Welcome to grade three! Students in third grade participate in a variety of classroom experiences to expand their love of learning and develop their academic, social and physical skills. The following descriptions present a brief overview of the comprehensive program.
Language Arts: Students in third grade continue to develop and expand their literacy skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, speaking and listening by engaging in a variety of lessons and activities based on the Common Core State Standards and the Anne Arundel County Reading/Language Arts Program. They become more independent in utilizing before, during, and after strategies as they engage in fluent reading and comprehension of complex literary and informational text. As writers, they engage in opinion, informative, and narrative writing while practicing handwriting skills. Students learn to compose pieces that incorporate language conventions. Students respond to text-dependent questions and write to source in all content areas. Technology skills are developed during the third grade year. Students develop a more sophisticated understanding about utilizing online resources and interact with a variety of computer applications as well as conduct research. Technology supports learning in all curricular areas.
Mathematics: The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Integrated Mathematics PreK-5 Program has implemented the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. These standards are a set of high-quality academic goals which provide rigor, focus, and coherence to prepare our students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. The mathematical concepts taught in Grade 3 include:
· Number and Operations in Base 10
· Number and Operations - Fractions
· Operations and Algebraic Thinking
· Measurement and Data
A variety of resources are employed to teach the mathematical skills that include, but are not limited to, Ready Common Core, Teaching Student Centered Mathematics, Mastering the Basic Facts, Number Talks, Hands-On Standards, web based resources, and computer programs such as FASTT Math.
Students develop mathematical thinking through the integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. These practices require students to persevere when solving problems, explain their reasoning to others, choose appropriate mathematical tools, and be accurate. These practices are incorporated into daily lessons and promoted through student discourse during lessons.
Students will acquire mathematical concepts and be able to apply them to real life situations. Periodic district assessments are given in conjunction with daily formative assessments, to determine the mastery of these skills. The assessment results will be available for the student to take home. Parents may assist in their child’s success in mathematics by checking homework nightly and communicating regularly with the classroom teacher. Additional materials and activities to be used at home can be found on the Pearson website at http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com. Teachers will provide students with a User Name and Password to access the website. Stretch-to-Go games are available to use at home through the Fastt Math website.
Science: Students continue to develop skills and processes to study properties of objects and materials, position and motion of objects, light, heat, electricity and magnetism and characteristics of organisms. Students use tools to measure and observe the properties of objects. Using their senses, students identify natural patterns and analyze changes, such as day and night, the seasons and objects in the sky. Students design and conduct science experiments selecting the appropriate science materials and tools provided by the teacher. Students may modify their ideas based on new information from developmentally appropriate readings, data, and the ideas of others. Students apply scientific information to understand a new situation and apply scientific concepts to make decisions. The topics are:
· Physics ( Motion, Heat, young Inventors)
· Chemistry ( Matter: Properties, Changes, Structure)
· Life Science (Cells, Recycling, Health Unit [Office of Health])
· Earth and Space Science (Earth’s Features, Ocean Floor)
· Waves (Sound)
Environmental Literacy: Student learn as part of their environmental literacy project, how composting is pretty cool. Students will learn about the process of composting and that composting helps reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. They will participate in composting at school for the fourth quarter of the year. This environmental literacy project is embedded in Unit 7 of the third grade science curriculum “A Bug’s Life.”
Social Studies: Students investigate important concepts from the disciplines of social studies: geography, economics, civics, and history and investigate the concept of culture. Students learn about the geography, economics and government of Anne Arundel County. Students continue to practice the skills of social studies: sequencing events, analyzing cause and effect, analyzing perspective, reading and writing independently. They also listen to children’s literature to learn concepts of social studies. They complete short writing assignments, and read and construct maps, charts, tables and graphs. The units studied are:
· Our Community
· Changes to Our Community
· Our Community at Work
· Governing Our Community
English Language Acquisition Program (ESOL): English Language Acquisition classes comply with the requirements of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goal of English Language acquisition instruction is to enable English Learners to construct meaning from oral and written language, express complex ideas and information, as well as access instruction. In order to accomplish this goal, the ELA curriculum is based on WIDA ELD standards:
· Social and Instructional Language
· The Language of Language Arts
· The Language of Math
· The Language of Science
· The Language of Social Studies
While the ELA teacher is responsible for English Language Development according to the WIDA ELD standards, the Maryland State Standards for College and Career Readiness, as well as National and State Content Standards, are the context used for teaching the language. All students who have been identified as eligible to receive English Language Acquisition services will take WIDA ACCESS, the annual assessment to measure English Language Proficiency.
Technology: Students increase their creativity, communicate and collaborate with others and gather, evaluate and analyze information and data using computers. They solve problems and make decisions in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of the social, ethical, and human issues related to technology.
We are looking forward to a year of learning for your third grader. If you desire additional information, please contact your child’s teacher.