The thinking skills for a successful learner multiply at the third grade level. The thought process of the student is becoming more structured and organized. Systematic problem solving begins to emerge and the child will start to apply rules to academic situations. Third graders start to master primary knowledge and move to higher thinking levels.Third Grade CurriculumSocial Studies
ScienceChildren are engaged in inquiry-based, student-centered and hands-on activities as the learn about:
- World Geography
- Lenni Lenape
- Regions of the United States
- New Jersey: Geography, Resources, Government and Economy
Writing WorkshopFollowing the writing process, children write in many genres, including:
- Unit 1: Weather and Climate
- Unit 2: Environment and Living Things
- Unit 3: Forces and Motion
- Unit 4: Life Cycles and Traits
In each of the following components, children learn fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, critical thinking skills and the habits of successful, life-long readers.
- Personal Narratives
- Realistic Fiction
- Personal Essay
- Writing in the Content Area (Science)
- Writing about Reading (Literary Essay)
- Independent Reading (reading books of our choice, independently and quietly for a sustained amount of time).
- Reading partnership and book club discussion about books in a variety of genres, including: realistic fiction, mystery, historical fiction, folktales, biographies, non-fiction and more.
- Writing about our reading
- Shared reading of short texts (like poems).
- Interactive read aloud of novels and picture books
As children learn these concepts, they continually work on their math process skills of problem-solving, reasoning, communicating, making connections among topics and representing their mathematical thinking in a variety of ways.
- We will study the patterns, sounds and meaning of groups of related words. Sometimes, we will study words on our personal spelling lists.
- We will review manuscript handwriting and learn cursive writing.
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction