Elementary School Grade 3 Curriculum
Personal and Social Education
T.H.I.S students develop an awareness of their self-identity, strengths and weaknesses. They learn to recognize, communicate and manage their own feelings, reflect on their abilities and behavior and set achievable personal goals. Grade 3 students explore different values and beliefs and examine their own opinion and how they are similar to or different from those of others.
Grade 3 students develop their language skills and abilities through a rich program with a variety of opportunities to explore the many forms of literature and writing, including persuasive, narrative, poetry, descriptive and report writing. Different units of study capitalize on different aspects of language arts; writing, reading, listening, speaking and observing.
Grade 3 students work with multiplication, multiplication tables and multiple-digit multiplication problems; estimate sums, differences and products; use angles, networks, bar graphs and databases. Work with estimates of probability and estimate area, perimeter and mass.
Grade 3 students explore the rights and responsibilities of an individual, a family member and a part of a class and school community. Examine artifacts and learn how they provide information about the past, learn about celebrations and how they are impacted by cultural and religious beliefs. We begin to study ancient civilizations.
Grade 3 students study energy sources and their environmental impact and explore energy conservation and alternative energy sources; explore the technology that we use at home, work and place. Grade 3 students examine the interrelationships between living and non-living in an ecosystem.
Grade 3 students use a wide variety of art materials, tools and media, and are encouraged to use the environment and their imagination in their work. Students make initial sketches and learn that artwork requires thought, planning, effort and revision.
Grade 3 students learn to enjoy music through singing, dancing and playing both games and instruments. They begin to read, create and experience music and are exposed to simple rhythms and melodies. Students also perform for others. Grade 3 students continue with string lessons (cello or violin). Reading music and following the conductor become essential skills.
Grade 3 students do a variety of activities, including dance, fitness, coordination training and cooperative games, on a range of equipment. Students learn abut teamwork, balance, agility, action and reaction. Grade 3 students have one 60-minute P.E. session per week and one 60 minutes session of tennis, swimming or surfing.
Additional Languages ( i.e.French/Spanish/German/Hebrew )
Every student whose academic standards allow an additional language, have the choice of French, Spanish, German or Hebrew. (Minimum amount of children needed.)
The lower school additional language program aims to develop and improve comprehension, expression and grammar. Vocabulary, grammar and research are integrated into the program according to the student’s level. Students learn about customs through cultural activities.