Third graders will be using all of the wonderful foundational skills they’ve gained the past three years, but they will be applying them toward analyzing what they’re reading. In other words, primary students are learning to read, but our third graders are now ready to READ TO LEARN! They will also learn to respond to reading through various types of writing.
Third graders will formulate answers to questions such as: “What is typical weather in different parts of the world and during different times of the year? How can the impact of weather-related hazards be reduced? How do organisms vary in their traits? How are plants, animals, and environments of the past similar or different from current plants, animals, and environments? What happens to organisms when their environment changes? How do equal and unequal forces on an object affect the object? How can magnets be used?” They will learn about weather related hazards, develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of organisms’ life cycles, learn that organisms have different inherited traits and that the environment can affect the traits. They will also investigate the effects of forces on the motion of an object and the cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
In addition to reviewing and using previously learned math skills, some of the math topics this year include:
Place value Ordering and Comparing Rounding and Estimation Multiplication Division Fractions Geometric measurement Area and Perimeter Weight and Mass Time Graphs and Data
Third Grade Contextual Theme: Society My community and communities around the world As students broaden their understanding of the concept of community, they will expand their perspectives beyond just their roles in society to the global society at large. We will apply the disciplinary core concepts of civic mindedness, economic decision making, geographical reasoning and historical thinking through multiple perspectives and viewpoints.