In the third grade, students practice applying critical thinking skills to all areas of the curriculum. They use reading strategies to comprehend lengthier text, develop tools to organize their thoughts into well-structured paragraphs and essays, and continue to gain an understanding of number concepts, while practicing computational procedures in more complex math problems.
A considerable goal is for students to develop independence, as they assume increasing responsibility for monitoring their own progress and for learning. One way third grade students learn to navigate through social situations with greater independence is through observing modeled behavior; they also gain greater comfort with this skill by participating in Class and Morning Meetings.
Writing continues to be emphasized and integrated throughout the curriculum, while the children learn to develop clear and concise paragraphs and to write sequential, multi-paragraph essays. As students gain greater comfort with the writing process, they also hone their abilities to inform, persuade, and express ideas, while building upon their formal knowledge of grammar and mechanics.
New this year, third grade students also participate in the Writers' Workshop program at least three times a week. The goal of the program is for children to write what they know by selecting topics that are personally meaningful and relevant to them. Through focused mini-lessons and individual conferences with the teacher, students will enhance their craft as writers and become independent authors of a variety of literary pieces. At the conclusion of each instructional unit, students will publish a piece of their work and share it in celebration with the rest of the class.
In social studies, a combination of literature and interactive online curriculum helps to expose our students to units on the various geographical regions in the United States, the Pilgrims, and the Native Americans. The children also explore the importance of rules and laws in government and develop citizenship skills through our Character Education/Service Learning programs.
Active, hands-on simulations on topics ranging from the Pilgrims to flight simulation allow students the opportunity to experience life during different historical periods and in different parts of the world. Finally, third grade children, through song, dance, and music-making, develop an appreciation for community in preparing for their Brotherhood performance, a beautiful celebration of friends, family, the holiday season, and their sister country, England.
Further enriching our science program are our school’s diverse gardens and ecosystems and a fully-equipped Science Center.Hands-on experiences include: weekly lab work, monthly gardening, a school-wide Planting Day, enrichment assemblies, and service learning that promotes environmental stewardship. The third graders are also given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the scientific method by designing their own experiments and sharing them with their class.