Reading Your child will have at least 90 minutes of English and Language Arts instruction each day. This time frame will consist of a variety of activities such as guided and shared reading, spelling, grammar and language practice, writing, word work, and read aloud. There will be four leveled reading groups. Please keep in mind that these are “flexible groups”, so your child may move from one group to another as the year progresses. I use assessment data and classroom work to determine which level will best meet your child’s learning at that time.
Spelling The Pleasant Valley Spelling Program is an individualized spelling program that will begin on Tuesday, September 5th. Your child will take a spelling pretest every Monday. Weekly spelling lists will have ten words. The list will consist of regular and/or challenge pattern words for the week. Your child should be practicing his/her spelling words throughout the week in preparation for the weekly tests given each Friday.
Math We will be using the Everyday Math curriculum again this year. One goal of our mathematics curriculum is for students to know their math facts from memory. Our grade level goal is one hundred facts with 95% accuracy in the allotted time (addition and subtraction in 6 minutes and multiplication in 8 minutes). Your child will begin learning their multiplication facts in early September with mastery by the end of the school year. One of the expectations of third graders is that they work at home several times a week on the facts they have not yet mastered.
Social Studies Our social studies curriculum is called Social Studies Alive! Third grade focuses on our community and beyond. This is taught through an active, student-centered approach which helps students learn and remember important content. It is full of engaging activities that will excite children about Social Studies. There will also be a Junior Achievement curriculum taught sometime this spring.
Cursive Students will learn cursive in 3rd grade. We start with the lower case letters for the first half of the year and then move into the upper case letters in January. Each Monday and Wednesday your child receives a new letter. They have time every morning to work on the letters and are allowed to take their cursive sheets home each night. The cursive letters received are always due the following Monday. This means the students have each morning and night along with the weekend to complete by Monday. If the students use their time well, they should be able to get both of the letters done by Friday.