St. Andrew's Third Grade

2014-2015

Welcome, families of Third Graders

What follows is a curriculum overview of what we will be guiding your child through during the school year.

An Overview of the Year

Third Grade is a year of much growth, for both students and their parents. We are here to guide you and you child through this process.

Social and Emotional Learning

We use social emotional learning to foster a sense of community, positive relationship building, curriculum discussion, reflection, and goal setting. Morning Meeting time is a purposeful daily practice used to set the foundation and flow of each day. We use common language, daily schedules, and behavioral expectations and redirection to facilitate the comfort of consistency and structure for our learners.

Literacy

Balanced Literacy Approach


  • Reading Workshop
  • Writing Workshop
  • Word Study

Reading Workshop

Our goal in third grade is to develop active readers who. . .


  • find joy, meaning and fulfillment in reading


  • choose appropriate texts that match their interest, purpose and reading ability


  • engage in conversations around text


  • are to strategic in their approach to word solving and meaning making in texts


  • react and respond to text, orally and in writing


  • make connections across texts that inform their reading of new texts


  • stretch themselves as readers through exposure to new genres and increasingly challenging texts.

Writing Workshop

Our goal in third grade is to develop writers who. . .


  • see themselves as authors with stories to tell


  • understand their audience and craft writing pieces to match their audience and their purpose


  • write for their audience being mindful of grammar, vocabulary and writing mechanics and conventions


  • understand the connection between reading and writing and use this understanding to help them craft their writing pieces


  • use mentor texts, studying what published authors do and figuring out how to emulate that author’s craft


  • understand and use the Writing Process (plan, draft, revise, edit, publish)


  • use writing as a tool for thinking and learning.

Spelling

Our goal in third grader is to develop spellers who:


  • are increasingly independent, using strategies to spell new words


  • understand increasingly more spelling patterns and rules, as well some of the exceptions to these rules


  • understand more about the structure of words and how this knowledge can be used to help them spell new words


  • take risks in their spelling, stretching themselves to take a stab at spelling increasingly complex words.
Big image

Vocabulary and Grammar

Vocabulary:

  • First year with Vocabulary Workshop
  • Direct instruction, focusing on context clues
  • Strategies to study
  • Website
  • Recognizing vocabulary words in their personal reading


Grammar:

  • Builds on the instruction in Second Grade
  • Based on a workbook, but looking for authentic uses of grammar too
  • Strategies to identify Grammar concepts
  • Website
  • Units include:
· Sentences

· Nouns

· Verbs

· Adjectives and Adverbs

· Pronouns

· Capitalization, Punctuation, and Spelling

Mathematics

In an effort to help our learners understand why and how they learn math, we strive to apply our learning to students' experiences. Through math department collaboration and alignment meetings, we work to understand, and lay the foundation for, the progression of math through grade 12. With the use of hands on manipulatives, math journals, number exploration, and math vocabulary discussion, we aim to ignite an understanding of math concepts as well as problem solving technique. We align with common core guidelines set forth by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Social Studies and Science

In Third Grade, we alternate our Science and Social Studies units of study every six weeks.

Science units of study focus on content and learning how to use non-fiction texts. Measurement, observation, and making/testing hypotheses are skills that the students will learn as they go through their studies this year.

Science Unit of Study:

  • Dinosaurs and Fossils
  • Tropical Rainforests and Ecosystems
  • Climate Change


Social Studies provides more opportunity to focus on the strategies of using non-fiction texts. Students develop skills of empathy, historical sequencing, cause and effect, and seeing how our surroundings affect the lives of both humans and plant (and vice versa). Through the context of their studies, students develop a respect for all people.

Social Studies Units of Study:

  • Native Americans of the Great Plains (focus on Sioux)
  • American Government
  • Rivers Around the World
Big image