The year-long theme of third grade is the study of three cultural groups who lived in the Chesapeake Bay region during the 17th century. Students learn about the native people of the Eastern Woodlands, English colonists, and enslaved West Africans. The study provides the context to explore the ways in which environments, values, and colonization shape how cultures meet their basic needs.
In the writing program, third graders explore how to communicate their ideas and feelings to a variety of audiences and for a variety of purposes. We study models of fiction and nonfiction. As the children write in many forms and across the curriculum, they learn to see writing as a process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing, sharing). Spelling patterns and strategies as well as rules of capitalization and punctuation are also a significant focus of the
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The third grade explores the following questions: What are the needs and characteristics of living things? How do living things meet their needs? Using an inquiry-based approach in the classroom and at sites around the campus, students try to answer these questions through making observations, designing and carrying out experiments, having discussions, and using a variety of scientific tools. Students become adept at using the metric system in their research, and learn to work with stereo and compound microscopes as they focus on the structure and function of plant parts.
While third graders take large leaps in building and expanding upon skills developed in the first and second grades related to creativity, communication, and research, they also venture deeply into relatively new areas of study, including programming with tools such as SCRATCH and digital citizenship lessons from the Common Sense curriculum. Third graders are taught multi-tasking techniques and are able to collect, analyze, process, and display data with digital graphing tools.
The year-long theme of third grade is the study of three cultural groups who lived in the Chesapeake Bay region during the 17th century. Students learn about native people of the Eastern Woodlands, English colonists, and enslaved West Africans. This study provides the context to explore the ways in which environments, values, and colonization shape how cultures meet their basic needs. Students venture into the woods to create survival tools and shelters, while field trips to Historic London Town and St. Mary's City enrich the curriculum. In addition, each spring our third graders are guided through hands-on experiences: cooking Johnnycakes and a West African stew, and making candles, paper, and ink.