Teachers of third grade students further cultivate the creativity of this developmental stage.
The reading program incorporates the study of phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, language and literature to enable opportunities for critical thinking and creative expression. An understanding of literature is achieved through a study of various genres such as folk tales, biographies, fiction and nonfiction. Interpretation of literature is assessed through group discussion of character traits and story elements. An appreciation of literature is developed as each student evaluates the works read.
The language arts program is based on a foundation of grammatical concepts and correlates the study of grammar and writing skills. The focus of study is to develop correct usage of parts of speech for the purpose of improving oral communication and composition skills. Organization, clarity of meaning and sentence structure are foundational focal points. Organization is taught through a variety of prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, outlines and graphic organizers. Knowledge of grammar is applied through creative and formal writing opportunities in each subject area. Formal writing instruction will occur daily to allow for each student to find his or her voice as a writer.
The third grade mathematics focuses on mastery of subtraction and multiplication skills as well as application of knowledge through problem solving opportunities. A hands-on, spiral curriculum challenges each student to investigate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, place value, metric system, decimals, fractions, measurement and geometry. These skills are explored through an approach that emphasizes real-world problems to incorporate and exercise critical thinking skills. Manipulatives and the use of technology engage students in the learning.
This curriculum includes a historical and geographical study of the United States. The units explore community, national landmarks, famous Americans and geography of this country. The relationship of past history and present lifestyles is an integral goal of the curriculum. Units of study are discovered through discussions, special projects, writing assignments, and outside field trips, and trade books.
The third grade science course explores units on living things, the universe, earth systems and physical science. All concepts are taught through a discovery method that includes opportunities for group discussions, cooperative learning, individual projects, hands-on experiments, and critical thinking. Lab activities are designed to foster each young scientist’s sense of curiosity and to encourage refinement of cognitive skills needed to utilize the information and experiences in the world around him/her.
Third graders begin to develop basic movement skills into game patterns. The students will learn and practice modified games, physical fitness, rhythmic activities and spatial awareness. Focus is on providing a safe learning environment while developing social skills and an awareness of fair play.
The focus of Spanish in the third grade is on reviewing and developing vocabulary in a wide variety of areas such as transportation, food, professions, weather, seasons, days of the week and months. Each student learns to incorporate the vocabulary into sentences. Reading Spanish children’s magazines further extends vocabulary. Age-appropriate activities and games provide variety in the overall goal of developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
The third grade music curriculum develops sequentially from that of the second grade. In addition, terminology for dynamic graduations as well as those for tempo are learned and practiced. The entire solfiege scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do) is utilized and students learn to sing in cannon. Emphasis is given to recognizing the structure and form of simple verse-refrain songs. Notation, pitch, rhythm and music appreciation are vital components of the curriculum.
The goal of third grade art is to continue to develop fine motor skills as well as nurture creative expression. A variety of media is used in projects such as stitchery, paper folding, quilling, drawing, painting, kite making and weaving.
The third grade media class is designed to encourage a love of books and reading. A variety of age-appropriate activities and lessons are planned to facilitate this goal. Beginning research skills are incorporated throughout the year’s lessons.
Preschool through 4th grade Christian Education is a Bible-based curriculum that focuses on familiarizing students with stories and characters in the Bible. Through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, students work to understand how scripture informs the faith of Christians, helps them make ethical decisions, and guides their behavior in daily life.