Curriculum and Core KnowledgeReading:Phonemic Awareness is the understanding that spoken words are madeof individual sounds (syllable,s rimes, onsets, and larger unitsof sound).
Phonics: Decoding is the process of translating written words into speech(word blending, word building).Fluency is reading with speed, accuracy, and expressionat an appropriate rate. Fluency sounds like natural speech.
Vocabulary: The more words a student acquires, the better chancethey will have success in reading, writing, and spelling.In 3rd grade, they will use knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, contractions,compound words, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms todetermine the meaning of words.
Comprehension is the complex process of constructing meaningfrom texts. Students will read informational, expository,functional, persuasive, and fictional texts. They will learn avariety of strategies to understand the text.Spalding: http://www.phonogrampage.com/
Writing - We use the Write From the Beginning programThroughout third grade students will use the writing traits and writingprocess to publish a variety of writing pieces such as:NarrativeNarrative Writing: Expressive writing includes personal narratives(personal experience), stories, poetry, songs, and dramaticpieces. Writing may be based on real or imagined events.
Persuasive Writing: Persuasive writing is used for the purpose ofinfluencing the reader. The author represents an issueand expresses an opinion in order to convince the audienceto agree with the opinion or to take a particular action.Persuasive writing projects will include writing advertisementsand persuasive paragraphs.
Expository Writing: Nonfiction writing that describes, explains,informs or summarizes ideas and content. The writing supports athesis based on research, observation and/or experiences.Students will be writing summaries, newspaper articles,reflections, and keeping journals.
Functional Writing: Functional writing provides specific directions orinformation related to real-world tasks. this includes friendly letters,thank you notes, invitations, schedules, procedures, recipes, directions,for specific content areas.
Research: Research writing is the process in which the writer identifiesa topic or question to learn more about. The writer locates and evaluatesinformation about the topic or question and synthesizes the information.
Literary Response: A literary response is the writer's reaction to aliterary selection. The response includes the writer's interpretation,analysis, opinion and/or feelings about the piece of literature andselected elements within it. Students will write reflections, journalentries, book reviews, and responses that connect text to self,text to world, and text to text.Students will also learn cursive and be required to use it for much oftheir writing starting in the second quarter.MathematicsComponents of our Mathematics ProgramSaxon MathIn third grade, we teach math accelerated one year, so third graders are working on fourth grade skills and concepts.
Students love the challenge. I think this will be an exciting year for your child in math.We will begin learning cursive during the first quarter. By the end of the year yourchild will be able to write in Spalding cursive. They will learn upper and lowercaseletters, proper connections between letters, and how to form words andsentences.
Core Knowledge: Science/Social StudiesThis is an outstanding curriculum that will expand your child's mind in learning.Core Knowledge builds on prior knowledge from grade to grade which avoidsrepetition of material. The Core Knowledge curriculum stems from the idea thatall students should attain a "core" or common body of knowledge. This knowledgebase includes a strong understanding of all curriculum and concepts.
* E - It eliminates gaps and repetitions in student learning
* P - It provides an important foundation for future learning
* P - It promotes fairness and excellence for all students* H - It helps provide a common ground for communication
Core Knowledge:Science and Social Studies Units of StudySCIENCE / SOCIAL STUDIES SEQUENCE
OctoberNative AmericansHuman Body
NovemberThirteen ColoniesAnimal Classifications
JanuarySpanish ExplorationCanadaFood Chains/Pollution
Ancient RomeEarth Layers