Third Grade
READING
  • Learn and effectively apply a variety of reading strategies for comprehension.
  • Identifying the purpose.
  • Clarifying by asking questions.
  • Categorizing information.
  • Making a mental picture.
  • Making predictions.
  • Sequencing.
  • Retelling.
  • Making inferences.
  • Remember critical details.
  • Focus on the development and mastery of story elements; characters, setting, plot, climax, resolution, theme and point of view.
  • Study a variety of genres. These include, but are not limited to: fairy tales, fables, novels, short stories, biographies, poems, and historical fiction.
  • Read fluently, with expression.
MATH
  • Mastery of basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Development and mastery of strategies for problem solving; restate the problem, identify relevant information, brainstorm approaches, identify the answer.
  • Development of skills needed to write a number sentence.
  • Mastery of one and two step word problems.
  • Understanding of perfect squares, square roots, roman numerals, and decimals.
  • Adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators
  • Denominators and identifying mixed numbers.
  • Comparing quantities, ordering numbers, and place value to the hundred thousand.
  • Introduction and development of multiplication skills; 1 digit x 3 digit, with and without regrouping.
  • Development of division skills; 3 digit by one digit, introduction to 3 digit by 2 digit with quotient written as remainder.
GRAMMAR & CREATIVE WRITING
  • Write a complete sentence with appropriate grade level spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. and identify the subject and predicate.
  • Identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.
  • Write a basic paragraph with topic sentence and details to support that main idea.
  • Write a story using the writing process; prewriting, revision, proofreading, publishing. Students will use a variety of methods to assist in the writing process; for example, outlining, word webs, story maps, to organize ides for a story.
  • Types of writing developed and mastered include, but are not limited to; personal narrative, descriptive and expository writing, comparison and contrast, cause and effect.
ELECTIVES
  • Spanish
  • Computer Lab
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
EVALUATIONS
  • Weekly tests in Spelling, Wordly Wise, and Math.
  • Weekly reading comprehension assessments (oral and/or pencil and paper).
  • Oral assessments and brief quizzes may be given in all subject areas on a daily basis, unannounced.
  • Bimonthly tests in Catholic Formation.
  • Monthly (dependent on material) tests in Science, Geography/History, and Language Arts.
  • Oral assessments are given in all subject areas on a daily basis.
STUDY SKILLS & HOMEWORK
Build on 2nd grade study skills to aid in effective use of time, knowing your child’s learning strengths, (responsibility of having materials, reviewing flash cards, outside reading). The focus is on the acquiring of study skills.
  • Stay on task and remain focused on a subject for a period of 30 minutes.
  • Keep a calendar with important dates and events that apply to school work (due dates, tests, specials, friends’ birthdays, etc); this will assist in learning skills of time management and long-term planning.
  • Keep a standing file folder at home for the student, where important material is kept (subject folders for study guides, graded quizzes and tests, classroom newsletters, special work, important information regarding assignments, etc.) for their future reference in preparing for tests.
  • Write assignments in their assignment book, and gather necessary homework materials, preferably working for self-responsibility without teacher reminders.
  • Turn in homework on the day it is due.
  • Review math facts, spelling words, Wordly Wise, Spanish vocabulary, and spend time reading on a nightly basis.
  • Use time wisely by being organized, write neatly and follow directions carefully.
  • Day to day assignments vary, and may included (but are not limited to), math, spelling, Wordly Wise, Spanish, and comprehension activities.
  • The length of time spent on homework is heavily dependant on the individual child; therefore it is difficult to put a time frame on the task. However, on a typical night, the child may spend 30 minutes, plus additional time reviewing math facts and outside reading.
  • Establish a routine at home as to when and where homework is to be done everyday, away from distractions and interruptions.
  • It is important that when homework time begins, students have all the necessary tools at hand so as to minimize interruptions and time off-task.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Parents should be available to assist their child should questions arise, however it is very important that the child develops strong, independent work and study skills as the year progresses. Parents are reminded that students need to make mistakes and learn from them, and that school work is the child’s responsibility, and a vehicle for growth and maturity.
  • Allow your child to take on personal responsibilities and face the rewards and consequences for their actions. (packing backpacks, lunches and snacks, putting assignments into the correct school folders, returning library books on the assigned days).
  • Encourage independence; have your child go to before-care in the morning if you leave them off before 7:45.
  • Do not walk them to their classroom after the first week of school unless something heavy or awkward has to be delivered to the classroom.
  • Tell your child that you know they are capable of doing well in class.
  • Let them know that you will back up the teacher in terms of discipline
  • Never undermine the teacher’s authority by disagreeing with the teacher in front of your child.
  • Tell them that their teachers love them and will help them with lessons and situations that arise at school.
  • Every child should be able to tie his/her shoelaces with some degree of success.
  • Above and beyond homework you need to drill Math facts with your child till over-learning takes place.
  • When reading to or with your child, stop and ask questions about what has been read, and ask him/her to predict what they think will happen. Ask about lessons learned from the stories you read; this is to promote active thinkers not passive listeners.
  • Minimize television viewing and computer games on school days, promote active outdoor play, promote arts and crafts for a creative outlet, encourage use of their imagination in their play with others.
  • Be very selective in TV viewing, be mindful of the time in front of the television, and the subject matter your child is viewing.
  • Have set structure in your morning and evening routines in order to help your child. For example, layout entire uniform for school before bedtime, lunch prepared the night before, backpack in the same location, set their own alarm.
  • Since school starts promptly at 8:00 AM, give yourself enough time to get to school, allowing time for your child to prepare for class, put backpack away, books ready, etc.