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3rd Grade Team Page


Students create, market and sell games and gifts at the 3rd grader's Bizarre Bazaar.

Curriculum

English Language Arts

Listening

  • Listen respectfully to peers and adults
  • Listen to teacher read-aloud daily - discuss plot, setting, vocabulary, etc.
  • Listen to and participate in class discussions
  • Follow directions

Speaking

  • Share creative writing with class
  • Present oral reports
  • Retell stories
  • Ask questions and seek information

Writing

Writing Process:

  • Pre-write, organize, write, confer, revise, share
  • Introduce paragraphs
  • Introduce writing techniques

Genres:

  • Poetry, narrative, report, letter writing, procedural writing, personal reflection, literature response


Spelling:

  • Learn the 100 most frequently used words
  • Use syllable rules to help spell correctly
  • Review days, months, numbers, colors patterns
  • Review digraphs, blends, diphthongs, and ending
  • Learn common prefixes and suffixes

Grammar, Usage and Mechanics

  • Begin study of parts of speech: verb, noun, adjective
  • Use appropriate ending punctuation• Capitalize proper nouns, titles, and “I
  • Use commas in series, addresses, and in letters

Handwriting:
  • Introduce upper and lower case cursive
  • Introduce reading of cursive

Reading

Reading Skills:
  • Continue to develop word analysis skills (syllables, phonics, prefixes & suffixes)
  • Increase word recognition (300 most frequently
    used words, content area vocabulary)
  • Improve fluency (punctuation, reading aloud,reading for an audience)


Reading Comprehension

  • Read and respond to various forms of literature
  • Summarize text
  • Identify main idea, supporting details, and sequence of events
  • Use context to expand vocabulary
  • Distinguish between fiction and nonfiction

Core Literature Studies

Teacher Read-Aloud Books:
Dominic; The Real Thief; Queen of Sheba; Half Magic; The Half-a-Moon Inn; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Sing Down the Moon; Streams to the River, Rivers to the Sea; Enemy at the Fort, Sign of the Beaver

Author Studies:

William Steig, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beverly Cleary or Roald Dahl

Genre Studies:

Imaginary animal stories, informational books, European folklore, Native American mythology, mock Caldecott picture books, poetry

Math

Numbers and Numeration

  • Recall addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts
  • Read and write ordinal numbers, whole numbers, decimals for money, and simple fractions
  • Use <, >, =, +, -, x, /
  • Identify place value to 10,000
  • Estimate answers
  • Round to nearest 10 and 100
  • Use expanded notation under 1,000
  • Recognize odd and even numbers
  • Recognize value of one or more coins up to $1.00
  • Make change up to five dollars
  • Understand commutative and associative properties with addition

Computation and Estimation

  • Add and subtract up to 3-digit numbers with regrouping
  • Subtract two 3-digit numbers with zeros
  • Multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number with regrouping
  • Estimate, then divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • Solve missing addend problems
  • Add money using decimal notation
  • Add and subtract fractions with common denominators

Measurement

  • Use a calendar
  • Know months, weeks, and days
  • Begin to understand volume
  • Estimate and measure length, perimeter, area, volume, and weight
  • Read, write and tell time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour, and minute
  • Use a thermometer (Cº and Fº)
  • Calculate elapsed time

Geometry

  • Classify angles
  • Identify, name and draw polygons
  • Recognize congruent and similar shapes and symmetry
  • Identify intersecting, parallel, and perpendicular lines
  • Identify characteristics of polyhedra

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collect, organize, represent, and interpret data from surveys and experiments using lists, tables, and graphs
  • Explore and pre

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Communication

  • Create and use a variety of strategies and approaches to solve problems
  • Make sensible and reasonable estimates

Patterns, Functions and Algebra

  • Identify, describe and extend a pattern
  • Determine a location on a grid using ordered pairs
  • Classify, sort and order objects
  • Distinguish between the intersection and the union of two sets

Science

Process Skills

  • Reinforce all of the K-2 skills plus:
  • Investigate, classify (time, space, patterns, common characteristics), collect and organize (information and materials), recognize patterns, predict, formulate questions

Content

Physical Science: Motion

  • Explore and observe characteristics of sound or motion (gravity, inertia, momentum)

Life Science: Woodland Habitat

  • Understand concepts of habitat and interdependence
  • Observe and understand concepts of diversity and adaptations of woodland species
  • Understand the concept of the forest as a system with ecological cycles
  • Learn about stewardship and how we can care for the forest environment

Earth Science: Soils
  • Learn the differences in soil types and attributes
  • Understand that soils have inorganic and organic layers
  • Understand the need for decomposition in new soil production

Health: Skeleton/Ear and Sound

  • Learn the basic components of the skeletal system
  • Learn the anatomy of the ear
  • Learn that sound travels in waves
  • Learn about adaptation of bones
  • Compare bones of humans and various animal
  • Learn about the function of the skeletal system

Social Studies

Norwich

  • Pre-history and settlement
  • Maps of the town

U.S. History

  • Westward movement
  • trails west
  • geography
  • the pioneer experience

U.S.Cultural Study

  • Native Americans of North America: A comparative study of indigenous people by geographic region including survival skills and world view

