THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM

THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM

What to Expect at Abia Judd In: Third Grade


Reading

Our 3rd grade reading program consists of many components: We use a mixture of Whole Group, Small Group, and On Our Own reading. We use Lit. Studies, Literature Circles, Reading Street Basal, Scholastic News, Accelerated Reader, at home reading, and so forth. These components are all valuable tools to help us develop successful reading strategies, improve vocabulary, comprehension, and speed, and to help kids make deeper connections with the text.

Math

In 3rd grade, Arizona’s Career and College Readiness standards focus us on problem solving. This encourages kids to think—not just memorize algorithms. Students learn that there are many ways to solve the same problem. We use a lot of word problems to encourage and build students’ problem solving abilities. Students will also be working on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts throughout the school year.

Our 3rd Grade math units revolve around:

  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – place value, number relationships
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking – multiplication and division, patterns, multi-step problems, problem solving
  • Number and Operation: Fractions
  • Measurement and Data – time, volume, mass, represent and interpret data, geometric measurement (area and perimeter)
  • Geometry – Reason with shapes and their attributes

Humanities

1. The focus in 3rd grade is on:

  • Reasons for and the effects of exploration of North America
  • The Big Idea of Freedom in our Nation – from the Civil War era to current day immigration issues.
  • The development of cultures and civilizations (including Greece and Rome) and their contributions to our nation.

2. We will also develop our geography skills.

  • Use maps and globes to learn correct terms and vocabulary
  • Culminating Project – draw a map (with title, compass rose, map key with at least 5 symbols, and correct placement of symbols on the map)

Science

The focus in third grade is on:

  • The Inquiry Process — The students will be using scientific processes: questioning, planning and conducting investigations, using appropriate tools and techniques to gather data, thinking critically and logically about relationships between evidence and explanations, and communicating results. Students may use this knowledge to develop and design their own science projects for the school science fair.
  • The History of Science and the role science plays in the development of various cultures. Learning how science changes, based on investigations and contributions of others.
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives — Developing solutions to problems and understanding relationships. Culminating project: Invention Fair where students will develop a product, create a slogan, and present their products to others.
  • Life Science — Characteristics of organisms, plant and animal life cycles, relationships between organisms and their environment, and plant and animal adaptations
  • Physical Science — Energy: Sound and Light
  • Earth and Space Science — Earth’s layers, rocks, fossils, and Earth materials

Writing

Students will learn a variety of ways to organize their writing. They will be introduced to different types of organization tools (outlines, webbing, lists, 4-square, note cards…)

We will write often and use the five steps of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Editing and revision are important steps toward a final draft that incorporates fresh language and complex sentences.

Paragraphs by year’s end should be 5 to 8 sentences in length with a clear topic sentence in each one. Capitalization and end punctuation should be second nature by 3rd Grade.

The Five Steps of writing will complement the Six Traits of writing. The traits include ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization).

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