Third graders begin cursive handwriting at the start of the school year. Students learn traditional cursive handwriting, beginning with correct stroke formation. After each stroke is mastered, students then learn to form the corresponding lowercase and capital letters.
Because writing fosters creativity, aids expressive language development, and sharpens communication skills, students are encouraged to write each day. In third grade, children explore and complete the stages of the writing process across various genres. Students engage in mini lessons, independent writing time, conferences, and sharing. Lessons in grammar and spelling are incorporated into authentic writing experiences.
The third grade literacy curriculum is literature-based and encourages children to read from a variety of materials designed to broaden their interests and abilities. Students are allowed time each day to grow as readers by exploring literature through poetry, guided reading, book clubs, literature circles, and independent reading. The third grade literacy program combines listening, speaking, reading, and writing into meaningful language experiences. Comprehension skills are taught through the reading of chapter books and short stories using the Imagine It program.
Phonics and Spelling-
Our phonics and spelling program is based on the Orton-Gillingham method. This multi-sensory approach is used throughout the year to build a strong phonics and spelling foundation. Students learn phonetic rules, how to apply them to reading and spelling, and how to identify exceptions. Students also learn about the use of prefixes and suffixes through the study of morphology.