Curriculum

Please read below to find information on what we will be studying this year in third grade!  


Language Arts: This year in reading the students will work to build fluency and enhance comprehension skills.  We will focus on reading strategies including predicting, inferring, making connections, and summarizing.  We will break apart story elements and focus on main idea and supporting details.  In writing, we will learn the Six Traits of Writing: ideas and content, organization, sentence fluency, voice, word choice, and conventions.  Students will participate in one-on-one conferences with the teacher in order to develop in their writing process which includes pre-writing, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing.


Mathematics: This year in math students will participate in Math Workshop.  During Math Workshop, the students will rotate through stations in order to be fully engaged and challenged in their work.  The rotations will include math facts, independent seat work, teacher time, and hands-on manipulative work.  Lessons this year will include place value, money, elapsed time, temperature, multiplication, and division.  FASTT Math will be required at least three days per week.  


Social Studies: Communities will be the main theme for Social Studies this year.  We will examine working in our communities and celebrating our communities.  We will also learn about citizenship and the U.S. government.  Assessments will be given at the end of each Social Studies unit.


Science: Science class will be full of experiments and hands-on learning this year as we explore life science, earth science, and physical science.  Students will learn about ecosystems, weather, forces and motion, and states of matter.  Assessments will be given at the end of each Science unit.


Spelling/Vocabulary: Spelling pretests will be given every Monday with words focusing on the weekly spelling pattern. Final tests will then be given to students on Friday of the same week.  Vocabulary units will begin every two weeks, where students will learn definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and parts of speech.  Vocabulary tests will then be given every other week.  


Religion: This year in Religion class, the students will continue to learn about the sacraments.  We will discuss the importance of the Mass and prayer.  We will also have weekly visits from Father Mark on Wednesday afternoons. 


Spanish:  The students will have the opportunity to go to Spanish class one day per week.  Spanish class will be taught by Miss Donna Zima.  If you have any questions or concerns about the curriculum of Spanish class, please email Miss Zima at d.zima@stephen.org.  


Physical Education: The students will participate in PE class with Mrs. Kathy Jones on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  If you have any questions regarding PE class, please email her at k.jones@stephen.org. 


Music: This year, Music class will be taught be Mrs. Jessie Tucksen.  The students will attend Music class on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.  Please contact Mrs. Tucksen at j.tucksen@stephen.org with any questions.  


Art: Ms. Amy Cowman will be visiting our class every other week to provide us with her amazing art instruction.  If you have any questions for her, she can be reached at a.cowman@stephen.org.


Computer: The students will attend Computer class with Mr. Vaughn Richardson on Tuesday mornings.  Please contact him at v.richardson@stephen.org with any questions.