THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM

What to Expect at Abia Judd In: Third Grade


Art classReading

Our focus for third grade Reading is: Whole group and small group instruction.

Literature studies
The use of the Renaissance-Accelerated Reader program
We are using the Into Reading curriculum. Using this program, students will develop successful reading strategies that will help improve their vocabulary, reading comprehension, and will create a meaningful connection to a variety of texts.

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

Our focus for third grade Social Studies is:

Quarter 1: Arizona Geography
Early settlers
Maps and graphs
Regions of Arizona
Tribes
Migrants and immigration

Quarter 2: Arizona Civics
Consensus
Constitution
Democratic
Government
Vote
National government
State government
Tribal government

Quarter 3: Arizona History
Early settlers
Missionaries
Tribes
Colonization
Rights/ freedom

Quarter 4: Arizona Economics
5c’s of Arizona
Resources
Tourism
Goods / services

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.

he 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

Our focus for third grade Writing is:
Writing a multi-paragraph essay: By the end of third grade, students will be able to write a three-five paragraph essay using the following outline:
-Introduction: Hook and thesis statement (3-5 sentences)
-Body: One-three paragraphs that support the thesis statement. Each paragraph will have a “Main Idea” sentence with several supporting sentences (3-5 sentences EACH).
-Conclusion: Tie to the introduction and concluding statement (3-5 sentences)

Students will be introduced to the use of different types of graphic organizers to plan and organize their writing. Students will be expected to use correct capitalization and punctuation in ALL aspects of Writing.

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