THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Math (A Beka)

The course uses real world problems of life and allows students to work through concrete examples.  Students will gain knowledge of mathematical truths and procedures through hands on learning.  Units of study include: multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-digit multiplication and division, functions, and decimals.

English/Grammar (Zaner-Bloser/A Beka)

Students are prepared for successful writing by introducing them to the 6 traits of writing and the writing process. This program guides students through the process of writing for an assessment. Close Reading teaches students to analyze authentic text or video sources, take notes, and answer comprehension questions using critical thinking. Students use integrated technology throughout the writing process. Online grammar games and proofreading activities excite students about learning grammar, usage, and mechanics skills.

 

Reading (Individualized/Accelerated Reader/Wonders)

A variety of resources are utilized to promote reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. An IRP (Individualized Reading Program) allows students to select trade books in their reading range and take quizzes on the computer through our AR (Accelerated Reader Program). This program monitors student progress and comprehension in reading. The 7 Keys to Reading Comprehension (research-based skills), provides students with the strategies they need to understand what they are reading across all content areas. Read & Think evaluates students reading comprehension on a weekly basis.

 

Spelling (Incorporated Through Curriculum)

Students will learn to properly use words in their spoken language and be able to write them correctly as well. They will also understand and apply rules to words. The students will have a better understanding of the vocabulary and apply it to their daily lives. Spelling words are taken from content areas, as well as words more frequently misspelled.

 

Handwriting/Penmanship  (Zaner-Bloser)

Students will learn that handwriting is one of the most important means of communication. The students will practice the skill of cursive handwriting. They will practice correct letter formation, spacing, size, slant and proportion, as well as overall neatness and good appearances of writing. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting guides students through a proven, step-by-step process for learning legible handwriting. The engaging, colorful student edition provides developmentally appropriate activities to develop fluency and automaticity, and increase legibility through regular self-evaluation. Digital resources engage students in daily handwriting instruction. Letter and numeral formation animations, short instructional videos, and fun, interactive letter activities make handwriting fun!

 

Bible (Purposeful Design Development of Christian Worldview)

Students will study the stories and characters of the Bible as well as Christ-like character traits. They will learn how Biblical principles can be applied in the present world. A Bible verse is given each week for memorization.

 

Science (A Beka)

Students will learn about the world around us.  They will study the plant world, animals, water, ocean, weather, rocks and soil, changes on the Earth, its' natural resources, and space exploration.

 

Social Studies (A Beka and TCI)

Students will learn American history through the biographies of great Americans.  The emphasis is on patriotism, character development, and the variety of contributions made by Americans to this country.

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