Grade Three Curriculum Overview
Students engage in daily journal and creative writing, and continue to develop their cursive writing abilities. They continue to strengthen their phonetic skills, and learn consonant blends and vowel patterns. At this grade level, readers strengthen their fluency and implement reading strategies for further comprehension. Students practice relating the literature they read to real life experiences. Teachers also continue to focus on penmanship and cursive writing skills, correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
Students build upon basic multiplication facts to become proficient in multiplying larger numbers. Students also refine their estimation skills for computations, and investigate the relationships between and among points, lines, segments and rays. Students build upon concepts introduced in previous years and learn to recognize place value through the hundred thousand, create and interpret bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, and circle graphs, multiply and divide multi-digit numbers, and understand and use customary units of measurement. Third graders also learn about fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions. The concepts taught with fractions are developed further through exploration of the relationship between fractions and decimals. Students also learn to recognize place value through the hundred thousands, and to create and interpret bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, and circle graphs. The students also build skills in math using the ALEKS online learning program.
Students continue to use the hybrid science curriculum as they delve further into science content. Students study organisms and their habitats, Earth’s patterns, contents of matter, and energy, including force and motion. They utilize the skills they acquire in the lab in order to plan and create science fair projects. All students complete science fair projects and participate in the school-wide science fair. In addition to science class and mini lab experiments in class, students visit the science lab a minimum of twice per month. Students participate in whole group exercises as well as individual or pair and share exploratory learning during science activities.
We Are Connected
Students learn about their community and its local role in shaping the nation. They also learn about how the needs and the wants of people are met. Students cover the branches and levels of the government, good citizenship, individual rights, and how life has changed throughout the history of our nation. The Pearson curriculum integrates reading skills and writing skills into the social studies curriculum. Students are also able to utilize the 21st Century Learning Online Tutor to practice reading, graphing, mapping, and critical thinking skills.
Using knowledge of the elements of design and the Color Wheel, students create compositions with monochromatic, complementary, and a triadic color schemes. Portraits, landscapes, and still lifes are addressed and imitated.
Students demonstrate proficiency at keyboarding. Different software programs are used to enhance learning in language arts, math, social studies, and geography. They learn to create a one- to two-page document using a word processing program, learn to use publishing programs, demonstrate a basic understanding of computer vocabulary, understand how to send and retrieve e-mail, and use the Internet to access information for research.
Students can also recognize that information may be available in a variety of formats and are able to name and use sources of information. At the end of their third grade year, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a wide variety of basic tasks using technology, including saving, editing, printing, viewing, and graphing and presenting information.
Students sing in a clear tone, develop a repertoire of familiar songs, and sing within the range of an octave. The students learn to notate and perform melody and rhythm patterns from the treble staff using traditional notation, and recognize that music is divided into measures. Students respond to music with movement by performing dances, games, dramatizing songs, stories, and poems, and learn to employ creativity in a variety of music experiences. Students learn to recognize music symbols within a composition, use music terminology to explain their functions, and identify the four orchestral families by sight and sound. They also explore the music of world cultures, and participate in various performances throughout the year, including our end-of-the-year musical. In third grade, students collaborate with others to create a short musical presentation.
Students demonstrate motor and non-motor movement, as well as balance. Through sports play, they learn to accept challenges and resolve conflicts, and should display sportsmanship in a variety of activities.
World Languages Program
Students develop and use real life conversational skills. Students also learn about the culture through holiday traditions, art and stories. Students engage in writing and learn how to ask questions. They also learn how to explain their likes and dislikes. Language teachers engage their students in singing songs that develop a child’s musical talent and ear for correct pronunciation and intonation. Three times a year, students participate in special performances for their parents during the Winter Program, Mother’s Day program, and an end-of-the-year program.