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Third & Fourth Grade Curriculum


Reading and Language Arts


Reading, Scott Foresman
English, Houghton Mifflin

The reading series that we use is published by Scott Foresman. It is a comprehensive program that addresses all areas of literacy development, including; reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and spelling, writing, and grammar. Though reading is taught at school, it should be practiced at home daily. The best way to improve reading is to read. A good rule of thumb for third-graders is fifteen to twenty minutes of reading each night.

A spelling pretest will be administered at the beginning of each week. Spelling lists consist of fifteen words that are used to teach and practice the spelling rules that govern our language. After each new spelling skill is presented, students are expected to apply the use of that skill to their writing.

To further develop the skills necessary for good writing, we will also be utilizing Houghton Mifflin’s English program. There will be daily instruction in the proper usage of sentence structure, parts of speech, capitalization, and punctuation.

It is important that all writing be done neatly and legibly. The Zaner-Bloser handwriting program is used to develop and practice proper letter formation. A brief review of the manuscript alphabet will be followed by a thorough course of instruction in cursive writing.

Knowledge and mastery of reading, spelling, vocabulary, language arts, and handwriting skills will be applied in the formal use of the writing process. Pre-writing, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing are the steps that will be used to complete monthly assignments, including; descriptive, comparative, and persuasive essays, as well as personal narratives, letter writing, and poetry.

Informal writing such as journal writing and response writing will also be used across the curriculum. The writing techniques covered in the Reading and Language Arts block will be expected to carry over into Social Studies, Science, and Religion classes.


Math


 enVisionMath, Scott Foresman

Milford Catholic uses enVisionMath which was published in 2011 by Scott Foresman. It is a research-based program that is designed to meet the learning needs of all students. Each lesson begins with a review of previously learned material followed by direct instruction in problem-based, interactive learning concepts with real world applications. Concepts are also presented visually and are further developed with the use of guided and independent practice. Problem solving is a key component of the program and students are frequently asked to explain their answers. Each lesson closes with a quick assessment designed to allow teachers to make important instructional decisions.

Some of the content topics are:

Place value
Adding and subtracting whole numbers with and without regrouping
Multiplication
Division
Patterns and relationships between numbers
Solids and shapes
Congruence and symmetry
Decimals and money
Time and temperature
Fractions
Measurement
Data, graphs and probability

This year we will use timed, daily practice drills to help students memorize math facts. It is extremely important that students accurately and automatically know their basic facts in addition, subtraction, and multiplication. This can be easily accomplished by practicing at home for a short time each night. Flash cards can be made out of index cards, and students can either be quizzed by a partner or even quiz themselves.

Nightly homework will be used to practice skills in which mastery has already been demonstrated.

Milford Catholic Elementary School Third Grade


Religion


We Believe: We Are the Church

At Milford Catholic, religion is more than a class. We believe it is important to show God that we are thankful for His many blessings. We begin and end each day with prayer. We attend Mass on the first Friday of each month and on most Holy Days.

Sadlier’s We Believe: We Are the Church is our religion textbook. With a focus on the Church, we will begin third grade by reviewing how Jesus gave us the Church. Next, we will discuss membership in the Church and how we worship. We will learn about each of the sacraments and the seasons of the Church year. With every chapter we will discuss how each of us can be a disciple of Jesus.


Science


Nancy Larson Science 3

This year, we will be using Nancy Larson Science 3. Nancy Larson Science 3 is a complete hands-on elementary curriculum with challenging content that engages students. The curriculum is aligned with the 3rd grade common core standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Science Framework.

Nancy Larson Science 3 starts with the big picture and moves to the child’s world. The units of study include: Astronomy-Exploring Our Solar System; Chemistry-Investigating Elements and Compounds; Physics-Observing Physical Changes; Meteorology-Investigating Changes in Our Atmosphere; Geology-Exploring the Earth’s Structure; Botany-Examining the Structure and Function of Parts of Seed Plants; and Zoology-Investigating Amphibians and Reptiles.


Social Studies


 Communities, Scott Foresman

Our Social Studies text is called Communities by Scott Foresman. With a concentration on Massachusetts, we will learn about many different kinds of communities, big and small. We will learn about their history, economics, science and technology, geography, culture, citizenship, government, and symbols.