3rd Grade Team
We love teaching our 3rd grade Parkwood Panthers! It’s a year of academic learning, growth in social skills & relationships, and becoming the true leaders of our primary children. Students will be enthusiastically engaged while developing deeper and more complex skills in language arts, math, science, and social studies. We will make connections across these various subjects in our curriculum, build on skills learned previously, and apply our learning in real-world situations!
In third grade we follow the Common Core State Standards, however we have specifically targeted some skills that are more critical for math success for this year and the years beyond. Please help us help your student by ensuring that they are experts in the standards below:
3rd Grade Math Essential Standards
- Add and subtract within 1,000, using strategies based on place value.
- Solve Multiplication and Division problems within 100.
- Show that a fraction is an equal part of a whole.
- Show that some fractions are the same size as others even if they have different names and they will be able to compare and order fractions.
- State the properties of 4-sided shapes and figure out their perimeter and area.
- Tell time to the minute and solve problems about elapsed time.
- Measure using rulers using the American Standard System and the Metric System.
Bridges in Mathmatics is our math curriculum. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Our math curriculum includes geometry, a focus on patterns, as well as connections to real life math experiences. We emphasize problem-solving strategies, which prepare students to solve higher level thinking problems. Communicating mathematical thinking is also a point of emphasis in our instruction. In third grade, students will learn to tackle mathematical problems and persevere in solving them.
Our main objectives for our students in reading are to become independent and fluent readers. Our students learn to apply a variety of decoding and comprehension skills, as well as an increased vocabulary, to understand and enjoy what they read!
We will work in class to practice these skills (phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling) while reading a variety of texts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry). The main resource we use to support our curriculum is called Wonders. Students read a variety of stories and texts to practice comprehension skills, strategies and fluency throughout the year.
Our writing program emphasizes:
- Narrative writing. (Story writing)
- Informational Writing (Nonfiction research and reports, writing about science, social studies and nonfiction topics, step-by-step explanations of how things are done.)
- Opinion Writing (They will express their opinions about a variety of topics and back up those opinions with reasons why they think the way they do.)
- Ongoing writing about their reading, science and math.
In addition to the essential standards, we focus on building a community of writers where students share their ideas. We use children’s stories to highlight key aspects of writing to get students talking passionately about their writing!
Writing will also be integrated throughout the day in all areas of the curriculum, especially in science, social studies, and health.
We have three Carolina Science Kits for the school year that follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The science units we explore are::
- Rocks and Minerals (Earth Science)
- Plant Growth & Development (Life Science)
- Sound (Physical Science)
Social studies helps our students develop into responsible citizens and appreciate a wide variety of cultures.
Social Studies in 3rd grade includes:
- Geography and mapping skills
- Historical events and timelines
- Native Americans & their environments
*Culminating event of our Social Studies Unit on Native Americans.
*Usually the beginning of June
We have regular classroom meetings featuring routines and themes taken from the Second Step curriculum. These meetings serve as a supportive and safe place for our students to learn new social and emotional learning strategies and to ask for help in solving problems.
Second steps includes a variety of lessons that help foster social and emotional learning. Some of the concepts include, compassion, empathy, friendship, kindness, self-control, community, and to be an individual who is aware of themselves and those around them.