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3rd Highlights

Scripps Ocean Partnership: Learning about Wetlands

Students explore the habitat’s animals and ecosystem through two field study opportunities to the San Dieguito River Park/Bird Wing Classroom and the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.

Columbia Teachers College: Dedicated to Writing

Following the course of study from the Teachers College at Columbia University, children create pieces in many genres: personal narrative, informational/expository, literary essay, poetry, realistic fiction, opinion/persuasive writing, adapted fairy tales and research reports.  At year-end, each student receives a bound anthology of his/her published writing to share with family and friends and keep for years to come.

Field Study: Local Historians

Students examine the roots of the Rancho Santa Fe community and journey to Old Town to learn about the many past influences contributing to San Diego County as we know it today.

Philanthropy: Community Outreach

Third-graders organize and execute district-wide “special-gram” campaigns; the students use proceeds from their efforts to purchase books, toys and games and deliver these goods to hospitals throughout the year.

Third graders receive one hour of math instruction per day as well as two forty minute Math Plus (see below) sessions per week. In third grade mathematics, students develop a strong understanding of multiplication, division, and area through hands-on explorations of equal groups and arrays.  They learn to analyze problems, discover patterns, and work with properties of operations through number talks that encourage critical thinking.  They study whole number operations, fraction equivalence and comparison, measurement, and geometry.
Download the RSF Math Pathways chart

Units of Study
Unit 1    Developing Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
Unit 2    Exploring Equal Groups: Multiplication and Division Concepts with Problem Solving and Beginning Fluency Strategies
Unit 3    Properties of Multiplication and Division, Problem solving with Problems and Units of 2-5 and 10
Unit 4    Problem Solving with Units of Measure
Unit 5    Multiplication and Division, Problem solving with Problems and Units of 0, 1, 6-9 and Multiples of 10
Unit 6    Developing Conceptual Understanding of Area: Multiplication and Area Concepts using an Array Model and Building Fluency
Unit 7    Developing Fraction Concepts: Fractions on the Number Line and Understanding of Equivalent Fractions
Unit 8    Shapes/Geometry and Measurement Word Problems
Unit 9    Collecting and Displaying Data

Advanced Math
In third grade advanced mathematics, students apply the mathematics they know to solve real-world problems.  Students learn to attend to the meaning of quantities so they can extend their understanding of mathematical relationships.  A weekly Think Tank offers the ability to build their communication skills as they listen to and compare mathematical arguments of others, ask questions, and justify their own reasoning.  The curriculum includes whole number operations, fraction equivalence and comparison, measurement, and geometry.
Criteria for Placement in Advanced Mathematics Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
•    MAP Test Results
•    OLSAT Test Results
•    District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.

Math Plus
During Math Plus, students in 3rd grade are afforded two additional forty-minute sessions of mathematics instruction weekly.  Math Plus is designed to provide students an authentic opportunity for mathematical problem solving that promotes mathematical reasoning, making mathematical connections and communication skills.  Mathematicians play differentiated math games that encourage strategic thinking, enhance number sense, and promote fluency while supporting concept development and mastery.  Students collect data and select appropriate graphical representations in order to analyze and interpret their data.  Additionally, students build upon previous understanding of shapes to describe, analyze, and compare properties of two-dimensional shapes.

Math Intervention- 3rd Grade
In addition to their grade-level mathematics instruction, a mathematics teacher provides students differentiated instruction during four thirty-minute sessions per week.  Students build on their prior knowledge to gain new skills and a solid foundation of mathematical understanding needed for continued progress.  Students are encouraged to see relationships and make connections between concepts as well as their mathematical representations.  The curriculum engages students in mathematical exploration of content through games, manipulative materials, and contexts that make abstract mathematical ideas accessible.

Workshop
The emphasis in math workshop is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most current research on mathematics instruction.  This instruction involves explicit teaching of skills and strategies, teacher modeling, and supported student practice.  Instruction follows a logical progression through the year and across grade levels.  Individual instruction is tailored to the learner based on the teacher’s ongoing assessment.  Our program emphasizes rigor: a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.  Instruction progresses through stages, from concrete to representational to abstract, to ensure students have a thorough understanding of the math concepts.  The elementary school mathematics curriculum focuses on developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Curriculum Resources
Fosnot
Rational Number Project
Eureka
MacMillan

Instructional Software Supports
ST Math
Compass Learning
Waggle™

Third grade students receive 60 minutes of Reading Workshop (see below) instruction per day.  3rd grade readers shift most of their attention in reading to “making meaning”. Students acquire the skills to successfully comprehend challenging text. Instruction is provided in the use of comprehension strategies, such as questioning, predicting, summarizing, and monitoring for meaning. Students are challenged to read closely to uncover layers of meaning of a text. They are also engaged in writing practices that improve their reading comprehension. Students learn to analyze and interpret in order to write an extended response to a text. Summary writing and note taking are also considered crucial skills for 3rd grade readers. As students continue to read increasingly complex text, they continue to work on building fluency to free up their attention in order to focus on meaning.

