Third Grade


Fernando Gonzalez

Welcome to  3rd Grade Math and Science

Hi everybody! Welcome to 3rd Grade Math and Science. I am so excited to be your teacher for these important subjects. We are going to have a great year learning to solve new problems and working with numbers in different ways! Science will be a lot of fun as we do tons of experiments and discover new things about the earth and world around us! I know we all have a great year!

Mr. Gonzalez

Ashley Moore

Welcome to 3rd grade Language Arts and Social Studies!

In my Language Arts class we explore and identify different reading genres, express ourselves through creative writing, and expand our vocabulary. In Social Studies we will explore communities and the people in the world around us. I provide a challenging and encouraging environment for every child that steps through the door.

Ms. Moore

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Curriculum for Grade 3

Curriculum for Grade 3

Language Arts

Language Arts encompasses grammar, spelling/vocabulary, reading, and writing. In the Third Grade, students learn the parts of speech and incorporate them correctly into their writing. Sentence structure, using the parts of speech properly, identifying the parts of speech in a sentence, and writing complete sentences are all important elements of the class. As they progress as writers, students put together three-point expository paragraphs, narratives, and descriptive paragraphs. Students also explore the writing of short stories and poetry. Spelling and vocabulary are important topics that are also covered. Students continue to learn to write in cursive.

Students will apply reading skills such as main idea, context clues, drawing conclusions, sequence, comprehension, reference skills, fact and opinion, and vocabulary. The students will identify different types of genres through reading stories from their reading text books and assigned novels. Additionally, students will read and comprehend various types of poetry, as well as write Haikus, Limericks, Acrostic, Diamante, and other poems. Students will enter their poetry into an annual poetry contest to be published in Creative Communication Poetry. Greek Mythology, Biographies, Plays, and Tall Tales will also be introduced. The students will be asked to identify verb tenses, metaphors, similes, idioms, alliteration, and hyperboles from their readings. Projects will be assigned to go along with novels read in class. These projects will include illustrations, book jackets, book reports, and brochures. The Accelerated Reader Program (AR) is a part of every student’s grade. Fourteen points are required each nine weeks.

Our main goal is to enjoy reading, allowing these stories to take them to new places and experience different adventures. These stories and novels will also allow students to use their creativity in reading, projects, and writings.

Social Studies

The Third Grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on Communities. Students learn about different types of communities, local government, and our national government. They also study about people in communities; Leaders, citizens, role models, and immigrants, and how they adapt to their environment. Landforms, maps, and globe skills are also studied. During each nine weeks, students will be assigned a project based upon information they have covered.

Science

A hands-on approach to science is the rule in the St. John’s science program. This year, we will be introducing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) approach where applicable. Science concepts will be reinforced during math and vice versa. Field trips and guest speakers are planned throughout the year to enhance studies. Third grade covers life science, physical science, and earth science units in varying depth and subject matter.

Third grade begins with life science and plant anatomy. Flowers are dissected and plant cells studied using microscopes. Animal classification is introduced with an emphasis on vertebrates versus invertebrates. Animals from each phylum of invertebrates are made in class. Live earthworms are taken to the lower grades and third graders get to share their knowledge with the younger students. Afterwards, ecosystems will be introduced and each student will be responsible for making an ecosystem. Next, students will learn to identify and classify minerals, rocks, and soils. The closing exercise for this unit will have the Third Grade putting together a class volcano and learning about what makes them erupt, how they form, and how dangerous they can be.

Lastly, they will study ecosystems. Students will rope off a square yard sized area of the patio/garden at their home and name living and non-living organisms in their ecosystem. The Third Grade will also host a mini science fair, exhibiting their science fair project. The project should include the STEM approach which the students have studied.

After a short space unit, properties and measurement are studied in physical science. Students learn to measure length, width, and volume in metrics. Additionally, each student constructs a complete and working electric circuit. Simple machines are also introduced and studied.

Math

In the 3rd grade, students begin a more in-depth study of mathematics. They begin with place value and quickly move to comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers. From there, students move to number operations. Money, time, multiplication concepts and facts, and division concepts and facts follow. Other topics students are exposed to during the year include data gathering and graphing, probability, geometry, measurement, fractions and decimals, and perimeter and area. Problem solving skills in every area of study are taught throughout the year. Weekly quizzes are given to reinforce math facts. The STEM approach will be introduced in third grade. Projects and tests will reinforce and measure the understanding of concepts and topics covered.

