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    Shared Reading/Language Arts
       In third grade, children will engage in both a shared and guided reading environment.  This is called Balanced Literacy. During our shared reading time, the children will be reading stories and books in whole and small groups. These stories and books are mostly at grade level, although we do read some texts below and above the children’s reading levels too. We will be using a variety of texts to practice reading, fluency, phonics, and comprehension skills during shared reading time.  Our primary resource for Language Arts is the ReadyGen curriculum.



        Our district follows the NJ Student Learning Standards to guide classroom instruction. This guides us to the math skills and strategies that our students need to be proficient for the next grade level. Our main resource for our math curriculum is the i-ready Math program.  We use it for a majority of our lessons. We strive to incorporate technology and small group work into our daily lessons.  In addition, the children review current and previously learned math skills during our math center time.  



         The children will be writing in their writing journals and doing topic writing throughout the year. Our focus this year will be on three main writing topics: opinion pieces, informational texts, and personal narratives. We will be teaching the process of writing, by using: thinking skills, brainstorming, webbing, writing, editing, correcting, and writing and/or typing a final draft.  Students will also practice organizing their thoughts before writing.  



         We will be working on many hands-on science units this year.  Our new science curriculum is based on the Next Generation science standards.  The main focuses of study in third-grade science are life cycles, force and motion, and sky patterns.
    Social Studies

           Our yearlong third-grade theme for Social Studies is Citizenship.  Our discussions revolve around immigration, holidays around the world, becoming an American citizen, and respecting diversity.




         We will continue using Chromebooks this year! The children are extremely excited about using this technology to enhance their learning. We will be teaching the students how to use technology to research topics using the internet, and use a variety of apps to organize and present the information.