UNITS OF STUDY
Students will learn the tools and strategies to develop stamina to read chapter books and utilize the skills needs to become fluent readers.
- Through-out the year the students will be individually assessed to determine strengths and weaknesses formally and informally.
- Students will be responding to texts in small group and individually. They are learning to think more critically in order to build their level of comprehension.
- Reader’s Workshop includes mini-lessons, guided reading instruction, independent reading time, read alouds, and shared reading.
- Each student should be reading at least 20-25 minutes each night. Check in with your child, they should be reading alone but be able to tell you what their book is about.
- Wordly Wise 3000 Online is a dynamic and interactive online program that helps students master the academic vocabulary they encounter in school every day. Full audio support is included throughout the program to help your struggling readers or ELL students. Each activity provides immediate feedback that coaches students towards the correct answer. Engaging lessons give students multiple exposures to each word, leading to long-term retention. The students will also be able to access this program from home using the internet access.
Students will be exposed to a variety of genres and tasks that will give students opportunities to produce writing that includes sophisticated vocabulary and varied text structures and features.
- Units of Study: How Writers Work, Literary Non-Fiction, Biography, Touchstone Text, Poetry.
- Students are introduced to the “Writer’s Notebook” as a tool for writing. It is a place to gather thoughts, observations, ideas, and memories that are important to them.
- From these collected entries, students will learn about “writing craft” strategies to help elaborate and revise their writing into finished pieces. They will use the Writing Process and move through it to publish their work.
- The class will use authors as mentors to learn different techniques to apply in their own writing.
- Grammar skills will be incorporated into the Writing Process to further enhance student writing.
Our Everyday Mathematics Curriculum is a spiraling program which means students will re-encounter concepts throughout the entire school year.
- Units of Study” Whole Number Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Linear Measurement, Geometry, Estimation, Telling Time and Time Calculations, Money, Fractions, Number Patterns, Problem-Solving Skills, and Probability.
- Students will be expected to master basic facts in addition, subtraction, and multiplication. This will help them in all areas of math and in the future!
- 3rd Graders are learning the importance of checking over their work and learning from their mistakes.
- Students will play math games related to the different math concepts they have learned. This helps reinforce math skills.
- Students will be explaining their thinking, how they arrived at their answer in extended constructed response questions.
- Units of Study: Conflict Resolution, Exploration, and Colonial America.
- Conflict Resolution-Students will learn how to solve conflicts and handle problems. They will find win-win solutions when faced with a problem.
- Map skills-Students will explore different types of maps and geography features. Students will have an opportunity to become a cartographer and make their own continents.
- Explorers of the New World-We will study European explorers and others who made discoveries throughout the world.
- Colonial America-Students will investigate life in Colonial America and compare and contrast Colonial life and our lives today. They will also have the opportunity to take a journey back in time by participating in the 3rd Grade Colonial Fair.
- Units of Study: Weather, Solar System, Food Chains and Webs.
- All of the Science units contain a hands-on, guided discovery method of learning.
- The students will use the Scientific method to generate hypotheses, conduct experiments, collect and analyze date, and draw conclusions based on their scientific evidence.
- Students will receive nightly homework and will write down their homework in their planners each day.
- Please practice reading directions at home with your child.
- Students will be given 30-45 minutes of homework a night plus reading.
- Homework serves to enhance and reiterate classroom instruction. Students should not struggle with their homework. If questions arise, students are encouraged to try their best, ask you for help and then ask me the next day in school. We will review it to make sure they understand.