Third Grade Wellness and Life Skills

The Wellness and Life Skills program contains three core areas of focus. The first is teaching students to identify emotions, perceive and recognize others’ perspectives, solve problems and manage emotions. The second focuses on mindfulness. Using a research-based curriculum, students are taught skills which build resilience to stress and anxiety, and develop a positive mindset…

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Third Grade Spanish

Lively classes conducted in the target language provide students with ample opportunities to practice listening and speaking skills and to learn about familiar topics in Spanish. These focus on “my school,” “my community” and “familiar foods.” Students develop and expand basic writing skills in Spanish by creating digital mini-books related to the topics. Students also…

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Third Grade Music

Music classes are taught using the Orff approach, involving listening, movement, singing and other creative activities. Students develop skills in music theory and instrumental music, playing instruments such as the xylophone and other percussion instruments. Students perform at weekly Inspirations and at holiday and spring concerts, showcasing the curriculum. Students also are introduced to movement…

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Third Grade Physical Education

Students continue to develop and refine the correct techniques for using manipulative skills in games. Soccer, track, badminton, volleyball and floor hockey units are introduced. We continue to emphasize and apply sequential skill progressions in partner and small group activities, followed by lead-up games. During Healthy Habits, we discuss the importance and benefits of exercise,…

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Third Grade Library

We have two main goals in Library: to help students become successful seekers, users and integrators of information from many sources, and to promote reading as a lifelong skill and pleasure. Skills to seek, evaluate and synthesize information are implemented across the grades at developmentally appropriate levels. Each class also features a read-aloud story and…

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Third Grade Innovation and Computer Science

From coding with Scratch Jr., to researching and recording YouTube weather reports, third grade students apply age-appropriate coding concepts by creating their own programs and learning about the role of ethics in technology. Through discovering, engineering, tinkering and sharing their work, students engage in the self-directed learning process that is crucial to innovation. These creative…

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Third Grade Art

Projects are more in-depth, incorporating art skills learned in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Painting assignments involve compositional design, use of color and shape relationships and inclusion of detail. Students work from observation and imagination while sketching figures, still life arrangements and landscapes. They use their knowledge of relief printing, texture and design to…

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Third Grade Science

Science in the Lower School is designed to help students, through inquiry, to continually build on their abilities and revise their knowledge stemming from their curiosity about the immediate environment and their initial conceptions about how the world works. The goals for the program are to provide students with engaging hands-on opportunities and experiences to…

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Third Grade Social Studies

Social Studies incorporates the study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the Lower School program, Social Studies provides a coordinated, systematic study drawing upon geography, history, economics and political science, and relevant content from language arts, mathematics and the sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help our…

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Third Grade Math

Students use a base-10 context to represent the place value of two-digit and three-digit numbers up to 1,000. Students solve addition and subtraction problems with two-digit and three-digit numbers, developing computation strategies that are built on adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and finding combinations that add to 100. Students investigate the properties of multiplication…

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