Curriculum Highlights: Third Grade

Language Arts

  • Sentence structure, sentence writing
  • Paragraph writing:  topic sentences, supporting sentences, conclusions
  • Summarizing
  • Writing process
  • Writing:  reports and letters, descriptive, creative
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, prepositions
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Vocabulary
  • Dictionary skills
  • Spelling: plurals, syllabication, rules, prefixes, suffixes
  • Analogies
  • Literary forms and terms
  • Comprehension skills
  • Listening skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Independent reading
  • Oral reports
  • Junior Great Books
  • Summer workbook
  • Summer reading

Mathematics

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Functions
  • Graphs
  • Geometry
  • Place value
  • Numerical order
  • Estimation
  • Inverse operations
  • Linear functions
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Summer workbook

History/Classical Studies

  • Early civilizations and archeology
  • Prehistoric man
  • Egypt
  • Mesopotamia
  • Hebrews
  • Hittites
  • Persians
  • Phoenicians
  • Outlining
  • Note taking
  • Essay writing
  • Analyze and synthesize data
  • Research skills, using books and encyclopedias
  • Write a research paper
  • Oral presentations

Science

  • Scientific method
  • Bi-weekly labs/hands-on activities
  • Plants: cells, reproduction, processes
  • Animals: classification, growth, cells, body systems
  • Living together:  populations and communities, ecosystems
  • Nutrition and health:  food groups
  • Earth science: weather, landforms, rock cycle
  • Space science: planets
  • Matter: properties/states, physical/chemical changes, mixtures/solutions, atoms
  • Force and work, simple machines
  • Energy: electricity/magnetism, light/sound

Geography

  • Review of states and capitals
  • Southeastern United States
  • Physical features of the globe
  • Map scale
  • Map symbols
  • Land and water features on a map
  • Features of North America
  • Features of Central America
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria

Modern/Classical Languages

French

  • Commands
  • Schedules and time
  • Calendar
  • Grammar
  • Conjugation
  • Gender in adjectives
  • Spelling
  • Oral and written vocabulary:  school supplies, colors, food, clothes, toys, house, clothing
  • French culture

Physical Education

  • Daily P.E. class in uniform
  • Physical fitness and conditioning, including running
  • Manipulative skills: throwing, passing, shooting, kicking, rapping, and striking balls
  • Game skills
  • Dance:  multi-part, contrasting movement patterns in ensemble choreography
  • Body control, agility, flexibility, endurance, and balance
  • Responsibility, self-control, team work, good sportsmanship

Visual Arts

  • Weekly art class
  • Drawing and coloring: pencil, eraser, markers, oil pastels, pastels, colored pencils
  • Painting: tempura paint, watercolors
  • Sculpture: oil-based clay, carving tools
  • Calligraphy: inks, pens, brushes
  • Color theory
  • Drawing the human form
  • Egyptian art, hieroglyphics, cave paintings
  • Georgia O’Keefe
  • Self expression, respect, confidence
  • Annual, school-wide art contest

Performing Arts

Music

  • Choral singing:  diction, dynamics, interpretation, rounds, harmony
  • Instrumental counterpoint
  • Building musical literacy
  • Percussion: maracas, metallophone, bass xylophone and others
  • Musical compositions that tell stories
  • Lives and works of composers
  • Performance:  music program twice per year

Drama

  • Speaking role in class play
  • Develop acting skills
  • Imaginative use of costumes/props
  • Ensemble/solo singing, choreography
  • Public speaking, confidence, poise

Library                                                                                          

  • Selecting/checking out books
  • Egyptian writing
  • History of book printing
  • Reference books
  • Magazines/periodicals
  • Dewey Decimal System
  • Research skills
  • Thesaurus
  • Poetry
  • Cookbooks
  • Book fair

Technology

  • Star Boards in each classroom
  • Rolling computer cart for computer use in classroom
  • Basic familiarity with computers
  • Internet safety
  • Basic internet research

Field Trips

Several field trips per year; recent examples include:

  • Hirshorn Sculpture Museum
  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center
  • Walters Art Gallery
  • Petit Plats (Restaurant)
  • Steven Udar-Hazy Center
  • Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall