Curriculum
 
 
3rd gr. curriculum
 
 
Our Curriculum comes from the Common Core Standards.
 
 
Reading/Language
In third grade, students continue to develop strategies to effectively use language. Through the presentation of reports and journal writing, they learn to write and speak for a specific purpose. Students learn to become strategic readers by identifying the elements of a story. They read expository material for specific information. Study skills include note taking, the use of reference materials, interpreting graphs and diagrams, and test-taking skills. Vocabulary development continues to include the refinement of phonetic and decoding skills. Word analysis strategies include: homonyms, antonyms, synonyms, analogies, multiple meaning and compound words. Students expand their vocabulary by learning strategies for identifying unfamiliar words.

Reading comprehension skills taught include: understanding fiction and nonfiction reading selections, identifying main ideas, sequencing events, recalling details, making predictions, genre study, drawing inferences, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships. Third graders continue to learn and practice the steps of the writing process. Peer conferencing is introduced as another revision technique. Proper grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing are taught to enable students to proofread and communicate more effectively.

Each week your child will do D.O.L. or Daily Oral Language. They will have sentences to correct along with some other language skills each day. We will go over these daily in class and your child will make corrections to his/her paper. They can use these to study for the test that will be given on Friday. We also will use the Harcourt Storytown Grammar Practice book daily to teach new skills. This goes along with our reading program. Your child will also be expected to use these skills as we learn how to do different types of writing. I have included Vocabulary lists, list of skills taught weekly, and interactive games on this website to help you and your child.

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Spelling
Each week your child will bring home a list of spelling words. It's a good idea to keep these in your child's Homework folder to study each night. The spelling words go along with our reading program Storytown. You can find lists on this website to print if needed. I have also included interactive games that will be a fun way for your child to learn the words weekly. Some homework will be assigned, look in your child's communication notebook for these assignments. Often I assign spelling words along with cursive handwriting to provide extra practice. Tests will be on Fridays unless you are otherwise notified in the communication notebook.

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Math
This year we will begin the GO!Math program in third grade which uses hands on opportunities to introduce most math topics. Third graders focus on fact families in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They continue developing strategies for multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. Learning multiplication facts through the 10s is a goal this year. Other third-grade skills include understanding large numbers in addition to working with small numbers using equivalent fractions and decimals. They continue the study of geometry, negative numbers, calculator skills, telling time, and geometry.

Practical application of measurement skills includes linear, weight, and capacity with customary and metric units. Students perform probability experiments that provide information for analyzing data and predicting outcomes. Students will be expected to keep a math journal to help promote good study habits in Math. Tests fall after every fifth lesson and timed math drills are given weekly.

 
Science
The third-grade curriculum focuses on the physical, earth, and life sciences. We have so many new and exciting things happening in our science curriculum this year! Our textbook is Scott Foresman’s Science that has leveled readers, vocabulary cards, activities and many different experiments. We will conduct experiments in each unit so that students have a hands-on approach to learning.

Throughout the year we will learn how plants and animals interact, identify physical and chemical changes of matter, identify specific weather, classify rocks and minerals, describe the layers of the Earth, and recognize the impact of natural resources.

Our science program correlates with the Alabama course of Study and integrates writing, math, reading, technology, and art. Students will develop a strong science foundation while exploring and applying their new knowledge.
 
Social Science
The Social Science curriculum focuses on map and geogrophy skills, community, US history, and Alabama history. During the year we will continually study map and geography skills using the Daily Oral Geography or D.O. G. Each week your child will study a different type of map and use it to answer questions. We will review these daily. Every two weeks your child will use the same maps to take a test. During the year we will study Alabama history, US history, along with other topics. Like science Social Studies is integrated into reading, language and math.
 
Technology
Your child will learn many exciting things in technology this year! Proper workstation habits, use of correct terminology, keyboarding, research, word processing skills, use class web site for information, how to make and present a power point and problem solving. Technology is integrated into every subject and used daily in my classroom. We will go to the computer lab for additional time. Students will learn to use technology to research and remediate their learning. Using technology is one thing I have found students enjoy most, and it is amazing at what they can do and teach me!