Assistants: Jennifer Ball, Pam Bridges, Kathy Briggs, Theresa Thomas
Third Grade Curriculum Overview At North Buncombe Elementary:
By the end of third grade students must know multiplication facts with numbers 0 - 10. Students spend many weeks in activities where they explore the concept of multiplication. Some examples of these activities are: listing things that come in groups, arranging files into rectangular arrays, and highlighting multiples on hundreds charts.
Young Author's Day
The Writing Process is a very important part of third grade. Students write daily in all subjects and for many purposes.
Third graders read many types of texts-literary, information, and practical. They distinguish between fact and opinion. These students interpret poetry and infer main ideas in a variety of prose. Students in this grade use multiple reading strategies to construct meaning from text. They choose to read silently for extended periods of time for pleasure and information. Highlighting and finding answers and clues to reading passages is encouraged.
Third graders write for a variety of purposes. They can support their ideas with references to their reading. They use a variety of pre-writing activities, revise their writing by adding details, and recognize incorrect spelling. Writing about reading is a vital part of our reading block.
The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
(1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands.
Expectations are that third grade students are very actively engaged in doing mathematics. They can describe their ideas and thinking both orally and in writing. Proficient third graders relate manipulatives with ideas. They explain and record the mathematical concepts using precise vocabulary and symbols.
Third graders increase their understanding about community life in a variety of contexts. Comparisons are made as children compare their familiar communities with other cultures and times. An awareness of relationships among ways of living, the physical environment, and human traditions are developed.
The focus for third grade students is on identifying systems and patterns in systems.
Science Concepts: plant growth and adaptations, soil properties, earth/sun system, human body
Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines; dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts-each with its own body of knowledge and skills, The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education, along with the standard courses of study in each area, is that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 Program.
The Healthful Living Education program promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful life-style and improved quality of life for all students. The Healthful Living Education portions of the NC Standard Course of Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives of its two major components-health education and physical education.