Third Grade Curriculum
District 205 recently adopted Wit & Wisdom and Fundations. Wit & Wisdom® is a comprehensive K–8 English language arts curriculum crafted to help students build the knowledge and skills they need to be successful readers, exceptional writers, and effective communicators.
We believe that classrooms should be places where students and teachers encounter wit, wisdom, wonder, rigor, and knowledge.
- Focus Standards
- Targets made of multiple standards
- Formative and summative assessments
- Anchor and suggested texts
- Examples of academic vocabulary
The strands of reading, writing, listening/speaking, language standards are interrelated and call for integration of the strands to develop together and be mutually supportive.
THIRD GRADE MODULES
- THE SEA
- OUTER SPACE
- A NEW HOME
WHY DEVELOP A STANDARD'S BASED CURRICULUM FOR READING?
The State Standards require students to:
- Analyze and interpret complex text
- Engage in rich evidence-based conversations about text
- Critically think and question
- Communicate with clarity about a text
- Select and create texts for different needs and purposes
- Interact with and utilize digital technologies and contexts for a variety of purposes
- Develop personal identities as communicators and literate individuals
- Appreciate reading and writing across genres
REFERENCES FOR FINDING INDEPENDENT READING BOOKS
Below are a few links that provide lists of book suggestions for independent reading. These sites are helpful because they recommend books by genre interests, as well as age-appropriate suggestions.
Have fun curling up to a great book!
Fundations systematically and comprehensively instructs students in phonemic awareness and word study (both phonetic and high frequency/sight words) and contributes greatly to fluency, vocabulary development, and the applications of strategies for understanding text.
READING SKILL PRACTICE
Below is a link that will provide our students with skill based practice that can enhance their abilities with a variety of reading skills. Review your child's RIT band scores from the MAP Assessment data that you have received. Simply, click on this link and have the students click on the RIT band number range that matches your child's scores. As your child masters skills by practicing the different lessons and games, allow your child to move on to the next RIT band to practice higher level skills. Please note that not all of these games have been reviewed entirely by our staff, some of them are subject to exposing advertisements. As always, please make sure you are reviewing the websites your child is visiting.
Through Wit & Wisdom, students will explore the essential questions and practice writing written responses using exemplars, text evidence and elaboration to develop their writing. Students will also explore writing using the workshop model which includes:
- a whole group mini lesson
- independent practice
- individual conferencing with the teacher
- group conferencing targeting a specific strategy/goal
- presentation of writing pieces (celebrations)
The three main units in third grade are:
DISTRICT 205 OVERARCHING MATH GOALS:
- make sense of never-before-seen, “messy” problems and persevere in solving them.
- construct viable arguments using mathematics and statistics and critique the reasoning of others.
It is broken down into the following segments:
- Fluency Practice - less than 10 minutes a day with a focus on flexible number sense
- Application - novel application of math concepts is expected from all students
- Concept Development - develop existing mathematical skills or encounter a new one
- Student Debrief - reflect on the day’s learning, includes an exit ticket the teacher uses to diagnose future learning needs
EUREKA MATH VOCABULARY
- Module - unit of study, does not necessarily match each D205 unit number. Third grade's first unit of study is however Module 1.
- Most units will have a preassessment, a mid-module-assessment in the middle of the unit and an end-of-module-assessment at the end. Some units have no mid-module-assessment because they are short.
- Preassessments allow teachers to diagnose advanced learners and also to measure learning growth for all students. Performance on preassessments is usually not communicated to parents because of their diagnostic nature.
PRACTICE YOUR MULTIDIGIT ADDITION SKILLS BY TRYING THIS GAME!
Here is a game to practice estimating when adding and subtracting numbers!
Here are some great sites for practice with money!
Below are links the students can review and practice to assist them with their understanding of POLYGONS!
Below are links the students can review and practice to assist them with their understanding of SYMMETRY!
Below is a link the students can review and practice to assist them with their understanding of TRANSFORMATIONS!
We are so excited to tell you about a new social-emotional learning program we’ll be doing with your students this year called The Nora Project Primer Pack. The Nora Project’s mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities. Through the Primer Pack, students are introduced to a variety of topics which will help them to develop meaningful relationships with their peers of all abilities.
The Primer Pack aims to teach students the critical skill and value of empathy while also normalizing difference and demystifying disability. As you undoubtedly know, empathy is defined as “the ability to understand how someone else is feeling or to understand the situation they are in.” Knowing what empathy means is one thing; putting it into practice is another. Many believe that empathy is a character trait you either have or you don’t, but studies show that talking about kindness, role-modeling altruism, and practicing teamwork positively impact character development and cultivate empathetic students and supportive, connected communities. The Primer Pack lays the foundation for these all-important empathy skills by providing students with opportunities to identify as “includers,” or individuals who demonstrate kindness, empathy, and emotional literacy towards others.
The Primer Pack is a one-year program including weekly lessons which address the following learning outcomes:
Outcome 1: Students Will Develop Emotional Literacy
Students learn about how to recognize and label emotions in themselves and others. They practice emotional regulation strategies and learn about how using a growth mindset can improve their relationships.
Outcome 2: Students Will Recognize Emotion in Peers and Begin to Understand Empathy
Students develop an understanding of the definition of empathy and learn about how to show empathy toward others. They learn that all people have similarities and differences and that empathy should be and can be extended to all people of all abilities.
Outcome 3: Students Will Demonstrate Ways to Be a Good Friend
Armed with an understanding of empathy, students begin to think about their relationships with their peers and what it means to be a good friend. They learn that being a good friend means being inclusive and adapting their behaviors or activities to include everyone.
Outcome 4: Students Will Recognize That Differences Make Us Who We Are and Develop Skills to Interact Respectfully With People of All Abilities
Students receive explicit instruction about visible and invisible disabilities in an effort to normalize difference and demystify disability. Students learn that disability is one part of human diversity.
- SIMPLE MACHINES
The websites below will give the students interactive practice by using and identifying simple machines.
- Chicago History
District 205 uses the TCI Our Community and Beyond and Communities Here and There program. There is also a focus on geography. The district principles behind this curriculum are based on the program:
- Engaging students with compelling questions
- Hands-on geography lessons
- Online student texts from Grades 2-5
- Online resources for teachers and students
- Incorporating technology
- Engaging and interactive activities for students of all ages that encourage and support rich discussions
Our three units are as follows:
- Trimester 1 - Economics
- Trimester 2 - Culture
- Trimester 3- Immigration