Language Arts in Grade III

A set of B-VIII Grade standards provides the framework for our work in language arts. Below are listed some of the goals we have for third grade students in language arts.  

Read grade-level text fluently and with adequate phrasing and expression
Choose books at an appropriate level for independent reading
Summarize main points from fictional and informational text
Distinguish between fact and opinion
Make inferences and predictions
Recognize and use lower case cursive alphabet
Use a variety of sentence structures to enhance writing
Use dialogue in narrative writing
Use conventional spelling and punctuation in written work
Students work daily on decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, and other language skills. They use a variety of literature appropriate to the age and skill level of the group. Vocabulary development occurs within the context of the literature.    

Partial Bibliography: Applegate, The One and Only Ivan; Bulla, The Chalkbox Kid; Creech, Love That  Dog; Davidson, Helen Keller; Gardiner, Stone Fox; MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall; DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie; Lin, Year of the Dog; Roop, Good-bye for Today: The Diary of a Young Girl at Sea; Ryan, Riding Freedom; White, Charlotte’s Web; Buck, The Big Wave; Lensey, Yang, the Youngest and His Terrible Ear; Schlein, The Year of the Panda; Hesse, The Music of Dolphins; Hill, The Year of Miss Agnes; Richler, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang; Steig, Amos and Boris; Walter, Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World; various biographies and poetry books.

Across the curriculum third graders experience many opportunities to practice their writing. Students are expected to plan, draft, revise, and edit their longer pieces of writing. Projects include personal narratives, letters, reading responses, poetry, mathematics explanations, research reports, and whaling biographies and journals. Students are taught conventional sentence structure and the rules of capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Students use laptop computers for some of these writing projects. Third graders are also introduced to the cursive alphabet.

The third grade program emphasizes phonics and the recognition of word patterns and syllables.  Spelling rules and generalizations are taught and reinforced through small group work, games, dictations, writing assignments and weekly quizzes.    
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