3RD GRADE

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

READING/LITERATURE

  • Utilize context clues and syntax for meaning
  • Recognize three letter consonant blends, all digraphs
  • Recognize accented syllables
  • Recognize figures of speech
  • Find supporting details
  • Summarize selection
  • Monthly book reports
  • Alphabetize to 3 letters
  • Utilize dictionary, glossary, encyclopedia, and atlas appropriately
  • Write ideas, reactions, and original stories
  • Stay focused during silent reading

ENGLISH

  • Punctuate with comma in a series, in direct address, and in addresses
  • Abbreviate days of week, months, address, and time
  • Identify pronouns and simple predicates
  • Utilize “its and it’s” appropriately
  • Write in cursive handwriting
  • Write formula poetry: Haiku, conquain, and limerick
  • Participate in improvisations and play reading
  • Identify contraction

MATHEMATICS

  • Use columnar subtraction renaming twice, addition renaming three times
  • Read and write numerals to hundred thousands
  • Round to nearest hundred, thousand, and dollar
  • Word problems using multiplication, division, money, and calendar
  • Read graph/matrix and maps to solve word problems
  • Multiply two and three digit numbers by one digit number – Renaming ones and tens
  • Use X and division symbols and facts through 12’s
  • Divide one number into three digits with reminders
  • Tell time before and after the hour using colon notation to 1 minute
  • Add and subtract fraction with like denominators
  • Choose appropriate unit for length, weight, and temperature
  • Determine simplest form of a fraction
  • Write ratio in fraction form
  • Subtract mixed numbers with different denominators
  • Recognize greater and smaller fractions
  • Select appropriate unit to measure in metrics
  • Recognize decimals to .99
  • Compute the square unit of area
  • Use ordinal numbers to the twentieth
  • Geometric shapes
  • Learn about equalities/inequalities
  • Stanford University distance learning is available as a supplement for advanced students

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Explore natural landscape
  • Identify maps, globes, time lines, charts, and graphs
  • Human history of the United States
  • Current Events
  • Interdependence of people, animals, and land
  • Native Americans
  • Early American exploration and settlement
  • Natural resources preservation and conservation

SCIENCE/HEALTH

  • Learn about physical science
  • Explore habitat/adapt ion, food chain/web
  • Classify within the animal kingdom
  • Promotion of critical and creative thinking
  • Learning from the wonders of the natural world
  • Practice safety skills
  • Nutrition
  • Skeletal and muscle systems
  • Units on bacteria, viruses
  • Invention Unit –Prepare a display to present at school wide event

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Refine running and dodging skills
  • Refine throwing, catching, punting, dribbling, kicking, and ball skills
  • Upper body strength through playground games and equipment
  • Move rhythmically as individual or group in action games, and activities
  • Expand confidence in playing basic games such as basketball
  • Game rules and sportsmanship
  • Develop enjoyment for recreational activities such as hoops, ropes, and action games

COMPUTER

  • Identify various parts of the computer
  • Introduction to carefully guided internet research
  • Power Point with simple projects
  • Utilize software programs at teacher direction
  • Begin keyboarding
  • Install programs independently from disk and from CD-Rom
  • Load and run programs independently
  • Beginning word processor program

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

  • Field trips
  • Accelerated Reading (rewards program)
  • Invention Convention
  • French and/or Spanish
  • Individual and group performances for students and parents
  • Spectra Art (art appreciation curriculum)
  • Handwriting carefully supervised
  • Friendship classes
  • Daily hot lunch
  • Skiing, martial arts, chess, tennis, Spanish and clay classes available
  • Music for musical presentations
  • Science camp, west coast and east coast, or Europe travel experience
  • Junior Achievement unit on economics and capitalism
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