English and Language Arts
The students in the third grade expand their knowledge of phonics and reading fluency. The students are taught additional strategies for reading comprehension. In units including fairy tales and fables, students choose “just right” books for independent reading and are taught in small groups. Story elements including setting, plot and characters are reviewed and independent reading time is increased. Students respond to literature in their journals. responses to the text using writing prompts, two column). Handwriting, spelling and word-processing skills are reinforced, practiced and applied. Continued work is done in the area of grammar with an introduction to nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs. Written expression of ideas in a more complete and sophisticated manner is expected and utilized. Students are involved in writing paragraphs, simple reports and letters throughout the school year.
History & Social Studies
Students in the third grade learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which local, regional and national government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society, providing common memories. Emphasis is also on the physical and cultural landscape of California, including the introduction to the study of Native Americans, the arrival of immigrants and the impact they have both had in forming the character of our contemporary society. Basic map skills are taught taking into consideration California regions, land vs. water and climate. An introduction to Rules and Laws and what it means to be a citizen is provided and there is a discussion of the economy of our region specifically and the kinds of resources we have and use. Basic map skills are taught. Students will be going on field trips to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom.
In third grade math students will be using California Go Math which is a Common Core based textbook. The skills we will be working on this year are: place value to 10,000; round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100; fluently add and subtract within 1000; multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range of 10-90; fluently add and subtract math facts within 20; fluently multiply and divide math facts within 100; solve two-step word problems using the four operations; concept of fractions; understand a fractions as a number on the number line; comparing fractions and equivalent fractions; area, perimeter, measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units; draw a scaled picture graph and bar graph; and tell time to the nearest minute. Students will also be using their I pads for review and also challenging students on their math facts.
The focus of the third grade religion curriculum is the Church. Students gain an understanding what the function of the Church is and what are the beliefs of the Catholic Church. They are introduced to the sacraments of Confirmation, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick and Matrimony. They gain familiarity with locating Bible passages, the Ten Commandments, works of Mercy and Jesus’ Law of love. Within Family Life, students will learn about how human Families are different from other kinds of families, and understand God ‘s plan for us as we grow in family life. Students will discover the attitudes that are important in family life, and identify the ways that our families celebrate being family. Student will also explore God’s gift of feelings, discover how to act on our feelings, and how to listen to our feelings. Students will learn to appreciate God’s gift of life and to recognize living things as signs of his love all around us.
Third grade Science is broken up into 3 basic categories. In Physical and how do they change? In Life Science we study Living in Different Environments and Living Science we study Energy, Light and Matter answering the questions, how does energy move and change form? What are some properties of light? What are objects made of Things in a world of change. We will explore the ways living things survive in their environment and how change affects the survival of living things. Within Earth Sciences we explore Objects in Space and Patterns in the Sky. We will explore what can be observed in the nighttime sky and how objects in the sky move in patterns. Students will also be having Foss Science once a week. Foss Science is a hands on science program.
Foreign Language - Spanish
Spanish class begins with greetings, prayers, and today’s weather and date. Through music, games, and conversation, students review colors, alphabet, numbers, months of the year, days of the week, and body parts as warm up. Students learn new vocabulary weekly and perform oral and written activities using a workbook. Students begin to focus on spelling, developing sentences, and carrying on conversations. Assessment is based on weekly vocabulary quizzes, daily class work, and participation in class.
Reading and Phonics
We will be using a program called Reading Workshop this year. Reading workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension. The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate ad meet the needs of all their students. Students will also be taking part in a leveled reading program and exploring some chapter books together. In Phonics, we will be working on building a foundation to reading and writing is key! Fundations provides teachers with a program that incorporates these important principles: Fundations provide and integrate systematic word study and word work. Every lesson naturally builds upon student knowledge; and past concepts are reviewed and integrated within the learning activities. Fundations lessons provide students with multiple opportunities to meaningfully practice concepts, skills and strategies. Teachers provide both guidance and immediate feedback during practice so that the students correct responses are reinforced. The purpose of instruction is learning both reading and writing for meaning, understanding and joy. The purpose of Fundations is to provide a truly strong and secure foundation for that reading success, and FUN! In third grade students will be reading three novels, Third Grade Angels, Stone Fox, and Charlottes Web.
Handwriting (Zaner Bloser)
In this program students will use repeated practice of each letter taught. Practice is critical to learning any motor skill. Handwriting is, initially, a motor skill, repeated motor practice using correct letter formation is essential to achieving good handwriting. Zaner-Bloser’s four basic manuscript strokes-vertical, horizontal, circle, and slant lines- are easiest for students to learn because they simplify motor planning and visual-motor coordination. The curriculum’s emphasis a modeling, practice, and self-evaluation is validated.