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Third Grade

There are so many wonderful aspects of the third grade experience at Wesleyan! It offers the unique combination of learning new and exciting material in many subjects, as well as celebrating the knowledge that students have collected throughout their lower years. Many of the third grade activities are cross-curricular, enriching students’ perspectives on various topics across subject areas.
  • Literacy

    Handwriting-

    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.

    Written Expression-

    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.

    Reading-

    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.

  • Writing

    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.
  • Grammar

    Students learn grammar and sentence structure through Shurley English. This program teaches parts of speech using catchy songs and jingles. This instructional method helps students commit to memory the many rules of the English language.
  • Mathematics

    The foundation of our K-4 mathematics program is Math in Focus, a curriculum focused on problem solving through real-world and hands-on experiences. Students are taught to think critically about math by moving from concrete (manipulatives) to pictorial (bar models) to abstract (formulas/algorithms) learning. To achieve mastery, students will learn the “why” behind each mathematical concept before learning the “how”. The ability to apply knowledge to routine as well as non-routine math problems is an integral part of demonstrating mastery of math concepts.

    In third grade, students will learn strategies for fluently multiplying and dividing numbers within 100. This important skill leads to the introduction of multi-digit multiplication and long division. Solving multi-step word problems involving all four operations by using bar modeling lays the foundation for pre-algebra. Adding, subtracting and finding equivalent fractions are also a highlight of the third grade curriculum.

    Math Facts-

    We believe success in math cannot be achieved without mastery of math facts. Therefore, each grade level has its own expectations for math mastery guided by Wesleyan’s Math Matters program. Research shows students who are able to recall math facts quickly free up working memory that can then be devoted to higher-level problem solving.
  • Social Studies

    Through the Social Studies Alive! program students learn using interactive, student-centered text and engaging, hands-on activities. Students develop an understanding of different kinds of communities by focusing on geography, history, government and economy.
    Third grade students also focus on the five regions of the United States, the features that make each region distinct, and the characteristics that unite them. After an intensive study of the fifty states and their capitals, students enjoy a celebration to share their knowledge with parents and classmates.

    Geography-

    First through fourth graders participate in the Passport Club. This program is run by Wesleyan parents and encourages children to learn the locations of several countries each month. Parent volunteers assess students once a month to see if they can locate given countries on a map. Each month, students also have the opportunity to explore one feature country in depth, learning about its land, history and culture through videos, books, and food.
  • Photo of Leslie Hagen

    Leslie Hagen

    Teachers Assistant
    University of Georgia - Bachelor of Business Administration
    Young Harris College - Associate
  • Photo of Kristine Hall

    Kristine Hall

    Lead Teacher
    Stephen F. Austin State University - Master of Education
    Catawba College - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Emma Grace Laird

    Emma Grace Laird

    Faculty Fellow
    Auburn University - Bachelor of Science
  • Photo of Shannon Loftis

    Shannon Loftis

    Lead Teacher
    Mercer University - Masters of Education
    Agnes Scott College - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Liz Smith

    Liz Smith

    Lead Teacher
    Georgia Southern University - Bachelors
    Georgia Southern University - Masters
  • Photo of Madison Thomas

    Madison Thomas

    Lead Teacher, 3rd Grade Chair
    Auburn University - Bachelor of Science
    Kennesaw State University - Master of Arts