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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. Van Dyke
3rd Grade - Spencer Pointe
dvandyke@nlsd122.org

3rd Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

This year I will be piloting the Pearson ReadyGen reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. ReadyGen also offers interactive anchor texts, digital publishing tools, and game-based online activities to increase student engagement while building literacy skills.

  • Reading: ReadyGen lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and ideas, and analyzing text structure. ReadyGen uses a generative approach to vocabulary instruction where words are taught in clusters, with a focus on key words that are critical to understanding the text.
  • Phonics Skills: We will be covering many phonics skills this year so check the newsletter for the skill each week.
  • Writing: Throughout the year, students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text. 
  • English:  Students will be learning about parts of speech and grammar rules. We will be covering sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and contractions. 
We also do Guided Reading centers during Language Arts instruction. For more information on Guided Reading please click the link below.

 

Spelling

We will be using the ReadyGen spelling program which focuses on spelling patterns. Students will receive lists that should be practiced nightly. A test on these words will be given. Students have additional opportunities for practice in the classroom that include: workbook pages, creating sentences, ABC order, word patterns, etc.  

Math

Our Math program is called Everyday Math 4.  Students will be studying time, number stories, arrays, multiplication, division, fractions, operations/computations, measurement, and geometry through the use of activities, discussions, and games.  Throughout the year, you will receive family letters to keep you informed of the mathematical content that your child will be studying in each unit.  Each letter includes a vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child, and an answer guide to Home Links (homework).  Home Links will come home most weeknights and correspond to the lesson that was taught previously that day.  They are a great way to review with your child what was taught during Math that day.  All Home Links also have a family note to explain any new math algorithms taught in class.

Handwriting:

            Our handwriting program is called Handwriting Without Tears. In the classroom we will practice the letters, analyze strokes, and practice alignment. By the end of the second trimester, the students will be writing in cursive.

Science:

            We are addressing the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards).  We will learn about the following topics:  motion and stability: Forces and Interactions, From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits (plant and animal only), Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, Earth’s Systems, Earth and Human Activity, and Engineering Design. The students will be creating an Interactive Science Notebook for each of these areas of study.

Social Studies:

             Our social studies program publisher is Pearson. The My World social studies program utilizes storytelling to bring social studies to life. The program connects social studies content and literacy instruction with materials that are streamlined and attended to today's classroom. 

Homework:

            The purpose of homework is to promote responsibility and to review and reinforce class lessons. Several late homework assignments will result in a check mark on your child’s report card.

Home Links (Math Homework):

           Most weeks, look for Home Links to come home Monday through Thursday nights.  Please have your child complete the Home Link and return it to school the following day.