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Third Grade

Becoming More Competent Scholars and Responsible Citizens

Third Grade students work year-round on what will ultimately be a personalized bound book of their own work at the end of third grade.  The collection includes well-developed creative writing, poetry, essays, reports, selected works from classmates, special memories, and photographs.  This becomes a special keepsake that highlights the important accomplishments and memories of Third Grade.

"Literature Circles" occur throughout the year, as well.  Students are assigned certain jobs while reading (such as discussion director), each responsible for "teaching" the other students in their circle, all the while helping to improve reading comprehension and writing skills, as well as promote responsibility and accountability.

Social studies and science become more important, as breadth of knowledge, higher level thinking about complex subject matter, and content comprehension are emphasized. Native American culture, the rain forest, and force are examples of challenging topics. An overnight at Indian Hills Camp is a highlight of several valuable field trips.  The students sleep in teepees, learn about the Kumeyaay and the use of natural resources and the land.  They play cooperative games of Native American origin, take a night hike, pound Yucca into rope, and enjoy legends told by a mountain man around the campfire.

Simultaneously with all of this, students attend PE & Spanish class daily, as well as art, music, drama, library and technology on a weekly basis. Following is a snapshot of the 3rd grade’s first quarter curriculum:

Reading: Class novel – Because of Winn-Dixie; dictionary skills & vocabulary

Language Arts: types of sentences; writing process; ending punctuation; complete sentences; subject/predicate; writing for fluency; journals; creative writing; paragraph writing; nouns (singular & plural; common & proper); commas; similes/metaphors

Mathematics: mental computation; multiples; even/odd #s; subtraction with re-grouping; graphing; addition review; time/elapsed time; making change; measurement; radius/diameter; fractions; multiplication; time zones; map scale; logic

Science: Roles of living things – food chain mobile; needs of living things

Social Studies: Communities – geography & map skills; reading graphs; compass skills

Spelling: spelling of long & short vowel sounds; cursive – lower case letters; manuscript maintenance

Click here for our 2018-2019 Academic Calendar!



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