Third Grade Overview
Third Grade Curriculum Overview
Reading Comprehension: The core resource for comprehension instruction is the Making Meaning program. This program uses literature and informational text from texts read-aloud to teach students nine different comprehension strategies while also creating a supportive community of readers. In the classroom students receive direct instruction through teacher modeling, time to practice, an opportunity to share and, most critically, an opportunity to apply at their level what was learned.
- The Reading Life: Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
- Visualizing Narrative Fiction and Nonfiction
- Making Inferences in Fiction
- Questioning and Navigating Narrative Text for Deeper Understanding
- Expository: How to use questioning and text features to deepen understanding of expository text
- Determining Importance
- Book Clubs
- Revisiting the Reading life
Writing: Written language instruction is based on Being a Writer. This core program uses trade books for genre immersion and author studies that encourage young writers to consider author’s craft. It also integrates writing instruction with regular community-building elements and guided partner work to develop in students a sense of autonomy, belonging, and competence. Being a Writer combines the use of explicit strategy instruction with student empowerment, cooperative learning and reflection to create a writer’s workshop that is engaging and powerful for the learner.
Units of study in Third Grade include:
- The Writing Community
- The Writing Process
- Personal Narrative
- Functional Writing
- Writing for a Test
- Revisiting the Writing Community
Guided Reading and Small Group Instruction: Regular guided reading and other small group instruction allows students to practice and apply what they are learning in language arts. The purpose of guided reading is for students to have time to read and apply strategies and skills that were demonstrated by the teacher during read aloud and shared reading instruction.
Handwriting: Cursive writing is reinforced in grade 3 using the Zaner Bloser Handwriting program.
3 Grade Mathematics will be guided by the following course objectives:
- Count, compare and order numbers to 10,000
- Use a variety of strategies, including estimation, to add and subtract numbers to 10,000 with and without regrouping
- Solve real-world one and two-step problems using addition and subtraction
- Use a variety of models to multiply and divide with and without regrouping
- Understand multiplication properties
- Solve real-world one and two-step problems using multiplication and division
- Solve problems involving money, customary and metric measurements
- Use bar graphs, tally charts and line plots to organize and interpret data
- Understand fractions, identify equivalent fractions, compare fractions and identify fractions of a set.
- Solve problems involving time and temperature
- Identify and compare angles and lines in plane shapes
- Classify, combine and separate polygons
- Investigate symmetry
- Explore, understand and analyze the relationship between units that are used to find area and perimeter to solve real-world problems
RTSD uses Science and Technology Concepts (STC) program modules developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, a division of the Smithsonian Institution. The STC Program is a set of inquiry-based science curriculum kits that cover life, earth, and physical sciences.
Young children are naturally interested in everything they see around them. During the elementary years, students are encouraged to observe, note properties, and develop explanations. As children become more familiar with their world they can be guided to observe changes and make predictions. Each year, students will use three hands-on modules that provide for opportunities to develop abilities of doing and understanding science. The students will focus on a four stage learning cycle:
• focus on what they know about a topic and what they want to learn
• explore a scientific concept (this is usually done in groups of four)
• reflect on their findings and record the information in science notebooks
• apply their new learning to real-life situations and other areas of the curriculum
Third grade students will be using three science modules which focus on three content areas of science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. Descriptions of the modules are below and are excerpted from www.carolinacurriculum.com/stc.
Plant Growth and Development
Rocks and Minerals
This social studies course will broadens student’s awareness of the local and global communities in which they live. They learn the basics of geography in order to locate communities and community features on maps. They will begin to understand how and why changes happen in a community. They will learn about their local community of Wayne. They will be introduced to the term public service and investigate the roles or these services. They will explore the idea of how they can have active roles and responsibilities within their community. They begin to understand how their role can help to make change. They will learn about different cultures and traditions.
