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3rd Grade General Studies Overview

Reading

By the end of the year, students will be able to :

  • Utilize reading strategies, like decoding, in order to understand the meaning of a variety of texts.
  • Able to read independently in grade level materials and answer higher level thinking comprehension questions.
  • Categorize different genres of literature.
  • Identify main literature elements, including plot, characters, theme, and setting.

Methods

  • Book talks
  • Book circles
  • Book reports
  • Book logs
  • Reader’s Theater

Curriculum

  • Wired for Reading
  • Reading in the Wild
  • Reader’s Workshop

Writing

By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  • write fully structured sentences and paragraphs.
  • compose a variety of different genres, including narrative, descriptive, and expository.
  • move independently through the writing process.

Method

  • Peer editing
  • Teacher editing
  • Writer’s conferences
  • Essays
  • Research papers

Curriculum

  • Writer’s Workshop

Oral Expression

By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  • stand up and perform in front of an audience with comfort and ease.
  • demonstrate appropriate voice volume, eye contact, pacing, and behavior when performing in front of an audience.

Method

  • Dramatic interpretation of texts
  • Comedic interpretation of texts
  • Book reports
  • Reader’s Theater

Social Studies

By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  • identify places on a map, including continents, countries, states, and cities.
  • categorize different classifications of community and be able to identify appropriate community behavior.
  • demonstrate competent research skills.
  • creatively problem solve, both independently and cooperatively.

Method

  • Story path
  • Cooperative projects
  • Field trips

Math

By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  • apply math facts to solving complex math problems.
  • use practiced mathematical sense to solve a variety of different problems.
  • organize and interpret data.
  • work independently and cooperatively on critical math concepts.

Topics

  • Numbers and Numeration: Whole numbers; money and decimals; fractions; place value in whole numbers and decimals
  • Operations and Computation: Addition and subtraction; addition and subtraction with decimals; multiplication and division
  • Measurement and Reference Frames: Length; perimeter; money; and time
  • Multiplication and Division (which includes three units covering facts, estimation, ratios, mental math, algorithms, lattice multiplication, and arrays)
  • Data and Chance: Data collection and representation; data analysis
  • Algebra, Patterns, and Functions: Visual patterns; number patterns; functions; number sentences and equations; inequalities and expressions
  • Geometry: 2-dimensional shapes (polygons), 3-dimensional shapes, symmetry, congruence and similarity; points, lines and angles

Curriculum

  • Everyday Math