Our reading program will be based upon the Guided Reading approach. Students
will acquire skills and strategies during Shared Reading lessons and will
practice and apply them during their Independent Reading time. Students will
read books on their specific reading level so that each child is challenged
in the correct manner, while not becoming frustrated when reading. Guided
Reading groups will meet with the teacher weekly to monitor progres and help
students to gain deeper meaning into the books they are reading. Students
will learn many reading strategies this year and should be able to tell you
what they are and how they use them to better comprehend when reading.
Students practice reading skills and strategies while immersed
in literature. Reading instruction is designed to be differentiated so that
the needs of all learners are met.
Throughout the year, skills and strategies such as utilizing context
clues,vocabulary, drawing conclusions, inferring, responding to the
literature in writing, and demonstrating literal and higher level
comprehension will be worked on.
Students will have a Vocabulary Workshop book this year. They will study the words in context and will be tested on each chapter and unit.
Students will be working on improving their writing skills this year. The
children will use The Writing Process and engage in self-editing, peer
editing, and teacher conferencing to help enhance the quality of their
writing. Writing will take place daily, in various forms and span across all
content areas. This year an emphasis will be put on supporting ideas with text-based
Spelling is a natural extension of reading and writing.Activities will take place to
reinforce spelling strategies.Students' spelling will be assessed in their writing assignments.
Third greaders will be using the EnVision math program. This program consists of a great deal of higher level thinking and
problem solving. Each lesson will cover a Common Core standard and starts with a video presenting the concepts the children will learn in the day's lesson.
There will be a heavy focus on multiplication, division, fractions and geometry this year
Students will work with multi-step word problems, which will
require them to rely on a variety of strategies in order to solve them.
Students will also focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
The children will be challenged to memorize all of their facts. The class
will also be working on solving word problems using all operations (addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division). Students will practice showing
all of their work including pictures, number sentences, word sentences, and a
key when solving word problems. To start the school year, students will
review basic addition and subtraction facts and quickly progress to
challenging word problems. It is very important that all addition and
subtraction facts through 18 are memorized.
In social studies, students will be learning all about communities. Students
will be working with a variety of resources to explore many different types
of communities from all over the world. Students will also be immersed in map
work. We will also be learning about this year's presidential election through our weekly magazine, Time For Kids.
Students are naturally curious about the scientific world around them. This
year, we will focus on Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and
This year students will be learning cursive handwriting. We will begin with
letters in isolation that have similar strokes. Students will then begin
forming words, sentences, paragraphs and, eventually, stories in cursive