en English
Third Grade
Reading

Third graders will shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” This is a major transitional year for students. They are beginning to put together all of the components of reading – fluency, accuracy, comprehension, and expression- to become a better reader. In order to make this happen, students will participate in small group reading instruction where they will practice important skills and strategies in which good readers use. We will also learn how to analyze various types of text and use evidence from the text to answer comprehension questions.

In writing, we will begin to focus more on the writing process. Students will brainstorm ideas, proofread, edit, revise, and publish various types of writing such as personal narratives, letters, simple explanations, and short reports across all content areas. Students will continue to learn and apply mechanics in their daily writing.

Writing

In writing, we will begin to focus more on the writing process. Students will brainstorm ideas, proofread, edit, revise, and publish various types of writing such as personal narratives, letters, simple explanations, and short reports across all content areas. Students will continue to learn and apply mechanics in their daily writing.

Math

In third grade, the students use higher-level thinking to connect math to the real world. By using conceptual learning, the students tackle multi-step problems and recognize the relationship between numbers. Third grade teachers expose students to multiple strategies throughout each unit, allowing students to find a strategy that suits their learning style. Through hands-on experiences students develop skills in graphing, geometry, time, multiplication, patterns, money, division, fractions, and probability. Third grade teachers use the Math Workshop instruction model to meet the needs of all students. Students receive differentiated instruction in small groups. They explain their thinking when solving problems using “math talk” and play math games.

Science

The third grade science standards focus on conducting investigations. Students follow the scientific method to answer questions about the world around them. Using information to make inferences and draw conclusions becomes more important. We investigate simple and compound machines, energy, and the basics of matter. Students also evaluate connections between living organisms and their ecosystems. Patterns in the natural world are investigated, such as the phases of the moon, tides, seasonal changes, the water cycle, and animal and plant life cycles. After every unit, students reflect on what they have learned in their Science Portfolios. They write 3-4 sentences about what they have learned, give a self-rating, and submit a work sample that shows off their learning.

Social Studies

Third grade social studies lessons begin to expand children’s view of the world. They will explore the world around them as they learn about geography, economics, government, citizenship, and the history of ancient civilizations and their contributions to our world. Our grade takes a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see primary sources from ancient Rome, Greece, China, Egypt, and Mali. During our economics unit, students will participate in a free market day where they create their own products and sell them to other students for classroom economy money in order to demonstrate their understanding of the unit and gain a better understanding of how these concepts are applied in real life.After every unit, students reflect on what they have learned in their Social Studies Portfolios. They write 3-4 sentences about what they have learned, give a self-rating, and submit a work sample that shows off their learning.