Third grade is a milestone year in a student’s life. Students go from being led during work to working completely independently. It is amazing to witness the academic and social growth in a third grader during their journey from the beginning of the year to the end.
In third grade, we cover English and Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students have the opportunity throughout the week to participate with other teachers and staff in Art, Guidance, Computer, Library, and Physical Education activities.
Reading – Students learn how to find details that lead to a deeper understanding of what they read. Reading each day for at least 20 minutes each day is essential for student reading growth.
Language Arts – Students learn spelling patterns as well as the parts of speech and how they are applied to writing. By the end of the year, students will be able to write a multi-paragraph essay in response to a reading selection.
Math – Students are expected to learn and master their multiplication and division facts up to 10. This is a very important skill that is stressed throughout rigorous activities and testing. Students are also introduced to many skills that require the manipulation of those facts such as area and perimeter as well as fractions and their equivalents. Practicing these facts at home is very important for fact mastery. These are skills that are greatly used in years to come.
Social Studies – The main focus in social studies for 3rd grade is world geography and the different cultures that make up our vast lands. Students will explore the continent and the countries and cultures of each.
Science – In Science, we explore plant and animal life cycles as well as their environments. We will have an animal habitat project to research and complete around Thanksgiving. We also explore the Earth and its materials as well as all of the planets of the solar system. We learn about the types of weather and how clouds can predict the type of weather for that day. The last thing that we learn about is forces in nature. That includes heat, sound, magnets, and motion.