Third Grade: Fall Perspective
Fall is a time of transition and exploration for third graders. They are becoming more independent in their reading and writing. They are learning to consistently apply the strategies that good readers use.
STRATEGIES PROFICIENT READERS USE
In math, our third graders continue to grow their understanding of place value and number sense. Multiplication & Division and Fractions are the two largest units of study this year. Students work to build their repertoire of problem-solving strategies and learn to explain their thinking using pictures, numbers, and words. We emphasize the practice standards listed below in all of our lessons.
The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:
In Social Studies, third graders will be figuratively traveling back in time to experience what it was like to live as a Pilgrim or a Wampanoag in the 1600’s. They will learn about the culture, religion, dress, and language of that time period. As part of this unit of study, third graders visit Plimoth Plantation.
In Science, third graders explore the design and engineering process. We head-start Blanding’s turtles and learn about how weather can impact an environment. Much of our science work is integrated across the curriculum areas, with many opportunities for the four classes to work together.
Social competency and communications are also hallmarks of the third grade experience. Children participate in Open Circle in their classrooms. They learn to collaborate while working on mini -units with students from other third grade classes as well. Third graders participate in our Parent- Student-Teacher conferences, which start in October and then take place again in the spring.
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