With so much attention on language arts and math, it’s hard to fit in science or social studies. But expectations are still high in these areas. Often these subjects will be integrated into reading instruction as students learn to comprehend non-fiction texts.
In science, students will be expected to learn about simple machines, matter, earth and space systems and cycles, layers and contents of different soils, and energy resources in the world around us. Your child is introduced to lab science through hands-on experiments. Encourage science exploration within your community, while on vacation, and through museums and other local resources.
Social Studies curriculum has an emphasis on ancient civilizations. We will explore the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mali and tie this information into how they impact us today in the United States. We will also explore our nation’s government and economic principles.
Parents can support their children by showing an enthusiasm for what their child is learning and a willingness to help them learn more. It’s also helpful to discuss age-appropriate current events with your child and to point out connections between the past and the present.
In 3rd grade, it’s more important than ever for parents to keep a positive attitude about school. It may get more challenging to balance encouragement of your child with high academic expectations. This year may be the first time your child struggles a bit in school – this year they will certainly need to study! Responding with support and a belief that your child can do the work will set a positive tone for your child’s ongoing school career.