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 3rd Grade

Reading

The reading portion of Third Grade covers all TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). The TEKS are organized into the following strands:

  • Reading – students read and understand a wide variety of literary  and informational texts
  • Writing – students compose a variety of written texts on a specific topic, use coherent organization, develop sufficient details, and expand sentences with the use of elaboration
  • Research – students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information
  • Listening & speaking – students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in a group setting
  • Oral & written conventions – students learn how to use oral and written conventions of the English language in both speaking and writing

The standards are cumulative and build on prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen reading, writing, and oral language skills. Daily independent practice is an important element in building a student’s fluency and comprehension. Individual reading goals are set for students. Each six weeks, students who meet their goals participate in fun-filled celebrations. As the first year for students to be introduced to the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), we develop and build test taking and comprehension strategies.  Using higher level thinking skills builds critical readers and thinkers.

Math

Third grade mathematics involves a well-balanced curriculum of continuous building and review of skills learned in previous grade levels, as well as new skills taught this year. Students build a foundation of basic understanding in number, operation, and quantitative reasoning. This includes using place value to communicate whole numbers in verbal and written form. Students use fraction names and symbols to describe fractional parts of whole numbers or sets of objects. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division play a vital role in students’ understanding and development of math skills and problem solving in third grade. Students also learn to estimate to determine reasonableness.

Using their understanding of patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking students solve problems. This involves identifying and extending number and geometric patterns. Students analyze attributes of two-dimensional geometric figures to develop generalizations about their properties, and select appropriate units, strategies, and tools to solve problems involving customary and metric measurement. Students solve problems by collecting, organizing, displaying, and interpreting data on pictographs, bar graphs, frequency tables and dot plots.

Problem solving is a major component of third grade curriculum. Students use a strategy that involves understanding the information, making a plan, solving the problem, and then checking their work for reasonableness.

Math objectives are taught and reviewed continually through several programs such as enVision math, Study Island, and Motivation Math. A variety of hands-on activities and games help to enhance student learning.

Science

Third grade science includes planning and safely implementing classroom and outdoor investigations using scientific methods, analyzing information, making informed decisions, and using tools to collect and record information. Students explore content and vocabulary in physical, earth, and life sciences. Each six weeks, students create science projects including Trash-to-Treasure, Fact/Fiction books, and models of landforms. “Fun Fridays” involve science discovery and investigation. Students work in teams to collect and analyze data. Conclusions are communicated in their science journals. Student-created puppet plays integrate language arts and science. Groups compose unique, humorous plays involving various third grade science topics.

Social Studies

Throughout the school year, students build a foundation in history, geography, economic and social influences, political influences, and social studies skills.

Third graders learn how diverse individuals have changed their community and world. Students study the effect of inspiring heroes on communities, past and present. To support learning, a variety of materials such as biographies, songs, and artworks are utilized. Students participate in a Live Museum in which they share how important historical individuals contributed to their community. Students learn about cultural traditions while studying Christmas Around the World. They enjoy making cultural decorations while learning about other countries and family customs.

Social studies is taught using a multi-faceted approach. Field trips and community projects promote an awareness of a world outside the classroom door.