Third Grade Curriculum
Third grade students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction, including novel studies, articles, and independent reading. Reading instruction will focus on comprehension strategies including monitoring comprehension, making connections, questioning, inferring, visualizing, determining importance, and summarizing. Also, reading instruction includes learning strategies for decoding, vocabulary, and becoming a more fluent reader.
Bridges is the 3rd grade math curriculum. The units consist of addition and subtraction patterns, introduction to multiplication, multi-digit addition and subtraction, measurement and fractions, division and area, geometry, and extending multiplication and fractions. Third graders will focus on using the most efficient strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while also being able to explain their thinking. Fact fluency is also a focus.
Students will learn how to write for different purposes which includes exploring the genres and styles of narrative, persuasive, and informative writing. Writing instruction will also focus on how to write in response to reading by providing specific evidence from the text and using inferential thinking. Rubrics are used to grade student samples while also providing feedback and structure of the necessary elements of each genre.
In third grade, we use the DiscoveryWorks science series offered by Houghton Mifflin, as well as FOSS (Full Option Science System) offered by the University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is provided, and supported, by the Cherry Creek School District. FOSS provides scientific education through the introduction of scientific concepts in a way that promotes critical thinking and the active construction of ideas and opinions through student inquiries, investigations, and analyses. For the classroom this translates to a highly active, engaging, hands-on science class. The science program consists of five separate units that cover various aspects of the earth, life, and physical sciences. We also introduce the scientific method for conducting experiments. Hands-on experiments are supported by numerous, short readings that are rich in scientific vocabulary and visual presentation. In addition to the DiscoveryWorks program and FOSS, third-grade teachers supplement the curriculum with additional hands-on experiments, special projects, field trips, and literacy activities.
Social Studies Alive is our guiding curriculum. This highly interactive program studies the different types of social scientists, the five regions of our country, and the peopling of the United States of America.
Students will learn how to efficiently type using the Keyboarding without Tears program. This program builds touch typing fluency and speed while also including general computer readiness and digital citizenship skills. This is the only keyboarding program with an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) stamp of approval.
Spelling instruction will focus on learning spelling patterns and rules while also developing strategies to help them fine-tune their spelling as they write.
Art, P.E., and Music
The Specials Teachers teach district curriculum in Art, P.E., and Music. Students alternate weekly and bi-weekly between these classes.
Library books will be checked out weekly.
To celebrate your child’s birthday, you are invited to give a book to our classroom library or to bring in a favorite story for the teacher to read to class. When making a book selection, please keep in mind that birthday celebrations are limited to 10 minutes. The third grade schedule is busy and varied, so we will celebrate as a class as time allows on that particular day. This routine allows us to celebrate in a manner that encourages healthy lifestyles and honors students with food allergies. If your child has a summer birthday, please contact the teacher to schedule a day to celebrate during the year.
Please note: we ask that you DO NOT send invitations for private celebrations to school.
Third Grade Daily Schedule
(Times are approximate)
8:50 LINE UP OUTSIDE
9:00-9:15 POWER TIME
9:15-9:30 SPELLING, TYPING
9:30-10:20 READING & LANGUAGE ARTS
12:50-1:05 READ ALOUD
1:05-1:45 LUNCH & RECESS
1:45-2:25 READING & LANGUAGE ARTS
2:25-3:25 SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE
3:25-3:30 FINISH WORK, CLOSING, & DISMISSAL
4 – Consistently and independently above grade level standards (Advanced)
3 - Consistently and independently at grade level standards (Proficient)
2 – Progress towards grade level standards is inconsistent (Partially Proficient)
1 – Student needs more time and support to meet grade level standards (Emerging)