Third Grade Curriculum

Mathematics

The third grade math curriculum develops students’ ability to think intelligently using numbers. Students gain a firm understanding of the significance and use of numbers in counting, measuring, comparing, and ordering, as well as mastery of the basic operations with whole numbers. Students will also gain the ability to use the appropriate mathematical operation(s) to solve realistic problems. In order for the student to understand abstract concepts of mathematics, concrete manipulative materials are used. When the student begins to apply the concepts demonstrated with the manipulatives, he starts to understand the abstract concept. Ample practice is given to assure mastery before a new skill is introduced. This mastery and success with daily work will promote positive student attitudes toward math and influence future student achievement.

Course content includes:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Time and Money
  • Decimals
  • Graphs

Science

In third grade, science studies are to help students appreciate their environment and the components that make up that environment. Students learn how they can begin to act responsibly in caring for things in nature. They also develop an awareness of their dependence on the Earth’s resources.

Course content includes:

  • Matter
  • Heating Changes
  • Earth, Moon and Sky
  • Makeup of the Earth

Social Studies

The purpose of third grade social studies is to give students an understanding and appreciation of early American History. For each historical period an emphasis is placed on showing how natural environment, cultural variety, and cultural conflicts were formative factors in shaping U.S. history.

Course content includes:

  • Colonization of the New World
  • Westward Expansion
  • Greek Mythology
  • Famous Explorers

Art

The students will begin to recognize that nature, people, imagination, and experimentation are all appropriate sources of materials for art. They will continue to work with color, line, design, texture, and patterns. The student will also continue to learn about different artists and view their works. Each student will be given many opportunities to explore and develop their inner creativity through hands-on art activities and use of many different types of art media. They will be given individual attention and every lesson will be differentiated to meet that child’s learning style. They will gain an appreciation of their art and the art of others which will give them a sense of pride, admiration, and open-mindedness.

Course content includes:

  • Clay
  • Painting
  • Color
  • Printmaking
  • Well-Known Artists
  • Drawing Sculpture
  • Design
  • Art History
  • Two- and Three-Dimensional Art

Music

In grade 3, all material and concepts from grade 2 are reviewed. This material will form the basis for a sizable increase in vocabulary and performance abilities. The major goals of the year include the following: the introduction of the triple meter, focusing on absolute pitch and the names of the notes in the treble clef, and the performance of music. They will continue with improvisation. Children will sing on Grandparent’s Day, Festival of the Trees, and Closing Ceremonies. The student will also spend a concentrated period of time on a theatrical production to be performed in the fall or winter.

Computer Science

Students will be expected to learn and build on basic computer navigation skills as learned in previous years, such as opening programs, minimizing screens, opening new tabs, the back and forward buttons, URL addresses, searching, etc. Typing exercises will stress the need for proper hand placement, and will introduce more complex words and sentences. More complex word processing skills will be taught, focusing on learning and putting to use the various icons and menus available. Creative writing exercises will be employed in order to teach this. Digital Citizenship and Safety lessons will include private versus personal information, identity theft, bullying, researching, attribution, passwords, spam, staying safe online, online advertising and digital manipulation.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental, and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities, for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Our diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and introduce new, enjoyable experiences for life- long physical fitness and well-being.