Reader's Workshop: We use Teachers College Reader's Workshop for our reading curriculum. In Reader's Workshop, we start our day with a whole group mini-lesson learning specific reading strategies. Student then work independently with a just right book or in a small group with their teacher. Finally, at the end we come back together for a reflection and share!
Writer's Workshop: We use Teachers College Writer's Workshop as our writing curriculum. Third grade students will keep a writer's notebook and will write daily. Students are learning about the writing process of brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
Math: We use the TQE (Tasks Questions Evidence) framework to plan our mathematical experiences. TQE is a fluid ‘lens’ through which math instruction and learning is seen. TQE, at its core, is about:
Selecting Tasks that support learning goals, promote deep mathematical understanding, allow for multiple entry points, and drive student voice in the mathematical experience.
Using Questions that facilitate student discourse and engagement in mathematical practices. These questions also promote higher order thinking and productive struggle, such as: probing for understanding, pushing for multiple perspectives and solutions, using wait time effectively, scaffolding and adjusting questions as needed.
Gathering and utilizing Evidence of student learning through formative and informal assessment.
Additionally, our students will develop automaticity of basic math facts through our Math Facts curriculum.
Social Studies and Science: These subjects are integrated into our daily PYP units of study.
Specialist: In third grade we experience time with all four specialist teachers weekly. These specialist include Spanish, Physical Education, Art, and Culture Class (through our partnership with the Cultural Wellness Center).
Learning at Home
Throughout the year, students will explore Six Transdisciplinary Themes:
- How the World Works
- How We Express Ourselves
- How We Organize Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet
- Where We Are in Place and Time
- Who We Are
Common 3rd Grade Homework Beliefs:
Generally, students are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes each night. In addition, students will have homework assigned from school Monday through Thursday, typically a piece of reading and math homework.