Third Grade

There are so many wonderful aspects of our third grade experience at Sujana! 3rd grade offers the unique combination of learning new and exciting material in many subjects, as well as celebrating the knowledge that they have been able to collect in their lower years.

Many of the third grade activities are cross-curricular and can be enriched as they acquire different perspectives and see different aspects from one class to another, including art, science, music, and more! It is so much fun to see the students make connections in the classroom. Our inspirational literacy curriculum includes novel reading, innovative application of spelling and grammar, and writing skills that are foundational and meaningful. In addition to this are reading and writing workshops that teach the students to love and explore the arts of both!

The third grade year fosters a true sense of independence and accountability that carries over in to their future as Sujana students and beyond as they become positive and productive citizens in our ever-changing world!

Third Grade Teachers

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Curriculum Highlights

Literacy

The third grade literacy curriculum is literature-based and encourages children to read from a variety of materials to enhance their interests and abilities. Students are allowed time each day to explore literature. Reading is reinforced through the incorporation of thematic units, genre studies, whole-class reading, guided reading, book clubs, literature circles, Readers' Theater, and independent reading.

The third grade literacy program combines listening, speaking, reading, and writing into meaningful language experiences. Comprehension skills are taught through the reading of chapter books and short stories using the Imagine It program. The Shurley English program allows children to practice their grammar skills daily with song. Phonics, spelling and grammar are emphasized in the context of reading and writing, as well as through direct and intentional skills instruction. Students combine skills practice with technology through weekly center games on computer tablets.  

Writing

Because writing fosters creativity, aids language development, and sharpens communication skills, students are allowed and encouraged to write often each day during Writer's Workshop. This third grade program is a time when children explore and complete all stages of the writing process. The Writer's Workshop includes mini lessons, independent writing time, conferences, and sharing. Lessons in grammar and spelling are also incorporated. During Writer's Workshop, students study a variety of different genres including poetry, memoir, nonfiction, fiction, personal narrative, and biography.

Phonics and Spelling

Third grade phonics and spelling instruction reinforces concepts covered in previous grades. Students are exposed to a variety of multi-level activities to help them become fluent decoders and spellers. Practice of spelling rules occurs daily through structured lessons, center activities, and the reinforcement of spelling strategies while reading and writing.

Handwriting

Third graders begin cursive handwriting at the start of the school year. Students learn traditional cursive writing, beginning with correct stroke formation. After each correct stroke is learned, students form the corresponding lowercase and capital letters. Students receive handwriting instruction and practice on a daily basis.

Mathematics

Sujana's Lower School uses the Everyday Mathematics curriculum. Developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGraw-Hill Education, Everyday Mathematics is distinguished by its focus on real-life problem solving, balance between whole-class and self-directed learning, emphasis on communication, facilitation of school-family cooperation, and appropriate use of technology.

The Everyday Mathematics curriculum includes the following mathematical Content Strands: Numbers and Numeration; Operations and Computation; Data and Chance; Measurement and Reference Frames; Geometry; and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. At every grade level, learning targets are identified for each of these six strands.

The mastery of basic multiplication and division facts is expected of all third graders by the end of the school year. Math facts are practiced through a variety of games and daily activities. Kim Sutton's Ten Block Schedule for Math Fact Fluency program helps students increase their math facts proficiency by helping them understand the patterns in math computation.

Science

Third graders work in the science lab for two 45-minute periods and one 30-minute period per week. Students complete in-depth units covering the human body, earth science, physical science and life science.

The human body unit focuses on the respiratory, skeletal and cardiovascular systems. In the earth science unit, students study the solar system, moon phases and rotation of the earth. The life science unit focuses on animal classification and includes a special project where the students observe the life cycle of a butterfly. The largest focus in third grade is on the physical sciences unit, in which students study energy, work, force, gravity, electricity, magnetism, electromagnets, simple machines, light, and sound.

All science study units are reinforced with hands-on activities where investigative skills are practiced. In addition, the science program is designed to increase computer proficiency, enforce consistent study habits, improve organizational skills, and improve literacy skills for expository texts.

Social Studies

Third grade social studies is inquiry-driven. Students are encouraged to ask questions, and are challenged to use available resources to find the answers to these questions. This includes the use of trade books, videos, the internet, library, and field trips to enhance their learning.

Through the Social Studies Alive! program, students learn using interactive, student-centered text and engaging, hands-on activities how geography, climate, and natural resources have impacted the development and history of our world. Students develop an understanding of different kinds of communities by focusing on the geography, history, government and economy of our state, country, and other countries around the world. Students develop map skills that focus on real-world applications, and use models to locate places of the world.

Third grade students also focus on the five regions of the United States, and what features make each region distinct and the characteristics that unite them. After an intensive study of the states and capitals, students enjoy a celebration with parents to share their knowledge.

Moral Values

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Physical Education

Third grade physical education stresses the refinement of individual motor skills. Participation in team sports allows students to use these skills, and increases their awareness of the importance of teamwork. Body systems, stress, and smoking are major health topics.

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Music

In third grade music instruction, students apply the reading of musical notation to an instrument as they begin using the recorder, a simple flute-like instrument. Through this medium, they continue to expand their reading, listening and creative skills. They are also given the opportunity to sing in Sujana Girl Choristers or Sujana Boy Choristers, and to play in the Third Grade Tone Chime Choir.

Library

Students participate in a library orientation in which library layout, procedures and rules, and book care are reviewed. Students learn to select, evaluate, and use various sources for information such as encyclopedias, atlases, thesauri, newspapers, dictionaries, and the Internet. Students practice writing bibliographies in order to learn how to cite informational sources and avoid plagiarism. Literary elements and devices are discussed with read-aloud texts, and students are encouraged to independently read a variety of books for information and for pleasure.