf. They continue developing research skills by delving deeper into skills acquired in previous grades.
Third grade is a transitional year. Students continue practicing cooperative games and dance. They begin learning the rules and fundamentals of the after school sports program: basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football.
Movement as part of the P. E. block ends after second grade, and the students continue to develop their skills in the after school dance program.
Third grade music includes more advanced keyboarding, African drumming, reading the entire C octave on song flutes, composing in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meter, learning the basic drumming techniques for Jumbie Pans (steel drums), and singing in the Campbell Hall Chorus. Sight reading is introduced as part of the fundamentals of music.
Third grade students expand their vocabulary to describe the classroom environment and calendar, learn about plurals, and begin forming sentences in Spanish. Students also perform four fairy tales entirely in Spanish.