The third grade curriculum includes reading, writing, spelling, grammar lessons, writing complete sentences and paragraphs. We complete a cursive handwriting book.
We have two periods of reading and writing each day. Two periods of spelling/phonics and two periods of grammar lessons each week. We use an anthology with selection tests and trade books. Graphic organizers are used to analyze and compare books.
Activities during the year include monthly book reports,an author study, writing and performing plays, a biography project where students dress and speak as the person. Students also write and illustrate an original fairy tale which they read to the first grade. Students use Raz Kids and Big Universe.
In third grade students use the McGraw-Hill Math Series. In addition to daily class, there is a class held twice a week called Math Magic. Some important skills students learn in third grade include place value, addition with regrouping,subtraction with borrowing, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and geometry.
Math Magic is a class where we do not use our book. We plan fun math activities that reinforce the skills. We also have math club held after school for ten weeks to reinforce skills. Students also use IXL and other computer programs in class and as homework.
In third grade, social studies topics include Native Americans, Explorers, Thirteen Colonies, first states, settlers moving west, formation of our government and building of Washington D.C.
A chapter in economics and trade with other countries especially China, as well as connections with other World communities are also covered.
Once a week, students study current events. Map skills are used throughout the year.