• Third Grade Curriculum
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    The third grade curriculum follows the Pennsylvania State Common Core Standards.  
     
     
     
    Math
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        Students are homogeneously grouped for math class based on their needs and ability. Therefore, students may leave their homeroom to receive their math instruction in a different third grade classroom. Math groupings are flexible and are based on multiple student assessments. If a teacher sees that a student needs to be in a different math class throughout the year, then we will adjust that accordingly. In each math class, the students will follow the third grade curriculum with accommodated instruction. The students may have myself, Mrs. Zimmerman, or Mrs. Banaszak and Mrs. Wiand in a co-taught class. This year, Mrs. Troutman will be assisting each math class as needed and also providing small group lessons for extra support.
     
       In math we will cover topics such as: +, -, x, and ÷ fact families, 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, counting money, finding change, telling time to the minute, finding elapsed time, solving word problems, comparing numbers up to 4 digits, analyzing data and creating various graphs, finding area and perimeter, multiplication, division, and solving number sentences with missing numbers and symbols. It is a goal for students in third grade to first learn strategies to solve multiplication problems, and then memorize their facts through 9 x 5. We will also study geometry by learning how to describe 2D figures. Third graders will work with fractions to identify parts of a whole and parts of a set. They will be able to read and write a fraction correctly. When learning measurement, your child will identify units of length, capacity, and weight. 
     
    Plus, each week students will be taking a two minute timed fact test. This will not impact their grade. It is designed to help students memorize their facts. They will begin with addition and move through subtraction, multiplication, and possibly division.  
     
     
    Reading
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       We will continue to use the Harcourt Storytown textbooks as our core reading program. With each lesson we will study a comprehension skill, reading genre, phonics/spelling pattern, and vocabulary words. Comprehension skills will include: character, setting, fact and opinion, compare and contrast, cause and effect, inferencing, make predictions, plot, sequence, and problem and solution. We will often read a story from the textbook with each lesson that connects to the comprehension skill and the vocabulary words. The Harcourt Storytown series has many interesting stories that the students really enjoy. Each week we will send home a paper with the spelling/phonics pattern and vocabulary terms that are tested. One lesson usually lasts a week, but of course if there is a skill that requires additional practice we will extend the time we spend on it. You will often see that we study the same comprehension skill for two back-to-back lessons. This deepens the student's understanding of that skill and allows the teachers to address a more challenging concept.  
     
       Reading instruction will consist of guided reading groups each week, whole group lessons, teacher read aloud, and independent reading. Independent reading is encouraged through the Accelerated Reader program. 
     
       To practice reading fluency, student may read a passage to me on Friday and take it home to practice the following week. They should practice reading smoothly, pausing at punctuation, and correct phrasing. Students are encouraged to go back and correct themselves when they make an error as they read. I will have them reread the passage to me again on the following Friday to see how they improved. 
     
       You will also see that the students have a class called I/E. This stands for intervention and enrichment, and it is a reading class in which students are homogeneously grouped according to their reading level. During this time students will likely leave their homeroom to meet with another third grade teacher or meet with a learning support teacher or reading specialist for **RTII services.  Students will meet to read books and participate in activities that are geared toward their individual needs. The class may review a skill that we have done in our homeroom core reading time or extend those skills to a more advanced level of understanding. The I/E groups are flexible, and students will be moved to another I/E class if their needs change. 
     
    **Your child may be in our RTII program to help bring their reading ability up to grade level. If they are struggling with fluency, phonics, decoding, or comprehension they will work on it during I/E class. While your child is in this program we will be targeting the specific skill they need help with.
     
    Spelling
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        Spelling instruction will concentrate on a weekly spelling/phonics lesson that teaches a common spelling pattern. Students will be tested on knowing this rule and their ability to apply it. There will not be a list of spelling words to study. Students may be required to spell words on the test that follow the weekly rule, but the words will have been used to practice throughout the week. When you are helping with spelling homework or studying for the test, please emphasize the pattern we are learning. Remember that we will send home a paper for each lesson that has the spelling/phonics pattern on the back of the vocabulary words.
     
     
    English/Writing
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       At the beginning of the year, writing will focus on one paragraph with a topic sentence, three detail sentences, and a closing sentence. We will then progress to writing three paragraph pieces. The types of writing we will do include narrative, informational, and persuasive pieces. We are also continuing to implement a district-wide writing program entitled Collins Writing. It focuses on writing across-the-curriculum with students using writing to express their understanding of content, as well as improving targeting writing skills. As we work on a piece of writing, the students will be working on learning and practicing 3 or 4 aspects of writing. In the Collins Writing program, they are called FCA's (Focus Correction Areas). The students will be graded on these areas for that particular writing piece, because they will be the areas we have been working on. FCA's really allow students to concentrate and perfect a few aspects of writing at a time. FCA's in third grade will include: indenting, using capitals, complete sentences, proper punctuation, topic sentence, conclusion sentence, details, beginning-middle-end, use of transition words, time order, etc.
     
       In english class, students will continue to practice grammar rules and implement the rules in their writing. Often, grammar rules we are learning are used as FCA's or to help master and develop an FCA.
     
     
     
     
    Science and Social Studies
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       Science and Social Studies will be taught by your child's homeroom teacher. Each subject will be taught for about half a marking period, then we will switch to the other subject. In Science we will study the solar system, phases of the moon, states of matter, landforms, natural resources, recycling and conservation, and weather. During Social Studies this year the students will learn about community, map skills, and Pennsylvania History. 
     
      
     
     
Last Modified on August 20, 2018