The 3rd grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes reading, sharing, and the agenda for the day. In third grade, students move from learning to read to reading to learn!
Our reading curriculum includes explicit instruction in lessons through a variety of genres with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. In third grade, students engage in novel studies, further developing their decoding, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina. Daily oral language development is practiced through language activities and skills practice. Students continue to develop comprehension strategies to understand complex texts including cause and effect, classifying and categorizing, comparing and contrasting, fact and opinion, main idea and details, making inferences, and sequencing.
Through our writing curriculum, third grade students master the process of writing a complete paragraph with a topic sentence, detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. Grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling remains a crucial part of the ELA portion of each lesson. Students practice different types of writing including poetry, friendly letters, fairy tales, persuasive, narrative, expository, and descriptive writing. Cursive writing is taught in third grade.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students explore concepts in place value, addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, multiplication and division, measurement and time, and statistics and probability. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.
In third grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. The core areas of the third grade science curriculum include: animals, plants, water, weather, rocks, natural resources, space, and more! Social Studies concepts taught in third grade include geography and South Carolina history.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations, a biography wax museum, and Salute to South Carolina program that builds confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.
Student Leadership opportunities begin in third grade including Student Council, Battle of the Books, Quiz Bowl, and Spelling Bee.