Students in third grade progress through a multi-faceted reading program that includes the reading of novels, short stories, non-fiction articles and poetry. With emphasis on comprehension, the reading program fosters and develops higher-level thinking skills. The development of oral and written communication is integrated across all subject areas. Mechanics, proper grammar, vocabulary development, spelling and proofreading skills are taught and practiced. D’Nealian cursive is reviewed and practiced or implimented.
The math program stresses problem solving and cooperative learning skills. Cuissennaire rods, Base 10 blocks, tangrams, pattern blocks and calculators are just a few of the manipulatives students use to develop their understanding of concepts involving number sense, numeration, estimation, probability, fractions, geometry, graphing and whole number operations. Fluency of addition and subtraction facts is expected at this level. Third graders work to master the multiplication and division facts through 12.
The science program is a hands-on program which includes physical science, chemistry, biology, earth science and environmental studies. Projects are included within each unit covered.
The social studies curriculum is divided into three main units during the year: Pioneer Life, New Jersey and the United States. The units include map skills, geography, research skills, guest speakers, trips, hands-on projects and report writing. The children work both independently and cooperatively within work study groups.
The third grade schedule also includes a foreign language, art, computer lab, library, physical education, music and choir. A few of the special events to look forward to in the third grade are: Pioneer Day, Clubs, The Science Fair, The Liberty Science Center, Writing Day, Biography Awards, and Family Day to name a few.