Grade 3

Reading: 90 minutes daily

Students spend time being instructed by the teacher in both whole group and small group settings. They work cooperatively to enrich their content knowledge through a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. We also spend time focusing on phonics, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Those skills are taught using the McGraw Hill’s Treasures reading series. Teachers facilitate spelling word patterns through individualized words utilizing the Words Their Way program. We use high-quality leveled texts to support literature circles and student-led discussions.

 

Writing: 30 minutes daily

Using the Lucy Calkins Workshop Model, students are engaged in composing narrative, persuasive, and informative writing pieces. We focus on adding details, paragraphs, and dialogue within their writings. We foster the theory that writing is an on-going process therefore students are continually working to revise and expand their writing pieces. By the spring, students will choose several compositions of their work to be bound in a book for publication.

 

Mathematics: 80 minutes daily

The Everyday Mathematics standards based curriculum is used to guide differentiated math instruction. Each day students engage in hands-on math activities that encourage them to work cooperatively and take ownership of their learning. Unlike traditional math, during each unit students are grouped by their content knowledge on the specified skills that are being taught. Daily they spend time playing math games, using computers, reviewing previously taught math skills as well as receiving direct instruction from two different teachers.

 

Science/Social Studies: 45-60 minutes daily

Science and Social Studies is taught on an alternating six-week schedule. Teachers use the IB framework to integrate FOSS modules. In third grade, students will explore The Human Body, Magnets and Electricity, and Soils, Rocks, and Landforms. Students participate in hands-on experiments in cooperative groups as related to the state standards. Teacher have developed IB units of inquiry to teach Who We Are, How the World Works, and Sharing the Planet (three of the IB transdisciplinary themes).

Through teaching IB units of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, and How We Express Ourselves, students explore various concepts in regards to immigration and migration, economics, and communications. We spend time completing service projects in the community as well as exploring the history of the community we live in.