The third grade year is an important year! Our goal as a third grade team is to create 21st century learners that are independent, self-motivated, and collaborative. Students will use problem solving, mindfulness, and self-regulation in their everyday learning. Students will develop social skills to be positive members in our community.
Language Arts: The third grade team uses the Wonders Reading Program for whole group and guided reading, while incorporating the Daily 5 Framework routine to provide student choice, encourage independence and increase writing and reading stamina.
Mathematics: Throughout the third grade year a primary focus is developing math fact fluency, specifically in multiplication. Students move from just solving the four mathematical operations to justifying their understanding through words and models in the third grade. The Daily 3 Framework routine is incorporated into their daily lessons, while using Engage New York and Go Math for whole group instruction.
Science and Social Studies:
The third grade units to be covered in science this year include: forces, weather and climate, animal adaptations through time, and variation of traits. Students are guided through the engineering process and scientific method within each unit to develop critical thinking skills for the 21st Century.
The third grade socials studies units to be covered are geography, communities, and civil rights. These units are integrated into our daily reading and writing instruction.
Homework: It is expected that each student read 20 minutes a night and work on their math fact fluency for 15 minutes a night. Math fact fluency games are sent home as they are taught in the classroom for practice and students are encouraged to use Reflex.org to practice facts. Here is the weekly homework sheet: Homework Sheet
Additional Third Grade Curriculum Information
Third Grade Curriculum for Parents Brochure
Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
Math & Reading Support Tips for Home
Parent Tip Sheet - Math Triangle Flash
Parent Tip Sheet - Writing Summarizing
Parent Tip Sheet - Math Unit 3
Parent Tip Sheet - Reading Why Use Summarizing?
Parent Tip Sheet - Math Unit 1
Xtra Math Parent Letter
Summarization - SUM it up!
Third Graders at Southwick have created this helpful video on Summarization called "Sum It Up!"