3rd Grade Curriculum
Grade 3 Overview
The language arts program is a comprehensive use of phonics, comprehension strategies, vocabulary, grammar, study skills, and writing. Along with using a wide variety of genres and teaching techniques, this integrated approach provides students with a balance of skills and strategies needed to become confident learners, critical thinkers and problem solvers.
The social studies curriculum includes communities and cultures, Maryland, and United States history. The focus at this level is to provide students the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future. This is accomplished by the use of texts, literature, writing activities, projects, maps, group work, technology, and field trips. Students also learn skills such as note taking, outlining, and test taking that will help them as they prepare to enter the upper grades.
In grade 3, students transition into using the Saxon Math textbooks. The use of hands-on manipulatives and activities is an important part of the curriculum. Continuing the philosophy of incremental development and continual review, students develop topics in small steps over time. At this level, students become proficient with basic facts and concepts needed for a foundation in middle school math.