Language Arts The goal of the Grade 3 Language Arts Curriculum is to help students enhance their reading fluency, build upon their comprehension of text and begin to connect their written work with literature. We will read a wide variety of genres of literature including biographies, poetry, and fiction. In using a wide variety, we will incorporate these into our major themes such as reading, writing, phonics, spelling, grammar, penmanship, vocabulary and research projects. This will help increase the student’s love of learning. Students participate daily in all areas of our language arts block throughout the curriculum. Students read for fluency/comprehension of text using a variety of strategies, such as: context clues, visualization of events, character analysis, prior knowledge, and making predictions. Picture walking and browsing are also used. In addition, the students work on summarizing and critical analysis techniques. Each week, children work with 20 vocabulary/spelling words that accompany each reading/subject type. Phonemic awareness skills are reviewed and integrated throughout. Students work in individual subject journals for a variety of skills kept, such as vocabulary, literary terms, and their own work. Each student keeps a poetry journal in which a new poem every week is read and interpreted with the poetic device. The John Collins Writing program is used throughout the curriculum. A portfolio is kept of all work to show strengths and areas of need as well as progress. Mathematics In Grade 3, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. These standards will be accomplished through classroom demonstrations and discussions. The use of manipulatives in class lessons and work in cooperative groups. At times students will be asked to write or draw how they got their answer in their math journal. The teacher will use drill exercises in class and at home. Approximately every three weeks students will have tests. Students will get the chance to play math games and use calculators and software programs. Students will understand that the knowledge of math facts and problem-solving strategies will help them in other areas of their life. Religion The overall goal of the Grade 3 religion curriculum is to develop an understanding of the basics of Christian/Catholic doctrine, morality, and scripture. The religion program presents the complete Catholic catechesis, through a variety of themes (Creation, Worship, Service, Sacraments, etc.) within the context of the Church community. Teachers and students rely on their everyday experiences and immediate environment (classroom, family, and school) to present, explore, and apply the concepts and ideas taught in the religion program. Science The overall goal of the Grade 3 Science Curriculum is to continue to explore various scientific concepts within the main scientific domains (earth, life, and physical). The science curriculum is a comprehensive collection of hands-on experiments, activities, and projects designed to develop scientific literacy in children. These projects will help children explore the wonders of the world in which they exist. Grade 3 Focus on inquiry, minerals, weather, soil, weathering and erosion, solar system objects, plants and photosynthesis, motion, energy, technology. Social Studies The overall goal of the Grade 3 History and Social Science Curriculum is to introduce the topics and skills of geography, history, civics/government, economics. This program guides and supports students in developing geographic literacy, early understanding of major historical events (United States history and introduction to world history), sense of the link between past and present, familiarity with basic economic concepts and skills. The knowledge students will acquire through the Third Grade History and Social Science Program is ultimately aimed at helping them to become well-informed, confident, compassionate, and responsible members of their classroom/school, family, national, and world communities.