Third grade is the transition year between the lower and upper elementary grades. Homework is a regular feature and work in all academic areas intensifies. The social and emotional growth of each child comprises an integral part of the curriculum, as do opportunities for self-expression and group participation.
The reading program includes the use of several full-length novels. Children respond to their reading through writing, drawing, acting and discussion. Students also create “Book Quest” projects and reports.
Language arts activities are integrated throughout the day. They include collecting ideas in “Writer’s Notebooks,” writing in a myriad of formats, editing, spelling and cursive writing.
Math instruction emphasizes the use of the concrete to understand concepts and operations. Students become adept at using regrouping in addition, borrowing in subtraction and developing multiplication skills. They learn division and explore fractions, measurement and geometry. Children practice mental math and experience extensive problem solving.
The social studies program explores the concept of culture and compares our own culture to a number of diverse groups including Native Americans, colonists and slaves on the Underground Railroad. These cultures are examined through role playing, group work/projects, reports and field trips. “Town Meetings” of the class provide opportunities for students to discuss a host of topics relevant to 3rd graders.
In addition, students receive instruction in science, Spanish, art, music technology and physical education.