3rd Grade Curriculum

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LANGUAGE ARTS The third grade language arts curriculum focuses on writing.  The students compose poetry throughout the year, compiling a book of original poems by the end of the school year.  They also write brief social studies reports throughout the year.  An autobiography and a research paper are among their assignments as time permits.  These reports provide an opportunity to learn expository paragraph structure, utilizing topic, detail, and concluding sentences.  Writing friendly letters and making daily open-ended journal entries round out the writing program.  A Houghton Mifflin English textbook and The Evan-Moor Daily Language Review are used as resources for providing direct instruction of English skills.


The students keep an individual dictionary of words they have misspelled in their class work.  These words form a pool from which weekly spelling words are chosen.  Various spelling activities, sentence and definition writing, making word searches, and drawing illustrations are used during the week, ending with a test on Friday.  The number of words selected for study gradually increases as the students develop proficiency.


Third graders are introduced to the correct formation of cursive letters using the Handwriting Without Tears series.  By the end of the school year they do all their writing in cursive.


The third grade reading program uses short novels to nurture a high level of interest in reading.  The selections follow a pattern of genres that teaches the students to analyze their reading material.  They read realistic fiction, fantasy, holiday books, nonfiction, biography, historical fiction, folklore, poetry, science fiction, and mystery stories.  The classroom library reinforces this concept by including books of the same genre that the students are currently reading.  Each student keeps a Reading Log of the books that he/she has read during the year.


In addition, phonics, work attack skills, and comprehension strategies are included in the daily instruction.


MATH  The third grade mathematics program uses the Harcourt Brace Math Advantage textbook as the basic instruction model.  Mastering Math Facts by Otter Creek Institute and Daily Word Problems by Evan-Moor are used as supplementary materials.  The focus is a continuation of the memorization of addition and subtraction facts and starting of multiplication and division facts.  Additional topics include regrouping across zeros, understanding place value in larger numbers, computing elapsed time, making schedules and graphs, adding and subtracting money, equivalent fractions, customary and metric measurement, geometric figures and probability.  Students who show proficiency in any of these areas, as determined by a pretest, are given enrichment work to complete.  This work is noted on their report cards.


SOCIAL STUDIES  The social studies curriculum consists of a yearlong, intensive study of the community of Oklahoma City.  The study incorporates the disciplines of geography, economics, sociology, history, and government.  In connection with this study, the students build an abridged replica of the city with residential, recreational, industrial, commercial, rural, and government areas.  They will create a classroom community of their own, electing a major and city council representatives.  After that they visit the Oklahoma City Council in session and meet their own City Council Representatives.  They also compile a booklet about Oklahoma City using the knowledge they have gained. Field trips supplement this study.


SCIENCE  The science and social studies units are alternated as time permits,  The science units studied are a biology unit about the life cycles of plants and animals, an earth science unit about the characteristics and interactions of the sun, moon and earth, and a physical science unit about the properties of matter and energy.  They also study the properties of electricity if time permits.  The Houghton Mifflin Discovery Works textbook is used as a basis for science instruction.  There is a strong emphasis on hands-on activities and experiments in this subject.


ENRICHMENT  Third grade students attend weekly art, Sacred Study, Spanish, P. E., computer, music,  library classes, and Chapel services.  In addition, the third grade students visit the Preschool Class weekly.  There they are each assigned a Reading Buddy.  The third graders read stories to their buddies and make cards and puzzles for them throughout the year.


REMEDIAL HELP  The Putnam City public school system provides testing and tutoring for those students needing special help in their academic pursuits and /or speech therapy.

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