Class and Activity Descriptions
The Scott Foresman reading series is used and accompanied by text books and written workbooks for reading and spelling. Teachers use a variety of resources from the website available through the reading program. Students learn the vocabulary and word study skills, reading skills, and the story from the large screen or the Promethean/Active boards. Additional skills are taught, such as comprehension, fluency, word study skills, drawing conclusions, etc. An assessment is given each week after the reading, retelling, and re-teaching of the story and skills. At the end of each unit, an assessment is given covering the skills that were taught along with comprehension and vocabulary. Every week, additional reading is incorporated through the use of Leveled Readers. Students are grouped at this time to work on individual books and skills. Every six weeks, the students are divided into ability groups and they participate in a two week Literature Unit. The children may go to another teacher at this time to enhance their learning through Literature. The books used for these groups are: Because of Winn Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Chocolate Fever, Laundrey News, Charlotte’s Web, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mr. Popper’s Penguin, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, the Ramona series, and the Wayside School series. Students are also required to read two AR books per week and test on these books. Teachers can review each child’s progress on the Renaissance Place website. Parents will also have an account to check their child’s reading progress through Renaissance Place.
The consumable Scott Foresman Spelling book is used as a component of the reading curriculum. Students are instructed each day on word endings, beginnings, blends, and other skills. Each lesson has twenty spelling words. Five of these words are the challenge words. A test is given each Friday which includes spelling and dictation. A review lesson is also given at the end of each unit consisting of twenty-five words.
Grammar usage and mechanics are explored in the classroom through the use of interactive resources in iPad centers as well as daily lessons in class. Writing instruction is implemented in the Language program. Students learn several writing styles including a personal narrative, story writing, writing to express an opinion, persuasive writing, and a Friendly Letter. Extra practice and re-teaching lessons are given along with a unit test at the end of each unit.
Scott-Foresman writing, grammar, research, and study skills are all connected and taught daily to coincide with each week’s literature selection.
The Envision math program is used in third grade. This program challenges the children in the areas of reasoning and problem solving. There are many opportunities through technology to engage the student in learning at home and at school. A variety of hands-on materials are also used in math instruction. Students are divided into math groups for one hour each day. Accelerated Math and Math in a Flash are also incorporated into the math program to allow students to demonstrate individual progress.
The Macmillian/McGraw-Hill text is used and includes units of study such as: Chemical Test, Nutrition, Rocks and Minerals, Solar System, and Plant Growth and Development. Students experience many hands-on laboratories as well as field trips to enhance the curriculum. Examples include Ruby Falls, 4-H Walking on the Wild Side, and the Adventure Science Center. Students learn to work in groups, predict, collect data, record results, and think critically throughout the year. They are given tests periodically to assess their mastery of new concepts.
The Scott Foresman Social Studies text is used and contains reading skills and strategies to support understanding and improve standardized testing skills. The vocabulary helps students focus and improve comprehension. Reading check questions provide ongoing assessments to monitor each student’s progress. Maps, charts, graphs, photos, the internet, and illustrations help students learn and organize social studies content. Study and geography skills are taught throughout the curriculum. Citizenship is taught to encourage students to make a difference in our democracy using real life models. Unit and chapter reviews and tests are used to monitor student progress and to promote success on standardized testing. Students complete a research project in our Media Center during the unit on Native Americans and Pioneers, along with a poster and a model of a Native American dwelling place.
The Bible text used is Growing in God, Positive Action Bible Curriculum. The curriculum includes character studies and scripture memorization. Stories from the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and Daniel provide truths to apply to students’ daily lives. We also use the program, Building Christian Character, Teacher Created Materials, as a tool to focus on traits of love, care, responsibility, self-control and patience. Every day third graders participate in classroom devotion and prayer sessions. Each week students attend an age-appropriate chapel filled with a time of worship through song and the study of God’s word.
Third grade classes use Promethean Active Boards and iPads in all areas of the curriculum. Children are able to interact with web sites and flipcharts to enhance learning. The board allows teachers to incorporate many resources into the curriculum. Each classroom also has ActiVotes which are technological devices used to give the teachers immediate feedback on the skills of each student.
Formal keyboarding classes begin in 3rd grade. Students learn the basics of keyboarding and begin working through a self-paced program to increase speed and accuracy. The goal is for each student to achieve 15 WPM with 95% accuracy by the end of 4th grade. During technology classes these students continue practicing research skills and learn how to use a presentation program (PowerPoint).
Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Technology/Keyboarding are taught each week for all third graders.
- Ripley 4-H Center
- Mission Trip for Refugee Families
- Ruby Falls