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CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

We are going to have an exciting year in third grade. Students will participate in Reader's and Writer's Workshop, and Math Workshop. We will use the scientific process to investigate our science themes and utilize our research skills through Social Studies.

 

READING WORKSHOP

During Reading Workshop students will participate in model lessons where they will learn a variety of reading strategies. When reading independently and during partner reading students will be able to hone their reading skills by applying the reading strategies during daily practice. As readers we continue to grow and develop through self-evaluation. Self-evaluation and reflection are important elements in the Reading Workshop. Students will meet 2-3 times per week as participants in Guided Reading. Guided Reading is a powerful tool in developing students' reading skills because it allows the teacher to differentiate instruction and meet the unique needs of all readers. For more information on Reading Workshop, please visit our Reading Workshop page.

READING STRATEGIES

  • Making Connections (Schema)

  • Visualizing

  • Inferring

  • Questioning

  • Determining Importance

  • Synthesizing

  • Fix Up Strategies (Repairing Breakdowns in Comprehension)


WRITING WORKSHOP

During Writing Workshop students will participate in model lessons where they will learn the skills of a good writer.  During Writing Workshop students will see first hand the connection between Reading and Writing.  Each students will select their own topics related to each genre. This year will focus our attention on Personal Narratives, Non-Fiction Writing, Poetry, Persuasive Writing, and Response to Literature. During Writing Workshop students will meet with the teacher 2-3 times per week to confer and discuss the progress of their writing. Students are expected to publish 3-4 writing pieces for each genre. For more information on Reading Workshop, please visit our Writing Workshop page.

This year students will learn more about how to use the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing to enhance their writing.

6 + 1 WRITING TRAITS

  • Ideas

  • Organization

  • Voice

  • Sentence Fluency

  • Word Choice

  • Conventions

  • Presentation


MATH WORKSHOP

During Math Workshop students will participate in model lessons where they will learn how to think critically about math. In addition, students will participate in small group math and math stations.  As part of the Math Workshop, students will participate in MCSD's math initiative, Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program. Five Easy Steps will be integrated into the Math Workshop so that the two act seamlessly to support a rich, mathematics program.

The components of Five Easy Steps are:

(1) Computational Skills - Students will participate in a daily math review and participate in mental math strategies. We will be using Mountain Math as a supplemental piece to our math curriculum. Mountain Math provides students with a daily review of multiple math strands ranging from number sense to measurement.

(2) Problem Solving - Students will learn the structures for problem-solving and will participate in Exemplars. Exemplars is a supplemental math resource that teaches students how to communicate their mathematical thinking. Students will also use Math Journals and will be assessed on their application of problem-solving structures through problem-solving rubrics and scoring guides.

(3) Development of State Math Standards - Students will participate in units of study that promote critical thinking and provide opportunities for exploration. For more information on units of study for 2nd Grade, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

(4) Math Facts - Students should know their basic addition and subtraction facts with automaticity (instant recall) and will participate in a weekly math assessment each Friday.

(5) Assessment.- Students will participate in a variety of math assessments to determine mastery of the standards. A few of the math assessments that will be used include, but are not limited to, rubrics, checklists, performance tasks, teacher observation, unit tests, MAP tests, common assessments, etc.

UNITS OF STUDY

  • Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers

  • Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers

  • Geometry

  • Measurement

  • Fractions and Decimals

  • Data Analysis

  • Algebra

  • Show What You Know (Cumulative Review)


SCIENCE

We have an exciting year ahead of us in Science. Our Science program is broken down into four units or connecting themes. Each unit of study is steeped in rich, hands-on, real-world applications. For more information on units of study for 2nd Grade, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

SCIENCE UNITS

  • Habitats of Georgia

  • Rocks and Minerals

  • Fossils

  • Heat Energy

  • Magnets

  • Interdependence of Man - Pollution Conservation


SOCIAL STUDIES

Our Social Studies curriculum focuses on Georgia History. How did Georgia come to exist? How did Georgia's past help to shape life as a Georgian today? Students will investigate these questions and search for answers through a rich, hands on exploration of Georgia's history. Here students will utilize their research skills to explore Georgia's history. For more information on units of study for 2nd Grade, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

SOCIAL STUDIES UNITS

  • Foundations of the United States of America

  • Our Democratic Heritage

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

  • Rights and Freedoms For Everybody

  • The Work Force in Democracy

  • Rights of Workers in the United States


     

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