“I had an appointment on campus the other day, and swung by my son’s classroom before leaving campus. He was so completely focussed on class, he had no idea I was waving to him from the doorway. He was just mesmerized at what he was doing. It was amazing.” – SMCDS Father of a third grader, 2014.
The overarching goal of the third grade program is to allow students to use the skills developed in earlier grades to stretch their wings and experience the wealth of knowledge available to them. The language arts curriculum in the third grade provides a balanced literacy program, including guided reading, direct whole group reading instruction, word study, and writing workshop.
Students continue in the Singapore math program and explore place value to the thousandths place, further develop computation skills, multiply and divide with larger numbers and work with more sophisticated two-step word problems.
During their thematic studies, students begin with a study of Rhode Island. To gain valuable reading and geography skills, the students travel through history researching their own state and then embark on a walking tour of Newport. From there, the focus expands to a study of the United States. In addition to learning about the various regions of the country, each student researches an individual state and then shares their projects with the rest of the class.
During the winter, third graders research and focus on China, culminating with a Chinese feast. At the end of the school year, students add science to their thematic studies as they move on to birds and their traits. Third graders participate weekly in French, music, art, library, physical education, science and drama classes taught by specialists who work in closely with the classroom teachers to integrate the curriculum so that subjects are studied in depth and from many viewpoints.