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3rd Grade


Language Arts

 

In language arts, students will be expected to read with confidence, infer meaning that may not be explicitly stated, and figure out unfamiliar words using phonics, context clues, and other strategies. Third grade is the year of punctuation marks, and varied and complete sentence structure.  Students will be expected to write detailed sentences consisting of strong verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

 

Yet as the expectations rise, it’s important to show your child that the joy in reading and writing increases, as well.  Your child will have the skills to truly express themselves in their journals and writings and will be excited to devour the next book in a series. Third graders will be able to select books to read for pleasure based on their interests; and will want to finish the mystery to find out the ending.  In short, even as reading and writing get more challenging, they also pay dividends in the form of greater satisfaction.



Math

 

For 3rd graders and their parents, math can be intimidating.  Most teachers still require students to memorize the multiplication tables, but they also expect students to understand how multiplication relates to addition, subtraction, and division.

 

Besides multiplication, your child’s math curriculum will include graphing, money, fractions, adding and subtracting three-digit numbers.  It’s important to make sure your child keeps pace.  The curriculum at this level has a spiraling effect, with every concept building on the previous one.  If you suspect that your child is falling behind, act quickly to address the issue with his/her teacher.



Social Studies

 

Social Studies includes more history, with an emphasis on historical figures and their contributions to society.  We will explore the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Mali and tie these new learnings in with how they impact us today in the United States.

We will also explore our Nation’s government, world and U.S. geography, economic principles and European explorers.



Science

 

In science, students will be expected to learn about simple machines, matter, earth and space systems and cycles, layers and contents of different soils, and energy resources in the world around us.  Don’t be surprised if your child is introduced to lab science through hands-on experiments.  Encourage science exploration within your community, while on vacation, and through museums and other local resources.


Curriculum Overview