Learning to read with fluency and confidence will serve as a foundation for the reading demands in later grades. Students will begin the year with personal narratives, learning the characteristics of a narrative, as well as the ways to generate ideas, add description, use transitions, and edit their work to write their own autobiographies. Students will then learn the characteristics of an informational text. Students will read closely to discover main ideas and details and will write summaries about what they have read. They will also learn to write cause and effect, biographies, and procedural texts. Students will learn grammar skills involving compound sentences, sentence fragments, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, commas, and apostrophe in contractions. Students will practice writing persuasive and opinion texts as well, learning the kinds of leads, transitions, organization, elaboration, and endings necessary for each of these types of texts. By the end of the year, your child will be writing clear sentences and paragraphs on a range of topics, drawing on an expanding vocabulary.
Trish Brockbank, Coordinator
Instructional Technology Staff Developer
ELA Staff Developer
One of the most important topics this year is multiplication and division. In 3rd grade, students will learn to multiply and divide up to 10 by 10 quickly and accurately and begin to multiply numbers with more than one digit (for example, 9 x 80). They will also learn to understand fractions and be able to relate them to the familiar system of whole numbers (for example, how 3/1 is the same as 3). Students will learn to solve word problems using multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division. Students will learn to estimate weights and liquid volumes as well. For shapes, they will learn important reasoning about shapes (such as how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares) and learn to find areas of shapes, relating area to multiplication. Multiplication, division, and fractions are the building blocks for many life skills that students will learn in later grades, such as percentages. Students also need to master these topics to be ready for algebra and advanced math, so it is essential to get a good start with these topics in 3rd grade.
Dionne Serrette, Coordinator
Math Staff Developer