Third Grade Curriculum Overview
Third Graders at Trinity Episcopal Day School focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration throughout the curriculum. The reading program includes a variety of literary genres in which we apply the corresponding weekly vocabulary. This program also provides our English units including grammar and mechanics, phonics, and writing skills. We use an additional vocabulary resource to strengthen vocabulary. Each lesson introduces 10 new vocabulary words with application exercises and passages. Novel studies are incorporated throughout the year. Our Math program emphasizes number and numeration, operations and computation, geometry, measurement and reference frames, patterns, functions, and algebra. Corresponding math thinking includes integration with technology and other multi-media sources. Students focus on their home state of Louisiana through units of geography history, civics, culture and more. Students research and complete projects on assigned aspects of Louisiana and its culture. Third graders also research the Presidents of the United States and complete their projects with a presentation. Hands on activities guide students as they apply the concepts they are studying in Science. Topics in Science include measuring and describing matter, forms of energy, forces, motion, rocks and soil, plants and animals. Students also visit the Science Lab to continue investigations through experiments and problem solving.
Special Events and Activities:
Third graders attend a narrated swamp tour to help strengthen their knowledge of the geography, history and wildlife of our state.
Students will research, collaborate, and demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work on a Presidential report and presentation.
Students will take a field trip to visit a Louisiana lighthouse as a culmination of their study and project completion of an assigned lighthouse.