Third grade at Saint Joseph Elementary School is a year filled with many academic and social accomplishments. As students seek God across the curriculum, they are ever striving to excel in all areas. Students will participate in many hands on and interactive learning experiences. Third graders will become scientists, cartographers, authors, publishers, and many things in between. This year your child will continue to develop the skills to become independent life long learners.
In third grade at Saint Joseph Elementary School the students are on a quest to learn the faithful traditions of the Catholic Church. Students identify and understand our Christian faith through Scripture and Tradition. Third grade focuses on recognizing the origins, characteristics, and work of the church. Increasing their understanding of the liturgical year celebrations and the ways we choose to witness Jesus’ acts of generosity and love is a major focus of our third grade curriculum. Throughout our year we will grow as a community of Christians, with a deeper knowledge of prayers, mass services, and history of the Catholic identity.
The third grade ELA program uses Houghton Mifflin’s Reading program and Scholastic’s Trait Crate to improve students reading and writing abilities. The crate contains material for teaching writing using six traits including ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, and convention. The crate includes mentor texts and activities to support students' development of those 6 traits in their writing. To coincide with this, students also practice phonics skills including syllabication activities, contractions, inflectional endings, blends, and digraphs. The combination of all of these skills increase students’ reading level and improves their writing skills. Furthermore, students work with Greek and Latin root words to deepen their understanding of word meanings. Students’ progress is monitored throughout the year through the Collin’s Writing Program and Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment.
Third grade math is centered on the enVisions program. Students begin by revisiting place value and number and operations before beginning multiplication and division. Towards the middle of the year, students work to understand and compare fractions. By spring, students are introduced to geometry with a focus on angles, polygons, triangles and quadrilaterals. They also learn about the concept of time and how to measure to the nearest hour and minute. We finish the year by learning about perimeter, area, and graphing.
The third grade social studies curriculum gives students the opportunity to act as cartographers, historians, government representatives, and famous historical figures all while focusing on Massachusetts history as far back as the 17th century. Students spend the fall learning about the significance of the Wampanoag and Pilgrims and finish the unit with a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. The year continues with an exploration of hometown and government; focusing on tax, community leaders, and economics. Next students learn about Massachusetts’ role in the American Revolution, paying close attention to the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battle of Bunker Hill. The year concludes with a study of important people in our past including Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and W.E.B. Du Bois.
The third grade science curriculum begins by exploring scientific inquiry and the process of conducting scientific experiments. Students learn how scientists conduct research to determine whether or not initial hypotheses are accurate based on results. Once this concept is developed, students become scientists themselves by participating in many hands-on experiments related to the curriculum. Throughout the year we explore plants, animals, and living things. 3rd graders will learn the importance of classification and life cycle related to these topics. Students connect animals and living things to ecosystems and habitats. Furthermore, we explore our Earth, Universe, and weather systems.