The third grade is a year of transition out of the early primary grades and into upper elementary. Students practice responsibility for their own education. Third graders are given planners, which they use to map out their homework for the week and keep track of important dates and events. Third graders practice routines like book clubs, a reading group that meets weekly and analyzes literature. These routines are not only educational, but prepare them for the rigors of school work in the upper grades.
The third grade math curriculum is aligned with the common core standards. Students develop multiple strategies to understand and use common math concepts. Students will:
Learn and memorize multiplication facts
Use strategies to solve multiple step word problems
Work with geometric shapes to find perimeter and area
Explore fractions and equivalence
Reading: Students are assessed individually on fluency, accuracy, and comprehension using the Fontas and Pinnell system. They are then placed in literature groups based on that assessment, and together we analyze elements of literature. Students will:
Write down vocabulary, find definitions, and discuss the meaning within the reading selection
Share opinions on character, author’s purpose, predictions, plot, etc.
Help each other to find understanding of difficult passages
Writing: Students use graphic organizers to help structure their ideas. We then follow a writing process (rough draft/edit/final draft) to publish meaningful, legible sentences and paragraphs. Students will:
Write complete sentences and structured paragraphs
Complete multiple types of assignments (book report, research report, persuasive writing, etc)
The third grade utilizes California history and growth as a means to study many different social topics. We learn about geography, human use of resources and environment, Native Americans, community growth, government and citizenship, and economics. We make learning fun by completing many projects during the year that enhance our understanding of California and our place in it.
Students in third grade are introduced to science material with hands-on exploration activities. We explore physical science, life science, and earth science. Some topics include energy, matter, adaptations, habitat, the Sun, and the Moon.