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 Third Grade

 Teachers: Mr. Jordan Blincoe, Mrs. Lynn Heltzel, Mrs. Heather Gifford

Reading and Language Arts

Reading instruction is based on the Reading Workshop model, where teachers will model strategies of good readers through daily mini-lessons and read-aloud activities. Students will read self-selected texts independently and work in small groups with the teacher to practice strategy usage. Students will read a variety of literary genre including fiction and non-fiction to develop fluency and comprehension. A variety of graphic organizers and reading response activities will be used to help students develop and enhance skills of paraphrasing/summarizing, identifying cause and effect, making inferences, drawing conclusions, sequencing events, and using context clues to determine meaning.

Word Study will be used for spelling instruction and vocabulary development. This program focuses on spelling patterns and features found in specific word lists. Through sorting activities, students will compare and contrast words to analyze patterns and sounds. 


Using Writing Workshop, students will work in personal writing journals weekly to develop a passion for writing. Students will receive writing instruction based on the 6+1 Writing Model. This model focuses on the skills of ideas, content, word choice, fluency, voice, organization, and conventions. Through this model, students will focus on one element of writing at a time, thus breaking the task of learning to write effectively into manageable parts.




Students will follow Hanover County's math pacing to build upon previously learned math skills. Each new unit will begin with a pretest, which teachers will use to evaluate the student's attainment of previously learned skills. Using assessments, instruction will be differentiated to remediate or enrich as needed. Instruction will be delivered using a variety of methods to build investigative thinking and problem-solving. Students will use manipulatives and learn a variety of strategies and models to compute equations.

Students will cover place value of whole numbers up to 6-digits, addition and subtraction with regrouping of whole numbers, multiplication and division of 2 digits x 1 digit, fraction concepts including identification of mixed numbers and improper fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with like-denominators,  measurement concepts including length, perimeter, area, time, temperature, mass, volume, and capacity, probability concepts, geometry, and algebraic patterns and functions. Quarterly benchmark tests will be given to help determine ability to apply skills learned in classroom instruction.

Unit Study

Students will rotate between Science and Social Studies units. A study guide and vocabulary will be given at the beginning of each unit. Students will be given quizzes and tests throughout units.

Science units covered include scientific investigations, water cycle and matter, habitats and environmental impacts of natural disasters, animal adaptations and life cycles, simple machines, and earth patterns.

Social Studies units covered include civics and government, civilizations, economics, famous Americans, map skills and explorers.

SOL Preparation

Third graders will take SOL tests in the areas of Reading and Math in the months of May and June. Each test will be divided and completed over two days, for a total of four days of testing. These tests will include a variety of test questions including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and drag and drop. Some test questions will require students to select more than one answer. All testing will be completed using laptops and the Internet. Third graders will prepare for these tests over the course of the year through classroom instruction, spiraling review of previously taught skills, and practice tests. In addition, students will work on test-taking skills and strategies throughout the year.  

Special Activities

Field trips will be announced as plans are finalized throughout the year. Traditionally 3rd graders participate in Ag Day, Math-Science Innovations Center lessons, and Young Scientists lessons.




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