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.
- Cursive is introduced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.