In their study of mathematics, students will enjoy hands-on activities to help reinforce certain topics such as place value, ordering numbers, money, etc. In multiplication, added activities using rap multiplication will be introduced to help students master and memorize their multiplication facts, which then sets the foundation for division facts. A Benchmark Test will be given during the first 9-Weeks and toward the end of final 9-Weeks to measure each student’s progress.

Physical Education

Students in Grade 3 attend Physical Education classes each week. Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, access to a physically-active lifestyle, and the relationship between physical activity and health.

Physical skills are developed through fun activities that include cooperative games, playground games, jump rope, track and field, bowling, rhythmic awareness, fitness concepts and team sports such as soccer, basketball, kickball, handball, volleyball, and more. Activities focus on constant participation and inclusion as opposed to elimination and having students sit out.

Students are exposed cognitively to health and fitness concepts, nutrition, the skeletal and muscular systems, and anatomy of the heart. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in annual events such as Jump Rope for Heart in the fall, Field Day in the spring, and The Mileage Club throughout the year.

The main focus in Physical Education is having fun while learning physical skills that will allow students to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.

Music

Third grade begins the year by learning music for Chapel for the school year. This entails movement and dance along with the singing. There is a lesson in each song we do. During late September and early October songs for the fall/Halloween season are learned. In mid-October students begin working on Christmas music for the upcoming Christmas musical that involves students across Grades 3 – 5. Third Grade students may audition to perform solos during the program or simply be a part of the ensemble group.

Music theory continues as students learn about counting rhythms, recognition of music symbols, and notes. All rests and notes will be introduced this year, and students will learn to read them in different patterns. The end of the year will be filled with music that revolves around Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and spring fun songs.

Computer

Third Grade students will continue working on correct finger placement on the alphabetic and numeric keys. They will focus on accuracy, but will also begin working on their keyboarding speed. They will continue working with Microsoft Office Word and learn additional formatting techniques including how to create flyers using MS Publisher. Simple presentations will also be created using Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Microsoft Office Excel will be utilized to put together simple spreadsheets. Students will continue learning Internet research techniques. Skills learned in Computer class will also be used to create documents and projects for their regular academic core classes.

Art

Third through sixth grade students attend classes the entire year.

Students acquire knowledge of various artistic techniques—color, texture, form, etc. through many hands on activities. We work with pastels, modeling materials, paints (acrylics and watercolors), paper weaving, and many other materials. Our Art program is constantly evolving depending on what inspires us at the moment.

Since our border heritage is so very influential to the Rio Grande Valley, our Art program is infused with an emphasis of these culturally rich traditions, customs, and vibrant colors. We do an in depth unit on Dia de los Muertos in which 1st-6th grades participate in this unique celebration of life. Through books, vocabulary, hands on activities such as art, altar building, & sugar skull making all grades contribute to a magnificent exhibition that highlights all the work that goes into celebrating this very special and often misunderstood holiday.

We have been invited to display artwork at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX and created a community altar representing our school families at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen. The upper grades participate in many events throughout our community and we are proud to have our works displayed in many different venues.

The upper grades, 3rd-6th, also participate in State and National art competitions.

St. John’s has had many student pieces selected, published, and/or displayed in various contests.

Spanish

The Rosetta Stone Program is self-paced allowing students to learn and master the Spanish language at their level. It provides feedback on their mastery, allowing students to repeat units until they truly understand the content. Students can use the program at home, as well as at school. While the early lessons are speaking and listening, as the students become more proficient, they will also learn to write in Spanish. We believe the Rosetta Stone Program fits our unique needs at St. John’s for a comprehensive program that allows our students to learn and master Spanish.

Sacred Studies

Sacred Studies is a class for students in grades 3-5 that examine the stories of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus. Through Sacred Studies classes, children study the ways personal and community values develop and what it means to be individuals of integrity.  In Grade Three students are introduced to the Bible and the Old Testament. Each Third Grade student meets for Sacred Studies one day a week for one semester.

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Third Grade Teachers

Third Grade Teachers

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez

Science and Mathematics

Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

Language Arts and Social Studies