Third Grade

The third grade program incorporates the constructivists learning theory into everyday instruction, engaging students in hands on, project -based learning.  Students are provided differentiated instruction to fit their particular needs.  They participate in cooperative and collaborative learning activities designed to develop their social and academic skills.  Each student is provided with individualized learning profiles through Renzulli Learning.  The Renzulli program is used both in and out of the classroom to enrich students' learning experiences.  In addition, technology, art, music, and PE are important, integral components of the third grade curriculum.

The language arts curriculum provides students an opportunity to solidify literacy skills. This includes:  fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, predicting, drawing conclusions, inference, and constructing genuine responses to literature.  The writing program, one of the hallmarks of the third grade curriculum, is integrated throughout all subjects. Students practice the writing process through a variety of genres, such as, narratives, compare and contrast, summary, and a persuasive letter.  Along with the writing process, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar are taught in context in order to be more meaningful to the students.

In math, third grade students begin to delve into complex mathematical concepts that utilize their higher level thinking skills.  Students begin to learn and master place value to the hundred thousandths place, rounding, adding and subtracting whole numbers, geometry, multiplication concepts and facts, division, fractions, measurement, metric measurement, perimeter, area, volume, decimals, data and probability.  CD-ROMs and manipulatives are both utilized to help students grasp concepts.

In social studies, third graders learn more about our connections to the past.  There is an emphasis on the physical and cultural landscape of California, including the study of American Indians, the subsequent arrival of immigrants, and the impact they had on our contemporary society.

In science, third graders study matter and energy, structures of life, and the sun, moon, and stars.  Students utilize the Scientific Method through hands-on science experiments and record their hypothesis, data, and conclusions in a science notebook.