Third grade can be defined as a year of transformation. We are shaping young learners academically and beginning to mold students that are responsible, organized and enthusiastic about their quest for knowledge.
Many students take off this year in reading. Basic skills and higher level thinking skills are introduced. Exposure to various genre is exciting and challenging for the students. AR, Scholastic News and National Geographic Explorer are all woven into the reading curriculum. Our visit to the Columbus Library is one of the reading highlights. Each student has a library card in hand when they leave! To reinforce grammar skills, we use Daily Grammar which provides continuous exposure, review, and practice.
Math skills include mastery of facts, problem solving, making change, and elapsed time. Math Tracks aids with mastery of facts, utilizes virtual manipulatives and can be accessed at home as well as school. Of course, learning to multiply is big part of our year! We also work on concepts of division, measurement and fractions. In order to accommodate individual needs, we have incorporated Accelerated Math.
Students soon discover what a big world we live in as we work on an in depth study of the continents and oceans. Map and globe skills, landforms, communities and government are integrated into our program. Current events, holidays, explorers, and famous Americans are also discussed throughout the year. We learn more about our home state of Georgia . Our study of Columbus ends with a fun and informative visit to the Historic District. Science is a great way to learn about ecosystems, spiders, our solar system and simple machines. We look forward to visiting Mr. Pate and seeing the world through his eyes. We help keep our outdoor classroom clean. Third graders experience going to the intermediate science lab once a week to do fun experiments and activities.
Writing and language skills, Spanish, art, music and computer keyboarding help to round out a fun and exciting year at Brookstone.
Phonemic Awareness skills are continued from previous years. Comprehension skills require third graders to interpret literary and informational texts; make predictions from content; distinguish fact from opinion; recognize plot, setting and character within text; interpret information from illustrations, diagrams, charts, graphs, and graphic organizers; identify cause and effect; draw conclusions; identify basic elements of a variety of genres; and recognize the author's purpose. Third graders use the vocabulary series used in intermediate and middle school.
Language requires students to use correct sentence and paragraph structure, combine sentences, and recognize and use the parts of speech correctly.
Students refine cursive handwriting, paragraphs, book reports, letters, and creative writing.
Spelling skills require students to apply letter sound knowledge to decode unknown words quickly and accurately. They learn the use of prefixes, suffixes, homophones, and homographs in spelling words and determining meaning.
Math skills include whole numbers through hundred thousands, adding and subtracting numbers through thousands, multiplication facts, multiplying 4-digit numbers by 1 digit number, dividing up to 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, measuring with customary and metric units, simple algebraic and geometry concepts, data analysis and probability, and problem solving. We are using the Accelerated Math Program to help diagnose students' understanding of math concepts. Based on data gathered, math teams are formed each quarter to better meet the needs of each student.
Life Science focuses on living things, food chain and webs, habitats, kinds of animals, spiders, conservation and recycling.
Earth Science deals with attributes of types of rocks, soil, and fossils; cause of day, night and seasons, sun, moon phases, and planets.
Physical Science includes light and heat energy, and magnetism.
Geography focuses on continents, oceans, hemispheres, major rivers, deserts, mountain ranges of the world, and major landforms. Students study map skills and learn how geography influences community settlement.
Economics includes goods and services, communities' resources, trade, transportation of goods, needs and wants and the choices individuals make.
Civics deals with local, state, and national government, three branches of government, leaders, and national symbols.
Culture includes Native Americans, pioneers, urban, suburban, and rural communities, and different cultural celebrations around the world.
History studies historical events including Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Anniversary of Lewis and Clark, Birthday of MLK, and President's Day.
Third grade art continues to focus on the elements of art, art appreciation, art history, and studio techniques. Students are introduced to drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as the use and care of art materials. Students study various artists and add to their knowledge of art styles. Various styles are judged: realistic, abstract, and expressive. Students add perspective and depth to their work as well as movement and emotion.
Students learn songs for the Third grade play, the Christmas program, and a variety of songs that reinforce musical concepts. Third graders work on singing with a pleasing tone and good pitch and vocal techniques of posture, breathing and vowel formation. Song and folk dances with movements that continue to reinforce the concepts of beat and rhythm are introduced.
Students accompany songs on the rhythm instruments, play rhythms with notes and rests, and practice starting and stopping together as they play. Students create new lyrics to familiar tunes and create their own accompaniments to songs on the rhythm instruments. Listening experiences include music of other countries, families of the orchestra, and selections that illustrate musical terms. Pre-reading concepts taught are melodic movement by step, skip and repeated note, and reading rhythms with notes and rests. Third graders learn a beginning vocabulary of musical terms, follow the words and notes written on the musical staff, and identify the sound of the major, minor, and chromatic scales.
Third grade students have the opportunity to try-out for the Cougar Chorus that performs at events at Brookstone School and in the local community.
Advanced basic computer skills and touch keyboarding are taught as well as more advanced word processing skills (formatting techniques-fonts, graphics, tabs, spacing, alignment, and proofreading). Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students continue to practice greetings and introductory remarks, alphabet and vowels, general commands, gender of nouns with definite and indefinite articles, numbers 1-20 by 10s, 5s, and 2s, colors, phone numbers, addresses, prices, days of the week, months of the year, items in the classroom, parts of the body, clothing, our community, directions, home, foods, family, description of self or friend, professions and occupations, descriptive adjectives, possessive adjectives, weather, seasons, animals, telling time, Spanish speaking countires in the Americas (geography, foods, cultural facts), and holiday celebrations in Latin America and Spain. Third graders concentrate on written expression, communicative skills, and reading in Spanish.
Skills presented in previous grades are reinforced. Students learn about other reference materials, reports, note taking, bibliographies, and begin to use the internet as a source of information, along with many other electronic sources now available. They learn what constitutes a source and what it means to plagiarize. They do simple reference reports, and concentrate on folk stories, biographies, and other genres. They continue working in the automated card catalog, and finding books on the shelves by their call numbes. AR test are also a big part of their reading activities..
Third grade physical education reinforces the skills taught in second grade. There is an increased emphasis on physical fitness and conditioning. Students are being assessed thorugh their participation and overall individual improvement of the skills and activities. A concentration on team building activities increases the student's understanding of team concepts such as cooperation and sportsmanship. Team activities include: indoor soccer, sideline basketball, long jump roping, and floor hockety. Students participate in a pre and post physical fitness test called Fitnessgram.