Third Grade Curriculum Overview
The third grade curriculum has been developed in accordance with the NJSLS (New Jersey Student Learning Standards). Our goal as teachers is to provide a rich and challenging learning environment where each student is recognized for their unique skills, talents, and needs. We strive to teach our students to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
Our units of study this year in Reading are: Practicing Good Habits and using Strategies While Reading, Navigating Non-fiction Information in Print and Digital form, Growing Ideas About Characters in Realistic Fiction Stories and Biographies, A Folklore Genre Study including folktales, tall tales, myths, legends, and fairy tales, Reading and Responding to Short passages and Book Clubs.
Through the reading of mentor texts and exploring the writing craft of many different authors, students will learn and continually practice and explore the skills necessary to create solid writing. The topics we will be exploring through our writing this year are: Launching the Writing Workshop Through Personal Narratives, Speculative Writing(creating realistic fiction stories), Personal Essay,Creating Non-Fiction Chapter Books, and Poetry.
Third graders will be using a “Word Study” program in order to differentiate instruction and allow each child to work at his or her own instructional level. Throughout word study, students examine, manipulate, and categorize words. The focus will be on the critical features of words including sound, pattern, and meaning. By participating in activities or word sorts, your child will physically group the words together by patterns, rhymes, ending or beginning blends, and various other techniques. Through this practice, the goal is to internalize spelling patterns, syllables within a given word, increase phonemic awareness, and think about the makeup of a word rather than memorize the spelling of each word.
Our math program is called Everyday Mathematics. This program supports NJSLS as well as our district’s philosophy on math instruction. It is a goal of the Everyday Math program that students become proficient in math facts. Throughout the year your child will be participating in many hands on math activities and learning games. This year we will focus on Operations and Algebraic Thinking(multiplication and division properties), Number and Operations in Base Ten(using place value to perform multi-digit arithmetic), Number and Operations- Fractions, Measurement and Data(estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects),and Geometry(shapes and their attributes and area). Math is about persevering and working through problems. There will be a heavy emphasis on problem solving and working effectively in math partnerships.
The third grade science curriculum includes four units of study: Forces and Interactions, Ecosystems, Life Cycles, and Weather and Climate. The format takes an inquiry-based approach presenting concepts using scientific phenomena. In Forces and Interactions, students will work to learn about force and motion and the effects of these physical laws in our world through investigations of floating trains, hover boards, roller coasters, objects in motion, and magnets. During the Ecosystems unit, students’ research and investigations will be driven by the question of why bears are in our neighborhoods. Students will consider the interaction between organisms and their environment. In the Life Cycles unit, students will study both the importance and inheritance of traits through observations. The Weather and Climate unit will be integrated with social studies as students look for climate differences in different regions of the country.
The units of study for social studies this year include:
Unit 1: Citizenship- Teaching classroom guidelines (citizens of our classroom),
Learner’s Mindset, Allendale Unit (Citizens of Allendale)
Unit 2: Geography-How geography of a place impacts life there. This will include whole class inquiries on different regions,learning how to use various digital tools and resources for research, collaborative small group work to create digital presentations, and mystery skype.
Unit 3: NJ inquiry - Early NJ History/Lenape Indians, NJ Geography, NJ Revolutionary War History, (other student-selected NJ topics) . . .
Unit 4: Interdisciplinary Social Action: Becoming Proactive Citizens/Identify
problems in our world.
- Research relevant issue, take a stance, create and take an action
- Could be something like childhood poverty, clean water, specific types of pollution, ecosystems,endangered animals, other environmental issues and concerns, etc.
- Independent, Partner, OR small group inquiries