The Adventure of a Lifetime

Third grade is filled with many new and exciting adventures, all designed to heighten the student’s awareness of the world around them. The expeditions, based on the NC Standards and Course of Study, provide an opportunity for students to learn and make connections between all the subjects of study (Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science, & Social Studies).

In math we begin to explore the concept of multiplication; learning our times tables is a year-long goal that starts at the beginning of the year. We continue our education of addition and subtraction and even throw some Algebra in to keep the students thinking!

A variety of Reading techniques are used to educate the students about the different genres. From whole-group reading to Reading Workshop, the students practice skills that not only help them become better readers, but allow them to express themselves creatively.

Social studies bring discussions of the city in which the students live and their government. We also study the meaning of citizenship and strive to practice being good citizens in everything we do. We explore communities and examine how to be a productive member of such and learn that, even though we may not be adults yet, we can still initiate change.

Science during the third grade involves investigating the skeletal system, the solar system, soil properties, and plant growth and adaptations. You could say we learn from the inside of our bodies to infinity and beyond!

It is important to note that in all we do, we strive to demonstrate and model the Expeditionary Learning Design Principles. In doing so, we are allowing students to become a well-rounded student, not just one who reads and writes well.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, improvements, or even just simple “pats on the back.” Together we can raise the students up to become the best people they can be!

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