Grade 3 is a time when students become more independent in the work that they do in school and the homework that they complete at home. Students are becoming more comfortable in using the planner everyday to plan the work that they are to complete and set goals. This is the year where students transition from printing to writing!
Grade 3 becomes more familiar with specific themes that are taught in Religion.There will be an emphasis on the special religious events that are celebrated throughout the year. Students will gain a fuller grasp of praying the Rosary, recognizing how to pray it properly and the specific prayers that are said on the beads. They will have the opportunity to lead a mass this year in December. All subjects that are taught in Grade 3 are related to and integrated with Language Arts.Students are continuing to develop their reading skills, and moving on from guided to independent reading. They will become more confident in the sentences that they write, the grammar and punctuation that they use, and the paragraphs that they construct.
In Math, Grade 3 continues the topics from Grade 2, but with newer concepts and greater challenge.Students will be using the program JUMP Math where the concepts are isolated and described very clearly and incrementally that everyone can understand them. The following concepts will be taught: number concepts to 1000, addition and subtraction to 1000, multiplication and division, measurement using standard units, time concepts, money up to $100, graphs and charts, 3-D shapes, chance and probability, and fraction concepts.
In Science, students will develop and participate in different experiments in the classroom.Experiments will be conducted so that students will gain a greater understanding of the concepts. The following concepts will be discussed:living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystem; all matter is made of particles; thermal energy can be produced and transferred; wind, water, and ice change the shape of the land.
In Social Studies, students will develop a greater sense of cultural characteristics of indigenous peoples that exist locally, provincially, in our country and globally. They will build on the mapping skills that they have learned in Grade 2, and become familiar with the characteristics of Canada’s provinces.
The ‘Homeward Bound Program’ continues from Grade Twobut in a different format. Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes every night. Students can read on their own, with an adult, or take turns with their siblings or other family members. A daily reading log will be kept, and every Thursday a journal entry will be completed based on what the student is reading.