Riegel_161027_0011The 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.

Riegel_161027_0631During 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.

COVID 19 update — our campus is closed but #SMSstaysconnected!

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID 19 in our SMS community. As Head of School Jim Heus wrote in a letter home to parents:

“In keeping with our nation’s efforts to maintain social distancing, and consistent with Governor Raimondo’s two-week suspension of public schools throughout the state, we will launch our plan for distance learning. We have planned, rehearsed and are ready to execute ‘virtual’ instruction on Monday, March 30th.”

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