Students work on Reading and Writings from the Lucy Calkins unit of study. These reading units provide students with a variety of activities and tasks every day to become better readers. Plus, the units provide concrete, doable goals to help them meet and exceed any set of high standards.
All year long, we practice on reading fluency – how many words we can read correctly in 1 minute. While fluency is incredibly important, we also know that reading comprehension – really understanding what we read – is just as important!
Students also use the Accelerated Reader program, which allows every single student in the class to work toward their own monthly reading goal, which is completely dependent on their current reading ability. Students who reach their monthly goal are given a reward at the end of each month.
Students transition into writing complete paragraphs. 3rd graders will focus on three genres of writing this year: opinion, informative, and narrative.
Students have weekly sight words, as well as their own individual set of weekly phonics words, depending on each 3rd grader’s spelling ability. Through the Words their Way program, students are given specific word sorts that meet them at their spelling level. Each Friday, they are tested on their word sort, and move onto the next sort if they score an A on the assessment.
St Ann School uses Pearson Realize Math, which is a common role aligned K-8 curriculum. Each student has their own Pearson account, where they can practice various skills that we are learning in each lesson, as well as utilize enrichment and reteaching resources. By the end of the year, we will have mastered all of our multiplication facts.