Language Arts

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The third grade language arts curriculum will develop literate individuals through a balanced program that includes:

  • An engaging and motivating curriculum that grows in complexity throughout the year
  • A comprehensive curriculum that includes reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency, vocabulary development, grammar, writing, literary analysis, and research skills
  • Assessment based, differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of students
  • Word Study

Our language arts curriculum endeavors to inspire independent reading, critical thinking, and creative writing.

Reading

  • Developing comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary strategies for fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Provide opportunities to improve reading fluency by further developing the use of appropriate expression, intonation, pacing, and rhythm
  • Explore the characteristics of literary genres
  • Strengthen the identification of the literary elements: genre, main idea, theme, and author’s purpose
  • Reinforce social studies learning through historical fiction book clubs
  • Reinforce science learning through non- fiction book clubs

 

Writing

  • Use the writing process to rehearse, draft, revise, edit,  publish, and celebrate
  • Develop appropriate grammar skills
  • Develop typing skills

Research

  • Develop skills for accessing information using multimedia resources
  • Apply research skills to written and oral presentations using the BIg 6 model

Speaking and Listening

  • Reinforce oral fluency and develop an awareness of an audience through multiple opportunities to speak formally and informally
  • Demonstrate attentive listening by following multi-step directions and offering positive feedback to a speaker
  • Provide opportunities to use appropriate voice and give eye contact during oral presentations