Curriculum 2014-2015: 3rd Grade

Below are our goals and resources for third grade. The goals listed here are largely academic and do not fully encompass our long-term goals of homeschooling.

Language Arts:

Goals:

1. to independently read longer works of fiction ("chapter books") and nonfiction
2. orally summarize main points from reading
3. ask and answer what, how, why and what-if questions about texts through discussion and writing
4. use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words
5. learn to use a table of contents and index
6. read by pleasure every day
7. write brief stories, reports, poems, letters, descriptions, etc.
8. find information in basic sources (e.g., children's encyclopedia) to write reports
9. continue working on letter-writing conventions (e.g., heading, salutation, closing, signature)
10. practice writing paragraphs with topic sentence, central idea, supporting details, concluding sentence)
11. practice organizing, drafting, revising, and proofreading writings
12. practice spelling and vocabulary enrichment daily
13. spell most words correctly when writing; use a dictionary to check spelling
14. study use of prefixes (e.g., re, un, dis) and suffixes (e.g., er, less, ly)
15. practice using homophones correctly (e.g., by, buy; to, two, too)
16. recognize common abbreviations (e.g., U.S.A, St. ft.)
17. distinguish complete sentences from fragments; identify subjects and predicates
18. identify and use declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences
19. study use of nouns, pronouns (singular and plural), verbs (actions and helping), adjectives (including articles a, an, the), and adverbs
20. know how to use: period, question mark, exclamation point, comma (in dates; addresses; in a series; after yes and no), apostrophe (in contractions and possessive nouns)
21. read and listen to poems
22. read and listen to stories
23. read and listen to nonfiction prose
24. read myths from Greek, Roman, Norse and Christian mythology
25. learn more literary terms (e.g., biography, autobiography, fiction, nonfiction)
26. tell and write own stories

What We're Using:

Brave Writer- The Writer's Jungle, Partnership Writing, and The Arrow
SRA Reading Mastery Plus (1x a week)
Explode the Code
Spelling Power (daily)
Five in a Row Volume One and Two (1 week a month)
Typing Pal (5 min. daily)

Assortment of read-alouds including:

In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid, Penelope Lively
D'Aulaire's Greek Myths
Black Ships before Troy: The Story of the Iliad, Rosemary Sutcliffe
The Odyssey  retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
Trojan Horse, David Clement-Davies
Roman myths
Detectives in Togas, HenryWinterfield
Latin American folktales
Indian folktales
The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Bishop
Mystery of the Roman Ransom, Henry Winterfield
The Canterbury Tales, Geraldine McCaughrean
The Fairie Queen, Edmund Spenser
Saint George and the Dragon, Margaret Hodges
Morte d'Arthur, Thomas Malory (and other Arthur stories)
Shakespeare for kids (Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet)

FIAR books:
Mrs. Katz and Tush, The Story of Ferdinand, Owl Moon, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Follow the Drinking Gourd, When I Was Young in the Mountains, Miss Rumphius)

History and Geography:

Goals:

1. to learn fascinating stories and events from our past.
2. to learn about early people and ancient civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, Rome, and the Aztec empire, as well as others).
4. to become more comfortable with reading maps and map keys and finding places on the globe.
5. to continue learning about oceans, continents and political and physical boundaries
6. to learn about great men and women of all kinds, battles and wars, important inventions, world religions, details of daily life and culture, and great books.

What We're Using:

finishing The Story of the World, Volume 1
The Story of the World, Volume 2

Science:

Goals:

1. to learn the basics of chemistry through experimentation
2. to understand the following terms and their meanings: atoms, ions, molecules, electrons, protons, neutrons, chemical reactions, polymers, etc.
3. to observe chemistry experiments and discuss
4. to take notes on experiments using appropriate vocabulary
5. to revisit earth science and deepen an understanding toward: the solar system, weather, land and water, regions of earth, changes to the surface of earth, materials of earth and conservation

What We're Using:

Adventures with Atoms and Molecules: Chemistry Experiments for Young People, Book I
Science videos from Bill Nye, The Magic School Bus
Science class (Gr. 3-6) (1x a week)
Pre-Engineering Lego class (1x a week for 2 hours)

Math:

Goals:

1. read, write, order and compare whole numbers up to 999,999; recognize place value of each digit
2. round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred digit
3. learn the concept of negative numbers
4. locate positive and negative whole numbers on a number line
5. make and read bar graphs and line graphs
6. learn Roman numerals from 1 to 20 (I-XX)
7. recognize fractions to 1/10
8. write mixed numbers (e.g., 4 3/4)
9. equate and compare simple fractions
10. read and write decimals to the hundredths
11. write amounts of money
12. make change, using as few coins as possible
13. find the sum (up to 10,000) of any two whole numbers
14. given two whole numbers of 10,000 or less, find the difference between them
15. learn multiplication facts up to  10 X 10 and corresponding division facts
16. understand multiplication and division as opposite operations
17. multiply two- and three-digit numbers by one-digit numbers
18. divide two- and three-digit number by one-digit numbers
19. practice mental computation and estimating sums, difference, and products
20. solve two-step word problems
21. solve problems with more than one operation (43-32) x (5+3)
22. measure, estimate, and compare objects by size, weight, capacity, and quantity
23. make measurements using standard units
24. learn some relationships between units (e.g., 1 yard = 36 inches)
25. tell time to the minute; solve problems involving time; practice using calendar
26. identify various polygons
27. study concept of area
28. identify basic solids (e.g., spheres, cubes, pyramids)
29. identify lines of symmetry; create symmetric figures

What We're Using:

Saxon Math 3

Latin:

Goals:

1. to immerse in a beginning Latin course
2. to feel comfortable using Latin aloud and in written speech
3. to be able to read some Latin

What We're Using:

Song School Latin


Art and Music:

Goals:

1. to observe, describe and appreciate fine art
2. to hear, describe and appreciate music
3. to experiment artistically
4. to learn about different instruments
5. to visit art musuems
6. to enjoy making crafts

What We're Using:

more Beethoven's Wig
Recorder class (1x a week)

Physical Education and Health:

Goals:

1. to move his body every day through play, exercise or sports
2. to feel accomplished/healthy after movement
3. to equate movement with health and fun
4. to be able to discriminate between healthy and unhealthy choices
5. to continue to practice good independent hygiene
6. to identify whole foods and their basic nutritional properties
7. to try a variety of sports
8. to set and work on personal fitness goals
9. to continue helping in the kitchen and learning about different healthy foods

What We're Doing:

Outdoor play with friends (typically from 4pm-8pm)
Neighborhood walks
Hikes/Nature walks


Many of these goals were created with the assistance of William J. Bennett's The Educated Child: A Parents Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade and The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.



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