Third Grade Curriculum

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READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

Our  ELA (Reading/Language Arts Curriculum) is based on Trophies by Harcourt, supplemented with trade books and integrated with Social Studies and Science textbook chapters.

PHONICS

Students will be working in Fundations Level 3 this year. This is a structured language program teaching both Phonics and Spelling. You can read more about it at:
http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/programs/fundations/


HANDWRITING


We begin third grade using manuscript, but move into learning cursive by October. We will learn all upper and lowercase letters. By January, we begin to do some work in cursive, and write exclusively in cursive by the end of third grade.


WRITING

We are following the John Collins model for teaching and encouraging writing throughout the year. We focus on:

                                          Narrative Writing
                                          Opinion/Persuasive Writing
                                          Informative Writing

MATH

We are using Everyday Math. Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through Grade 6 mathematics program engineered for the Common Core State Standards.

Developed by The University of Chicago, School Mathematics Project, the Everyday Mathematics spiral curriculum continually reinforces abstract math concepts through concrete real-world applications.

Topics covered are:

Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Equations
Fractions
Measurement
Data
Perimeter and Area
Geometry


Students should practice basic facts regularly at home, especially addition and subtraction. They should know the basic facts through 20. We do not work on learning these during class time, as the focus this year is on using them for greater addition and subtraction problems, with and without regrouping, and then moving into multiplication and division. Students should have these basic facts mastered by using quick recall, rather than relying on finger counting, number lines, etc. We have math homework four days a week to review and reinforce concepts introduced in school.

SCIENCE


In Science, we are using the STEM curriculum. Topics of study include Science of Flight and Forces and Interactions. These lessons are hands on, utilizing an iPad and materials we supply. The students learn about plants, life cycles of living things, the human body, etc. also in their textbook. We will also integrate Science Chapter lessons with our Reading/ELA curriculum.


SOCIAL STUDIES


Through our Social Studies textbook, the students learn about such topics as Rural, Urban, and Suburban Communities; Pilgrims; Pioneers; and Washington,D.C. They learn how to read and use a map, know the names of the 50 states and abbreviations, the seven continents and four oceans, and major landforms. We also learn where in the world Forest City, PA is in a booklet created especially for the third grade. We supplement the curriculum with Scholastic News Magazines to learn about current topics and practice informational reading. 

We will also integrate Science Chapter lessons with our Reading/ELA curriculum.



                       

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                                                                        ~~ President Barack Obama

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