Geography

  • Globe and atlas study
  • Geographic place names in the world (lakes, deserts, mountain ranges, rivers)
  • Geography of North America

Social Skills

Civic and Social Responsibility

  • Think before acting
  • Take responsibility for actions

Communication

  • Listen to others
  • Observe social cues
  • Express appreciation of others

Personal Development

  • Cope positively when in uncomfortable situations
  • Know and follow class routines
  • Recognize own feelings and those of others

Art

The aim of the art program at the Marion Cross School is to provide children with specific skills and varied media to enable them to express their unique responses, ideas and reactions within a basic artistic framework. Throughout the year we do work in the art program that relates to the third grade curriculum. All students begin the year by contributing a piece to the all-school collaborative art project that celebrates our coming together to become a school community. They then go on to create a variety of works including flower paintings, ceramic pieces, Halloween worms, decorated wood letters, monoprints, Inkle looms weavings, paper mache globes, water colors, self-portraits with mirrors, Native American studies (terra cotta coil vessels, leather pouches, paper mache rain sticks or rattles, sand paintings), ArtStart, and LEEEP art books (forests).

Guidance


The school counselor, Katie Cormier, visits each Third Grade classroom bi-weekly. We use the Zones Of Regulation Program to increase students’ self-regulation skills and feelings vocabulary. This work builds upon the skills developed in the Second Step lessons in grades K-2. In addition to the Zones, our amazing local resource, WISE, comes to conduct We Care Elementary lessons, which focus on different topics related to healthy relationships. Mr. Minelli, MCS’s technology teacher, also comes in to co-teach for two lessons with Katie on internet safety based on common sense media’s digital citizenship program. There are also supplemental lessons focused on mindfulness, kindness, diversity, and being an upstander (anti-bullying). Role plays, stories, video clips and movement are all used to help practice these skills.

Information Technology


Best practices in education indicate that technology is best incorporated into a student’s education as an embedded “tool” used to support learning in the major curricular fields. This means that tech isn’t something just to “do” for students; rather it is used where appropriate to help students succeed in their other subject areas.

Toward those goals, 3rd grade students at MCS regularly use the iPads for various learning opportunities. This includes several different apps that help with help with things such as math skills, understanding the continents and geography, and exploring parts of the human body. MCS uses the assessment software, Track My Progress, and 3rd grade students are testing 4 times per year in Math and ELA using a computer adaptive test that can help teachers and parents understand the student’s strengths in various areas of these subjects. 3rd grade students also are using Symphony Math to help improve their math concepts and understanding and are given subscriptions to iXL mathematics to improve their math skills. Along with Katie Cormier, our school counselor, we also use a select group of lessons with 3rd grade students about the topic of safe computer use. These include such areas as computer safety, privacy, and the prevention of Cyberbullying. The lessons come from the highly regarded I.S. site, Common Sense Media.

Library Skills

Organization and Location of Library Materials
  • Know how books in the fiction and non-fiction collections are shelved (alphabetically or by Dewey decimal system)
  • Locate the poetry and sports collections.

Use of Library Browser Online Catalog

  • Know how to access and use the online catalog

Use of the Dewey Decimal System

  • Begin to understand the Dewey Decimal System
  • Understand call numbers and their use

Use of Reference Collection

  • Locate the reference collection and understand its use
  • Use the alphabetical arrangement of an encyclopedia to locate a subject with help


Recognition of Parts of a Book

  • Identify and find table of contents and index

Research and Reporting Techniques

  • Find non-fiction books on a specfic topic
  • Take notes and compile them into a report with some assistance

Recognition of Fiction and Non-Fiction>

  • Define the difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Distinguish between non-fiction books about animals and fictional animal stories
  • Recognize realistic fiction

Selection and Evaluation Techniques

  • Select materials she/he is able to read
  • Apply criteria for excellent picture books to new books
  • Extend reading by selecting books by favorite author

Literature Appreciation

  • Recognize characters and authors of favorite books
  • Analyze types, motifs, character and structure of folktales and begin to retell simple folktales

Music

The music program at the Marion Cross School is designed to help students develop the skills needed to realize a rewarding and joyful lifetime musical experience and to realize their own and other’s innate ability and need to create.

In third grade, students do a wide variety of activities with an emphasis on learning through singing games, movement and dance. The skills developed in singing focus on pitch, ensemble singing as in rounds and some solo opportunities. All third grade students participate in our 3/4 chorus. The students also gain knowledge of rhythmic elements through improvisation, movement and the study of ostinato. Listening to musical styles of Western Music is a component of this year. Students start learning the recorder and through this medium as well as music technology, begin the process of learning music notation. Students perform in their chorus concert, Holiday and May Festival programs and in “rep”.

PE

The main objective of the physical education program for grade three is to encourage all children to enjoy and participate in physical activities. Third graders begin more work on game related skills and rules of basketball, soccer, kickball, volleyball, tennis, baseball/softball, badminton, frisbee, lacrosse and track and field activities. They continue to work on social skills and on knowing and following safety rules. Wellness and fitness information and activities promote and teach healthy lifestyles. Snowshoeing and orienteering are introduced in conjunction with classroom work involving the LEEEP program. Games using locomotor and non-locomotor skills and manipulatives also make up a good part of the third grade curriculum.

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