Third Grade Curriculum

THE THIRD GRADE EXPERIENCE:

  • Awakens the student to the pleasures of learning
  • Promotes positive social interactions
  • Develops self-reliance and stamina
  • Fosters good study and work habits
  • Encourages the child achieve independent thinking
  • Cultivates increased ownership of responsibility
  • Provides security in learning
  • Supports individual development and learning style
  • Nurtures and develops the whole child

LITERATURE:

  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Black Beauty – Read by the Teacher
  • Poetry

READING

  • Class Book 3, Mae Carden
  • Native American Tribes: Comprehension Techniques
  •  Phonics using the Carden advanced vowel chart
  •  Reading fluency
  •  Comprehension development
  •   Acquisition and use of vocabulary
  • Locate information within text
  • Identify introductions, episodes, and conclusions
  • Author’s theme and purpose for writing
  • Reading Comprehension: in literature groups, science and social studies
  • Reading Comprehension, main idea and details, compare and contrast, fact or fiction, predicting, inference, context clues
  • Book Reports- four times per year

LANGUAGE ARTS:

  • Parts of Speech: noun (singular, plural, proper, pronoun, compound), verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, adverbial phrase, adjectival clause
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, semi colon, quotation mark, apostrophe, contractions
  • Sentence Patterns and Structure: who, doing, what, where, when, why, how.
  • Verb Conjugation: present and past, regular and irregular verbs, progressive form, present and past perfect using the past participle
  • Vocabulary: taken from all curriculum areas
  • Dictionary Marks and Syllabication
  • Synonym, Antonym, Homophone, Homograph
  • Simile and Metaphor
  • Reading Comprehension: in literature groups, science and social studies
  • Carden Vowel Chart for 3rd grade (phonics based)
  • Dictionary and Glossary Use
  • Cursive

WRITING:

  • Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays: topic and detail sentences, organizing writing
  • Writing Process: prewrite, first draft, revise, edit, publish
  • Trait Writing: ideas, organization, writers voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions (grammar)
  • Genre: descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, response to literature, creative and poetry, research

SPELLING and DICTATION:

  • Phonics Based Using Carden Vowel Chart and Spelling Rules
  • Study of Early Man and Constellations
  • Punctuation: period, capitals, question marks, exclamation point, commas
  • Sentence Analysis
  • Vocabulary building with keywords and titles
  • Multi-paragraph writing

MATHEMATICS:

  • Addition & Subtraction with Multiple Regrouping to 1,000’s
  • Place Value to 100,000: comparing and ordering numbers, rounding and estimating numbers
  • Multiplication Tables through 12
  • Multiplication with Regrouping and 2 Digit Multipliers
  • Commutative & Associative Properties of Addition & Multiplication
  • Division with Simple Remainders
  • Long Division with Single Digit Divisor
  • Statistics and Probability: pictographs, bar graphs, surveys, circle graphs, line plots, median and mean, comparing data, arrangements and combinations, events and outcomes, predictions
  • Measurement: customary units of length, capacity and weight; metric units of length, capacity and weight; temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Time: to the minute and elapsed time
  • Geometry: lines, line segment, rays, angles, perimeter, area, volume, polygons, circles, triangles, symmetry, transformations
  • Fractions: equivalent, comparing, ordering, parts of a set, mixed numbers, reducing to simplest form, adding and subtracting
  • Decimals: to hundredths, greater than and less than, compare and order decimals, multiply and divide decimals
  • Algebra Readiness: divisibility, expression and variables, order of operations, missing operations, factors, number sentences
  • Problem Solving Strategies: write a number sentence, choose the operation, find a pattern,use more than one step, use a graph, guess and test, logical reasoning, work backward, interpret a remainder, use a drawing or model, solve a simpler problem, make a table, draw a picture

SCIENCE:

  • Life Science: plants, animals, ecosystems, interactions between plants and animals
  • Earth Science: water, weather, rocks and soil, Earth’s layers, natural resources
  • Physical Science: matter’s properties and changes, forces and motion, energy, sound
  • Space and Technology: sky patterns, solar system, science in our lives

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Focus: Living in Communities
  • Looking Back to the Past; Native Americans, Jamestown, Missions
  • Building a Government; becoming a country, Washington DC, citizenship
  • Communities on the Move; Oregon Trail, immigration, transportation
  • Working Together; work and money, producing goods

GEOGRAPHY:

  • Map Skills: Landforms, Map Key & Symbols, Grid Maps, Map Scale, Hemispheres
  • United States
  • Continents and Oceans

FRENCH:

  • Students continue textbook from Grade 2, Alex et Zoe 2
  • The study of the country and culture of France is introduced
  • A yearlong project, “The ABC’s of French Culture”
  • The curriculum now includes how to form questions, to do the not form and comparatives.
  • They continue to add to their vocabulary (count 1-40, food, sports, musical instruments, likes and dislikes)
  • Students learn how to use the dictionary.

MANDARIN:

Textbooks and workbooks are from New Concept Chinese (book 2, Lesson 6) and Lang Lang Chinese (starter). The curriculum will use simplified Characters and Pinyin (Traditional character and Bo-Po-Mo also available according to the needs of the child).

  • Read and write up to 50 Chinese characters (direct Chinese character recognition)
  • Use Mandarin in daily conversation, such as greeting people, numbers (1-100), body parts, date and days, weather, seasons, colors
  • Complete daily exercise or homework
  • Enhance academic, cognitive and communication skills
  • Understand intercultural and global awareness
  • Enrichment activities such as Chinese cultural education, arts, chants, songs, stories, rhymes and role play will be incorporated.

ART:

Students will focus on form and figure. Exercises include a blind contour drawing and posed drawing. They will also be introduced to “real life”, still life as well as magazine and photograph images. Seasonal projects will reinforce these lessons. The students will learn the illusion of space: foreground, middle -ground, background.

MUSIC:

  • General Music
  • The study and performance of opera
  • Mozart’s love for the Opera
  • Xylophones
  • Music Appreciation
  • Sight singing
  • Theory
  • Harmony

TECHNOLOGY:

  • Continue to practice keyboarding skills
  • Learn new MS Office tools such as spreadsheets and presentation, while strengthening skills they have learned previously
  • Learn to use open-source paint soft ware
  • Be exposed to programming concepts in Scratch
  • Discuss and clarify how to look for relevant information and how to be safe when using the Internet

Third graders are issued iPads for use in the classroom. The classroom teacher will introduce learning apps, videos, presentations, interactive quizzes and documentation to enhance what is taught in the classroom. Teachers can also individualize teaching when necessary. Students will also use readily available tools such as the dictionary, calculator, camera and more.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

  • Manipulative Skills: learn to strike, throw, and kick a ball at a moving target; learn to catch a ball while traveling
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance: proper warm up and cool down exercises; climb a vertical pole or rope; perform curl-ups, push-ups, lunges, and tricep push-ups; how to lift and carry an object correctly; increase aerobic exercises
  • Rhythmic Skills: perform folk dance, line dance, and circle dance
  • Fundamentals of sports, game play, and knowledge of rules: soccer, basketball, kickball, hockey, dodgeball, football, volleyball, and badminton
  • Group Dynamics: demonstrate good sportsmanship and offer encouragement to others; practice teamwork; working in small groups to achieve one goal
  • Perform the Presidential Physical Fitness Test.

 

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