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third grade curriculum

The third grade curriculum incorporates and extends the concepts and skills found in the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and within the North East Standards.

Math:  Because third graders need to be problem solvers in math, varied activities are used which allow students to learn to find answers and check for reasonableness.  Students become proficient in using addition and subtraction, and learn to use multiplication and division strategies.  Geometry, Fractions, Measurement, and, Money are tied to the students’ real-world experiences.  Throughout the year, an understanding of numbers is stressed.  As concepts are introduced and mastered, students develop an interest in and a positive attitude toward math. They are encouraged to communicate using mathematical language as they explain their thinking to others orally and in writing.  Third Graders take the TAKS Math Test which checks for mastery of 13 objectives as defined by the state.  Our curriculum covers these and much more.  The sequence of math instruction (as set by the North East District) will be as follows:  Statistics, Multiplication/Division/Patterns, Number
Concepts, Addition/Subtraction/Patterns, Geometry, Measurement, and Fractions.

Language Arts:  Our Language Arts program offers students the opportunity to read fiction and non-fiction selections from the basal reader, trade books (which are part of literature units), and student-selected books.  Third grade is a time when students shift from “LEARNING TO READ” to “READING TO LEARN.”  Comprehension of what is read becomes of utmost importance, while decoding strategies continue to be reviewed as appropriate.  Summarizing, using context clues to gain meaning, and distinguishing fact from opinion in texts are stressed in third grade so that students will become independent readers of all types of writing.  As they read, they are asked to write about what they learn.  Because writing is an integral part of sharing information, students write with varied purposes in mind.  Whether researching inventors, comparing characteristics of historical figures, or writing letters, and stories, students are encouraged to improve upon their writing skills.  As they write, they practice using grammar, punctuation skills, and spelling skills, which make them better writers.  Third Graders take the TAKS Reading Test which checks for mastery of 6 major objectives in Reading.

Social Studies:  The focus in third Grade is on communities and individuals who have contributed to them.  If we know more about other people and how they live or lived, it helps us understand ourselves and appreciate where and how we live.  Topics such as geography, government, economics, historical figures, and customs of others are included in our studies of communities.  Using the text, books from the library, and the Internet expands the possibilities for learning and sharing information with others.

Science:  Our curriculum requires students to get involved.  Third graders use the text, experimentation activities, and real-world resources (such as the newspaper and the Internet) to extend their knowledge and skills.    Students investigate areas of Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science as they study organisms, ecosystems, magnetism, gravity, the existence of systems, the effects of force, and components of the natural world.  Our students will experience Science as a process of investigation and experimentation as they develop a questioning mind about the world around us.