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Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade at Brandon Academy.  This class continues to enhance the skills covered in the areas of reading, math, writing/spelling, science, and social studies.  In addition to these core subjects, students take music, art, computer and physical education. Please see below for more information about each core subject.

Reading - The overall goal for reading in third grade is for students to read above grade level fluently and independently as well as complete independent work based on reading materials. This is accomplished through the study of chapter books, vocabulary builders, and poetry. Students also have access to a wide variety of literature in the classroom library.

Skills
Beginning of the Year
  • Students are reading at or above grade level. 
  • Can independently summarize reading material.
Middle of Year:
  • Continue to develop fluency, including reading speed.
  • They are continuing to read chapter books with increasing difficulty.
  • Continuing to develop independent comprehension skills, including teacher and self-assessments.
End of the Year:
  • Students complete weekly independent summaries based on independent reading materials.
  • Students participate in group literature circles to continue building comprehension skills.
  • Reading Snapshots

Language Arts - The overall goal for language arts in third grade is for students to become organized writers who can expand on base knowledge or ideas with added detail while staying on topic. Students will practice writing in various styles such as persuasive and narrative. Students should be able to write legibly in print. They practice their cursive skills. Students demonstrate their writing abilities through various informal and formal writing activities. Students practice spelling skills and attend the school’s Scripps Spelling Bee to prepare for participation in the following years.

Skills
Beginning of the year:
  • The students have a basic understanding of the parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • They can distinguish between writing styles.
  • Students can write 3 or more paragraphs on topic. 
Middle of the year:
  • The students are able to write narratives, stories, and instructional essays.
  • They are adding more details and are able to use the correct paragraph format, including indentation.
End of the year:
  • The students are able to write Persuasive Essays, book reports, and multiple types of poetry.
  • They are learning how to take notes in various subject areas.
  • They are able to develop a strong topic paragraph.
  • Students can write four or more paragraphs on a given topic.

Math - The overall goal for math in third grade is for students to build on and expand their basic knowledge of addition, subtraction and multiplication to new areas such as long division, fractions, and geometry. Third graders are also introduced to algebraic expression and gain a basic understanding of missing variables. Students expand on their problem solving and logic skills with a class taught weekly focusing on these skills throughout the year.  Students are working a grade level ahead in a 4th Grade book.

Skills:
Beginning of the year:
  • Students have solid foundation skills in addition, subtraction, basic multiplication, and with parts of a whole (Fractions).
Middle of the year:
  • Students become more proficient with multi-digit multiplication, long division, factors and multiples
  • Students learn how to use equivalent fractions
  • They relate decimals to fractions and percentages.
End of the year:
  • Students can identify and differentiate angles and transformations.
  • They have learned about line symmetry, rotational symmetry, and tessellations.
  • They can solve and write algebraic expressions and are able to determine what the missing variable is.
  • Students have a basic understanding of multiplication and division, including two-digit divisors and fractions.

Social Studies - The overall goal for social studies in third grade is for students to discuss, compare, and contrast life in the United States with life in other countries and during other time periods.  This includes historical knowledge of the origins of our country and specific historical milestones. Students also enhance their geographical skills through the study of maps and United States geography. Students demonstrate their knowledge and practice their skills through projects, tests, discussions, field trips, and writing activities. Students also attend the annual Geography Bee to prepare for participation in upcoming years.

Skills
Beginning of the year:
 
Students have a basic knowledge of their community and the responsibilities of being a citizen.
They knew geography detail such as the location of individual states, state capitals and regions.
Students can read a basic map.
 
Middle of the year:
  • Students discuss Native American Tribes around the U.S. 
  • They can read a variety of maps by following directions.
  • Students have knowledge of and can identify cultural traits of different cultures around the world
  • Students understand the origins of American settlement and how the United States became a country
  • They learn about different major events that have impacted the U.S. such as 9/11 and WWII.
End of the year:
  • Students can expand on the origins of their country and know about the impact of the Civil War.
  • They can compare and contrast the life of U.S. citizens to other countries such as Canada and Brazil.
  • They discuss the significance and hallmarks of time periods such as the Renaissance as well as the Middle Ages.

Science - The overall goal for science in third grade is for students to expand their base knowledge of living things, environment, Earth’s surface, space, matter, energy and change. Students expand on scientific concepts through theoretical knowledge and practical application in monthly lab activities. Students demonstrate their knowledge and practice their skills through projects, tests, discussions, field trips, and lab reports.

Skills
Beginning of the year:
  • Students should have attained base knowledge of Living things, Environment, Earth Surface, Space, Matter, Energy and Change
Middle of the year:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to classify plants and how plants grow
  • Classify animals by vertebrates or Invertebrates
  • Understand survival of living things
  • Create and follow food chains/food webs 
End of the year:
  • Create a google slide presentation on a planet 
  • Understand what are Physical Changes and Chemical Changes of matter
  • Knowledge of forms of energy, force, motion, heat, temperature, and light
  • Familiar with plants, animals, parts of the body, and cells
  • Distinguish living and non-living things
  • Observed and participated in scientific experiments
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