Mrs. Katie Buffington, Teacher
Third grade science is an enrichment of hands-on activities in which students explore topics in earth, life, and physical science. Topics include states of matter, materials of the earth, plant and animal life cycles, etc. Activities include experiments, labs, and outdoor experiences.
Third grade social studies curriculum focuses on government, map skills, Georgia history and national geography. Students use music and movement to enrich their understanding of national geography. A service-learning project, “Capitals for Cancer” is incorporated with our study of the country.
Math in third grade facilitates student understanding and application of knowledge to the following skill sets: place value to the hundred thousand place, three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication and division facts (0’s through 9’s), multiplication of 3-digit number by 1-digit number, geometry, statistics and probability, measurement, fractions, and decimals. Course work is driven by Everyday Mathematics curriculum, which involves whole-group instruction, small-group instruction, and math games. Students will participate in an on-going service-learning project by crocheting scarves for Warm Up America. During this project, students will apply multiplication and geometry skills.
Students in the third grade are exposed to both fiction and non-fiction genres of writing and literature. One class novel is read per quarter. During the third quarter, we read, “Rent a Third Grader” and students work together to create a service project. Third graders also use the Accelerated Reader Program in which they work toward their individual reading goals while reading at their own pace and ability. Students in third grade learn the skills needed to write paragraphs in many genres such as informative, descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and biography. Students learn to edit their own work, as well as others, as a way to practice using proper grammar, punctuation, and standard spelling. Third grade grammar includes prepositions, writing friendly letters, capitalization, punctuation, types of sentences, subject and predicate, verbs, nouns, adjectives, conjunctions, interjections, adverbs, pronouns, and writing sentences. Students are given the opportunity to write and publish a story during the first semester. In December, we travel to Sunny Grove with cards and baked goods. Students read their stories, sing Christmas carols, and socialize with the residents.
-Rock Eagle 4-H Overnight Camp
-Georgia State Capitol
-World of Coke
-Various performing arts performances (vary according to offerings listed each year)
-Choral Performances led by the Music Specialist