Third grade is a transition year for our students both socially and academically. Socially, students begin to test the boundaries of friendships and relationships with adults. Students become more aware of their egos and needs. Our teachers work with the students within and across all 3rd grade classrooms to establish a community of learning, support, and compassion. Academically, 3rd grade is the year when students are expected to read to learn information and to write to convey information.
The third grade curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards and includes fiction and nonfiction units of study. In reading, students will learn about characters through a series, read traditional tales, use strategies to read and research informational texts, and apply reading strategies to reading short articles and passages. In writing, students will learn about narrative, informative, and opinion writing through developing their own Realistic Fiction piece, telling their own traditional literature tale, researching their own research report, and writing their own reviews and book recommendations.
The math curriculum focuses on four critical areas as defined by the Common Core Standards: developing an understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division; developing an understanding of fractions; developing an understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.