3rd Grade Handbook
Reading and Language Arts
This year our class is using the Wonders 2020 curriculum, which incorporates reading, writing, and language arts into our daily routine. Additionally, there is a spelling curriculum incorporated and students will receive spelling words each week. We will be using a program called IXL to supplement our Reading and Language Arts instruction.
Students will be engaging in different writing activities throughout the year that align with our genre study in reading. During the first quarter, students will be writing personal narratives! Writing in third grade is expected to contain mostly correct spelling and proper sentence structure with punctuation and capital letters.
Students participate in our Accelerated Reader program at school. Accelerated Reader is a comprehension-based program where students read a book and then take a computerized test on the book to earn points. Each student is strongly encouraged to take 5-7 tests per quarter with a score of 70% or above. Your active involvement in your child’s independent reading is extremely important! Please try to spend some time reading with your child every day. We appreciate your support at home as we encourage reading for enjoyment.
IXL will be used to supplement math and reading instruction, and skills will be assigned weekly for students to complete. Students are required to get a minimum smart score of 80 to receive full credit for that specific skill.
Handwriting and Keyboarding
In third grade we will focus on handwriting, particularly cursive writing, as well as keyboarding. As students become familiarized with Chromebooks in the digital age, keyboarding will be an important skill to incorporate into our weekly practices.
We are currently using MyMath curriculum to teach third grade mathematics standards. Students will be introduced to new topics this year such as multiplication and division, as well as expand upon learnings from previous years to increase math fluency. Additionally, we will be using a program called IXL for additional practice on math skills.
Science and Social Studies
TCI provides curriculum for both science and social studies. Each quarter, we will spend 4 weeks on social studies and 4 weeks on science. Throughout first quarter, we will be learning about the geography of the United States in social studies, and environments and living things in science.
All of these resources, with the exception of handwriting, can be accessed using the helpful links tab.
A+ = 99 – 100% A = 94 – 98% A- = 92 – 93%
B+ = 90 – 91% B = 87 – 89% B- = 85 – 86%
C+ = 83 – 84% C = 79 – 82% C- = 77 – 78%
D+ = 75 – 76% D = 72 – 74% D- = 70 – 71%
Reading grades are categorized as follows:
Accelerated Reader 20%
Language Arts grades are categorized as follows:
Math grades are categorized as follows:
Science grades are categorized as follows:
Social Studies grades are categorized as follows:
Students who do poorly on tests or quizzes (75% or below) will have an opportunity to do corrections or retake the assessment. The average of the two assessments will be taken as the final grade.