AACPS is dedicated to ensuring 21st century readiness for every student. In fact, AACPS recognizes that when 21st century learning skills are embedded in the context of core academic subjects and taught to actively engage students in the learning process, our youth are better prepared to thrive in today’s digitally and globally interconnected world.
In third grade, students are enthusiastic about learning and want to spend more time with their peer group. Third graders cognitively develop the skills to process more abstract concepts and complex ideas. They begin to think for themselves and develop individual opinions, especially as they read and acquire information through print and non-print sources. Eight-year old's want to know the reasons behind things and want to investigate the world around them.
The design of the third-grade curriculum is student centered and built around the concept of investigation. In third grade, students will investigate new ways to engage, learn, and achieve through 21st century skills.
The learning platform is designed to be discipline driven while embracing the super skills for the 21st century – communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. This includes opportunities for investigation through inquiry-oriented exploration questions and concept connection. Within each discipline, attention is also given to engaging instruction through purposeful student discourse, game integration, and exploration of healthy minds and bodies.
Today’s students are moving beyond the basics and embracing the 4C’s:
- Communication: sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions
- Collaboration: working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise and smarts to work
- Critical Thinking: looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines
- Creativity: trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation & invention
The goal of teaching and learning in third grade is to:
- Promote the whole child – cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development
- Ensure a joy for learning
- Reinforce the role of student voice and choice