In third grade, students come in reading at various levels ranging from emergent readers to fluent readers. The Reader’s Workshop model meets students where they are developmentally, by adding to their repertoire of reading skills, strategies, tools, and habits. Third grade places a large emphasis on writing instruction, given that writing affects a learner’s ability to succeed in every other subject. The Writer’s Workshop model provides explicit instruction and ample opportunity for students to practice opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing. Multicultural literature and an emphasis on inclusivity are cornerstones of the Language Arts curriculum.
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.
Social Studies instruction in third grade takes various forms, including class discussions, collaborative projects, and guided reading. Embedded in the curriculum is an emphasis on diversity and multicultural learning. Our investigations consist of: maps and globes, Native American tribes, United States Government, 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.