Our third graders become more independent in their learning during the course of this academic year. One of the highlights is the All Saints Day presentation. Students research a Saint of their choice, do a project, and dress as that Saint for our liturgy on November 1. Students faith formation continues with lessons on the Bible from both the Old and New Testament, continued information on the Sacraments, and more education about the parts of the liturgy.
The English Language Arts curriculum becomes more advanced as students master literary text by learning about key ideas and structure of text, the relationship between the author and the descriptions used in a story, comparing and contrasting points of view, and being able to read and comprehend informational text. Students will also develop writing skills that cover multiple writing styles and the ability to edit work independently for a final draft.
In third grade, mathematically proficient students know that doing mathematics involves solving problems and discussing how they solved them. Students explain to themselves the meaning of a problem and look for ways to solve it. Students experiment with representing problem situations in multiple ways including numbers, words (mathematical language), drawing pictures, using objects, acting out, making a chart, list, or graph, creating equations, etc. Students will be multiplying and dividing numbers within 100.
Third Grade students also learn Life, Physical, and Earth Science material as well as Social Studies principles in history, geography, and culture. These may be taught cross-curricularly through the reading and math curriculum. The experiences do not stop with the core curriculum, Third Graders participate in physical education, visual arts, music, and Spanish.