We are delighted that your child will be a part of our third grade team this year! Third grade is a year of reading mastery. Kids are expected to read different types of fiction and nonfiction. The big difference for third graders is the expectation that, when tackling fiction and nonfiction, your child should be reading text geared toward the high end of grade 3 independently, with expression and understanding-and without much help from adults. We look forward to an exciting, challenging, and fun filled year with your child.
To learn more about our new 3rd Grade ELA curriculum, view the video HERE.
Big Ideas in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies:
In 3rd Grade Reading - We focus on the following Big Ideas in literacy; using evidence from the text to support student thinking, looking at the most important points and details in a nonfiction text, and drawing conclusions and conferring.
In 3rd Grade Math – We focus on the following Big Ideas in math; developing understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies, develop understanding of fractions, including unit fractions (fractions with a numerator of 1), developing understanding of arrays, including area, describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes, and students need to be able to read, understand, and solve both single and multi-step word problems.
In 3rd Grade Science – We focus on the following units; Human Body Systems, Objects in the Sky, Changes, Plants and Soil.
In 3rd Grade Social Studies – We focus on the following units; Geography (Environmental Literacy and Culture), Economics, History and Colonial America, and Civics and Government.
Third graders will be participating in three field trips: one at school and two off campus. We travel to the Museum of Natural Sciences in the fall, and to the Morehead Planetarium in the Spring. Viewing constellations on an IMAX screen are amazing! In the winter we have scientists come to the classroom and do experiments with our students, and they get to take home what they make!
As part of the county-wide iniative, students will also be learning how to be productive citizens through communicating, collaborating, thinking critically and showing creativity!