Third Grade is a place where children "step up to the plate" to meet the world. As students move through this pivotal year in their prep-school education, it is clear that are ready to take on future challenges and experiences!
During this year, students concentrate on building study habits and gaining greater independence. The daily planner is introduced to help students with organizing nightly homework as well as longer term projects.
Third graders love to share and tell stories which we highlight during our Responsive Classroom morning meeting. We encourage students to be attentive listeners and ask relevant questions of their peers. Growing independence is a developing trait in third graders. Helping to foster cooperation and collaboration, we provide students with opportunities to work independently and with small groups.
Third Graders move from learning to read to reading to learn; they read fiction and non-fiction texts which go hand in hand with our science and social studies curriculum. Topics include books about Native Americans, space explorers and Inventions.
- Children work in small groups at appropriate reading levels which are flexible throughout the year.
- D.E.A.R.(Drop Everything and Read) occurs several times a week and is a chance for students to read independently in a book of their choosing.
- Read-aloud is a time for students to be active listeners as we read books to them and engage their imagination.
Science is a natural progression from previous year. Students learn to use the scientific method and are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers. Science units are integrated into the language arts curriculum and reinforce research and writing skills. One of the culminating third grade experiences is to present their research papers and experiments at the science fair. The units of study include: Simple Machines, The Solar System, The Human Body, and Health.
Writing is a core academic piece for third grade. By the time children leave the third grade they are producing a well-organized paragraphs, which have an opening sentence, detail sentences and a closing sentence and produce the core elements of a research paper. This is a foundation that they will put into good use for years to come. Other important components of the writing program include weekly spelling lessons, vocabulary, writing in cursive, writing creatively in Writer’s Workshop and grammar.
Several formats are used in the mathematics program including whole class, small group, and individual instruction. Third graders develop their analytical mathematical thinking skills. One of the biggest differences is the use of the text book. New topics include: Reinforce 4 digit addition and subtraction; learning multiplication and division; fractions; geometry; and graphing.
Students have PE everyday in a co-ed class. Fitness, games and sportsmanship anchor their experience. The Goss Field House and fields are used, offering a wide variety of activities.
Technology is used to enhance our academic program including the use of SMARTBOARDS in the classroom, developing research skills and promoting creativity.
Third graders improve upon their Spanish speaking and listening skills through drills and activities in the language lab. Students also begin reading out-loud simple texts in class and writing simple sentences in Spanish.