The Third Grade approach in reading and language arts is constructed to immerse the student in a language-rich environment. Students are frequently exposed to examples of good writing, reading, speaking and listening; students are expected to learn to use language proficiently, while making use of approximations during the learning process. Students receive frequent feedback and are engaged in real language use for real purposes through reading quality literature. The 6 + 1 Trait Writing curriculum provides a tool to clarify the student’s own thinking and successful communication with a variety of audiences.
The Third Grade mathematics approach enables students to both demonstrate ease in using mathematics to solve everyday problems and address higher-level logical thinking. Gaining proficiency in problem solving is a priority. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of self-reliance, verbal precision and a questioning attitude about how math solutions are achieved. Students learn to use critical thinking and inductive reasoning to lead them to logical and rational decisions. Because of the importance of quantitative thought and understanding, computational skills occupy an important place in the curriculum. Students will become adept with all computational methods – mental arithmetic, paper, and pencil algorithms and the use of the calculator and computer.
The Social Studies curriculum focuses on a variety of topics. Students learn about communities – rural, suburban and urban. They master map skills, using the map legend, scale, grid and lines of latitude/longitude. Students study the Native American Indians who lived in North America, how they used the resources of this region and in what ways they modified the natural environment. Native Americans who lived in the region are presented authentically; students learn about the Native Americans’ tribal identity; their social organization and customs; the location of their villages and the reasons for the tribe’s locale; the structures they built and the relationship of these structures to the climate; their methods of getting food, clothing, tools, and utensils and whether they traded with others for any of those things; and their art and folklore. In addition, your child will study local and national government. Students learn about the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of national and local government, with an emphasis on the local arena and recognize and identify the fifty states and their capitals.
Third Graders are prepared to take a larger leadership role in the school community. Targeting the Seven Habits for Happy Kids, Third Graders are a vocal presence during monthly all-school assemblies. The students use various delivery models to reinforce the concepts of the book through skits, technology, songs and presentations.