Language Arts (ELA)
- In third grade, students continue to develop strategies to effectively use language. Through the presentation of reports and journal writing, they learn to write and speak for a specific purpose.
- Students learn to become strategic readers by identifying the elements of a story. They read expository material for specific information.
- Study skills include note taking, the use of reference materials, interpreting graphs and diagrams, and test-taking skills.
- Vocabulary development continues to include the refinement of phonetic and decoding skills.
- Word analysis strategies include: homonyms, antonyms, synonyms, analogies, multiple meaning and compound words. Students expand their vocabulary by learning strategies for identifying unfamiliar words.
- Reading comprehension skills taught include:
- understanding fiction and nonfiction reading selections, identifying main ideas, sequencing events, recalling details, making predictions, drawing inferences, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships.
- Third graders continue to learn and practice the steps of the writing process. Peer conferencing is introduced as another revision technique. Proper grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing are taught to enable students to proofread and communicate more effectively
- Third graders focus on fact families in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- They continue developing strategies for multi-digit addition and subtraction problems.
- Learning multiplication/division facts through the 10s is a goal this year.
- Other third-grade skills include understanding large numbers in addition to working with small numbers using equivalent fractions.
- Identifying fractions parts and whole, equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line
- Geometry, identifying attributes of quadrilaterals, determining area and perimeter of figures and rectilinear figures
- They continue the study of geometry, calculator skills, telling time, and geometry.
- Practical application of measurement skills includes linear, weight, and capacity with customary and metric units
- The Human Body students will observe and study the human skeletal and muscle systems. They will use photographs, diagrams, and even artificial bones to gather information.
- Students also study the Solar System and the relationship between the sun, moon, and Earth. This unit is supplemented with literature that further explains the place of our solar system within the universe.
- Students will identify the properties of matter and its different states
- Students will gather information on the properties of soils, plants, and seeds
- Students will be provided hands on experiences to investigate and draw conclusions about science units
- Students will understand the importance of being a citizen and identify the contributions of selected individuals in the local community
- Students will recognize that Americans are comprised of people who have diverse ethnic origins and traditions who all contribute to American life. By looking at communities from a geographic perspective, students become aware of some of the cultural, political, geographic, historic, environmental and economic factors that help bind communities together through both time and space.