Major Units of Study:
Unit I: Participating in Our Community
Unit II: Community Government and Economics
Unit III: Wayne Over Time
Third grade art students attend art class once in every 5-day cycle for 50 minutes. Art classes introduce the vocabulary that is intrinsic to producing and talking about art. The elements of art are imbedded in lessons that demonstrate how to use a variety of media, techniques, processes, tools and materials to create art. Major understandings include: artists make thoughtful choices when creating works of art and often repeat a task many times to learn a new skill; visual art is created for a variety of purposes; art can communicate ideas, express emotions and relate experiences; visual art is displayed; and art elicits a response from the viewer.
- Students will continue to broaden their understanding of how to create art work using the elements art: line, shape, color and texture, with a variety of materials and tools.
- Students will continue to broaden their use of basic visual art vocabulary when talking about art.
- Students will continue to broaden their understanding that visual art is exhibited.
- Students will continue to broaden their understanding that art is part of everyday life.
- Introduction to architecture
- Clay Slab work
- Introduction to weaving around the loom to create a pillow or purse by fifth grade
- Introduction to additional color families
The goal of 3rd grade physical education is for children to move efficiently and to achieve success and satisfaction in movement experiences. Students begin to engage in more sport-related skills and activities. The sport program is based on meeting the needs and interests of the elementary school children and is geared toward their development. Inherent in our sport activities are many physical, educational, personal and social values. The program stimulates skeletal growth, improves muscle strength and coordination, increases flexibility, promotes cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, introduces new skills, teaches the enjoyment of a variety of sports and reinforces the concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork. Students continue to expand their understanding of fitness concepts and healthy lifestyles through games, movement challenges, and more advanced fitness testing.
All students in first through fourth grade take part in wellness classes which consists of eight units taught throughout the school year to help educate students on living a healthy and safe lifestyle. Throughout the students’ educational journey, the information taught becomes progressively more challenging but remains developmentally appropriate:
- The safety unit focuses on safety while riding the bus or other means of transportation, participating in sporting or exercise activities, and in the home or school.
- The emergency unit prepares the students to act appropriately in an emergency situation by learning the correct numbers to call and the information that is needed to aid in an emergency.
- In the first aid unit, the students learn basic first aid procedures for minor injuries, including cuts, burns, nosebleeds and joint injuries.
- During the hygiene unit, the students learn the basics of grooming and maintaining good health through procedures such as hand washing, brushing teeth and wearing clean clothes.
- Stress reduction is the focus during the relaxation unit where students practice progressive muscle relaxation, mental imagery and yoga to deal with life stressors.
- The circulatory system, the skeletal system, the nervous system, the muscular system and the respiratory system are the focus of the body systems unit. The students learn the major organs of each system and ultimately how the systems work together.
- The drug prevention unit allows the students to discover the care that must be taken when using a medicine and the definition of the word drug. The dangers of smoking are the focus of this unit.
- Making good choices when it comes to meals and snacks is the main point in the nutrition unit. Students are introduced to foods that should only be consumed occasionally and those foods which can be eaten daily.
Elementary students receive instruction in Library once in every 5-day cycle for 50 minutes, with the exception of Kindergarten classes which are 30 minutes in length. The library curriculum is closely aligned with the English Language Arts Pennsylvania Core Standards and the American Association of School Librarians.
Students in library learn to:
1. Ask questions to find knowledge
2. Work with others to create new knowledge
3. Work as a cooperative library citizen
4. Read widely and make personal connections
Third Grade Units of Study
Life of a Reader
Selecting Informational and Literary Text
Preparing and Publishing Multimedia Presentations
Responsible Library Citizenship
Elementary students experience music by singing, playing,moving and improvising. The skills of matching pitch, steady beat and rhythmic notation are taught and assessed regularly throughout all grade levels.Students learn how to read treble clef notation by performing on the soprano recorder throughout the school year. Students also use the recorder as a tool for ostinati and improvisatory activities. Children explore the musical elements: melody, harmony, rhythm, form and timbre, as well as expressive elements through a varied repertoire of music from diverse cultures and genres.Students regularly have the opportunity to perform music using Orff instruments and multicultural instruments.