Third Grade

Students take a huge step forward in their growth and development as students, friends, artists, scientists, and more. The Third Graders are always on the go, whether they're here on campus or out on one of their adventurous field trips. 

Language Arts


Reading to Learn

In Third Grade, students develop a stronger ability to use their reading skills to learn about areas of interest. Students become better at selecting novels independently and seek out nonfiction to increase their understanding about a topic. These are critical steps to becoming “life-long learners.” Students develop their understanding of paragraph writing and are introduced to formal expository writing through persuasive letters and informational pieces based on research.

Mathematics


Multiply & Divide

Third Graders focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Students continue to reinforce addition and subtraction skills and apply mathematical understanding to a variety of projects throughout the year.

Science


Hands-on exploration

Third Graders investigate the following topics: photosynthesis, ecosystems, water, the solar system and outer space, the Earth and its ability to sustain life, and the human body. Hands-on projects engage students in building on their natural curiosity and students use our beautiful surroundings and outdoor education destinations as an extended classroom. 

Social Studies


Colorado History comes alive

In Third Grade, students explore the concept of the past through their study of Colorado history. Our community provides ample opportunities for children to experience the past through ghost towns, mines and numerous museums that bring specific aspects of history alive. By experiencing these places, children develop their understanding of time in a way that allows them to imagine the past and begin to see that the past influences the present. This lays the foundation for the much more abstract concept of considering how the present influences the future. They study the states and capitals and build on the research and geography skills developed in the primary grades. Projects include, but are not limited to, State Study and Day of the Living Dead.

Foreign Language


Action Verbs

Third Graders review previous vocabulary and include units on clothing and family. They also learn how to incorporate adjectives and are introduced to simple verb conjugation. Their foreign language skills are becoming more sophisticated just as their worldview is beginning to expand to encompass a more global perspective.

Technology


Create & Code

Third Graders strive to become creators instead of just consumers of technology. Using the Makey Makey Invention Kit, students are challenged to think creatively and logically to solve problems. Students implement sequential thinking while learning to code on the iPad application, Kodable. Students also use HyperStudio to develop presentation skills.

Art


studio originals

Third Graders build on sewing and tying skills in a colorful tapestry project while learning about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. They reproduce Edvard Munch's painting of The Scream by creating their own rendition of what makes them scream, and they learn about proportions of the face during a portrait unit on Salvador Dali. They study form, color, and texture in 3D basket weaving, and use both ink and watercolor to create original work. They apply the element of form in the soft sculpture dolls of their character for Day of the Living Dead in conjunction with their classroom presentations.

Music


in Harmony

Third Grade students begin their harmony studies with partner songs and rounds. They study rhythm and increase their knowledge of rhythmic notation to include whole notes and 16th notes. They read and sing folk songs, and they practice folk dancing. In a unit using African marimbas, they study syncopation, ensemble playing, improvisation, and solo playing.

Drama


A growing role

The Third Grade performs Hamlet in the Shakespeare festival. Students also engage in a variety of activities and games to improve focus and concentration. They learn about improvisation and help create their scene for the All-School Play held at the Wheeler Opera House in late April.

Physical Education


Strength & skill

Third Grade students build on the skills developed in the primary grades and engage in instructional units on: volleyball, soccer, badminton, basketball, hockey, and flag football among other sports. Highlights of the program include rock climbing in preparation for the fall outdoor education trip as well as the winter afternoons skiing with their class and parent chaperones.

Outdoor Education


Climb on

Third Graders are introduced to rock climbing on a fall trip to Independence Pass. They learn the mechanics of a belay system and develop deeper trust among their classmates as they engage in this challenging sport. Each trip begins with the Third Graders hiking at least a mile into camp with their own backpacks on. In the spring, Third Graders spend three days in Arches exploring the majestic landscape through hiking and bouldering.

Projects & traditions


stepping out

Country Day's emphasis on public speaking and presentation skills really shines in the Third Grade, when it seems each month finds the students demonstrating their increasing knowledge in front of an audience of classmates, parents, friends, or Middle School buddies. Children learn to leverage their own interests in learning, particularly in projects like The Day of the Living Dead, when children select an historical character to research and portray. They learn how to break a large task down into manageable parts -- just one of the many foundational academic habits established in Third Grade.

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