ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (COMMUNICATION ARTS)
The English Language Arts curriculum for grade 3 is designed to sustain and expand growth of the foundational skills that students acquire in the previous grades and to promote growth of skills, and conceptual understandings. The priority of the English Language Arts curriculum is using Reading Wonders reading program to acquire language skills and communicate information, for literary response and expression, for reflection and self-evaluation, and for problem solving and application.
Students in the third grade are expected to develop a firm understanding and use of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals with concrete objects, pictures, and symbols in a variety of contexts. A variety of tools is used to model operations with whole numbers and fractions, develop and apply different methods of computing, and relate models to standard symbolic expressions and algorithms. Students will also learn the basics about Measurement, Geometry, Probability, Algebra and Patterns.
Third grade continues to use the unifying concepts taught in grades K-2 including evidence, explanation, measurement, order and organization, and change. The third grade program allows students to identify small components of a system for in-depth investigation. Each investigational unit addresses a particular system. Plants, soils, earth/moon/sun, and the human body are each investigated as systems.
The third grade study is designed to expand the students’ concept of “leaders” in relationship to their communities. Students study people of diverse groups, their cultures, religions, traditions, and contributions to the community. Students compare aspects of familiar communities with those of other cultures and other times. They are introduced to problems that “leaders” and communities confront and how conflicts are resolved. Third graders discover how literature is integrated in the social studies discipline by reading about local, state, national, and global leaders (fictional and non-fictional). They investigate the contributions that these individuals have made to society.