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3rd Grade Language Arts

What we do:

  • Move from learning to read to reading to learn
  • Distinguish common forms of literature and determine the underlying theme or author’s message in fiction and nonfiction text
  • Decode regular multisyllabic words
  • Read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and accurately, with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression
  • Use knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, homophones, and homographs to determine the meanings of words
  • Create paragraphs by developing topic sentences and including simple supporting facts and details
  • Revise drafts to improve the coherence and logical progression of ideas
  • Identify and use subjects and verbs correctly

How we do it:

  • Reading Workshop:
    • Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group, and individualized instruction to progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills, and are immersed in a culture of reading and talking about books that fosters the habits of a lifelong reader.
  • Writing Workshop:
    • Students self-select writing topics and engage in the writing process. They are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and one-to-one instruction that allows each individual student to become a more competent writer. Specific genres, skills and strategies are taught in accordance with grade level benchmarks. Students learn to use writing as a meaningful and powerful tool to communicate and express their ideas and opinions.
  • Phonics, Spelling, & Word Study:
    • Spelling Connections is a comprehensive spelling curriculum that provides complete, explicit, differentiated instruction that allows students to retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy.
  • Handwriting:
    • Cursive is introduced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.