Welcome to Third Grade!
Third grade students at Evergreen continue to apply their comprehension strategies while reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature. The children learn to self-correct while reading with an emphasis on fluency, accuracy, and expression. The balanced literacy model is used to promote independent readers and writers. Students write stories, letters, simple explanations, and short reports across all content areas.
In third grade, the students use higher level thinking to connect math to the real world. By using conceptual learning, the students tackle multi step problems and recognize the relationships between numbers. Through hands on experiences, students develop skills in graphing, fractions, measurement, probability, geometry, patterns, and multiplication and division.
Third graders use the scientific process to conduct investigations. During experiments, students develop questions, make simple hypotheses and predictions, and gather data. They use the information to develop inferences and draw conclusions. Some units of study include simple machines, energy, matter, living systems, earth patterns, cycles, and resources.
In Social Studies, third graders develop a better understanding of the world around them, including an introduction to the contributions of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Mali. The students delve deep into the age of exploration through the study of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport. The children continue developing map skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts. In civics, students recognize that Americans are diverse people who are united by common principles.