Units of Study
• Building a Reading Life
• Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures
• Character Studies
• Mystery Book Clubs
• A Study of Fairy Tales and Myths Can Teach Allegory and Archetypes
• Research Clubs: Elephants, Penguins, and Frogs, Oh My!
• Biography Book Clubs

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson: (10-15 minutes)
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction (35-40 minutes)
– Share (5 minutes)

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)

Instructional Software Support:
Compass Learning
Waggle

Third grade students receive 60 minutes of Writing Workshop (see below) instruction per day and 75 minutes of Word Study (see below) per week.  Students in 3rd grade continue to write for a variety of purposes: to express opinions, share information, or to provide explanations, and to tell real or imagined stories. There is increased attention given to organization and detail than in previous grade levels. Students learn to call on models in the form of mentor texts through thoughtful instruction and guidance. As they learn about the writing process, 3rd grade students continue to review one another’s work and give and receive constructive feedback. Students continue to broaden their knowledge of the genre of persuasive writing through the “Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials” unit, explore forms of narrative writing in “Realistic Fiction” and “Fairy Tale Adaptations”, as well as refine their informational writing skills through writing “Informational Research Reports”.

Units of Study

Crafting True Stories
The Art of Information Writing
Baby Literary Essay
Realistic Fiction
Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials
Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales
Writing About Research

Word Study
The emphasis in word study is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most recent research on phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction.  During the word study block students are placed in groups based on their developmental spelling stage.
Language:
Students learn academic language as they engage with texts and discuss ideas and concepts. They continue to learn and apply language conventions in order to communicate effectively in speaking and writing. Children encounter these conventions in books they read, teacher modeling, sentence frames, and read alouds. They are an explicit part of instruction, and students apply the conventions in their writing and speaking in rich and meaningful contexts. They deepen their understandings of the ways to use conventions to craft messages that are appropriate for particular purposes and audiences.
Spelling and Vocabulary:
Spelling instruction in 3rd grade focuses on students’ ability to accurately spell words containing more than one syllable. They apply what they learn about doubling, dropping, or changing letters at syllable junctures and the addition of inflectional endings and affixes. Spelling is a developmental process whereby students-with appropriate instruction that includes ample opportunities to explore, examine, and use printed language-build insights into principles that govern English orthography. While the bulk of instruction will be along the developmental spelling continuum, students will also be expected to memorize irregularly spelled words.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a 10-15 minute “minilesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (Edition 5 by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston)
The Power of Grammar (Ehrenworth and Vinton)
More Prefixes and Suffixes: Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading
Comprehension (Trisha Callella)

Instructional Support Software:
Compass Learning
Waggle™

Third grade students see a specialized science teacher for two sessions per week for hands-on lab work and additional instruction in four multi-week units that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  In December Third grade science students also participate in the Hour of Code during science class where they learn how computer code is structured and how machines interpret instructions using age-appropriate software tools.

Units of Study
• Weather and Climate
• Ecosystems
• Life Cycles and Traits
• Forces and Interactions

Students in grade three learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which particularly local, but also regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society, providing common memories. Emphasis is on the physical and cultural landscape of California, including the study of American Indians, the subsequent arrival of immigrants, and the impact they have had in forming the character of our contemporary society.  Students describe the physical and human geography and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context

Curriculum Resources:
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, California Communities.

Spanish is in the Enrichment Wheel and takes place twice per week for 12 weeks.   This class is designed to expose students to the Spanish language, which will enable them to move more quickly and confidently through the foundational elements of the middle school Spanish program should they elect to take Spanish at this level.

TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is the primary method used with K-5 students. TPRS involves a mixture of reading and storytelling activities, which exposes students to the most high frequency vocabulary and grammar used in the Spanish language. The course also employs the TPR (Total Physical Response) method, which uses songs, interactive activities, writing, and the combination of language and physical movement to teach vocabulary, expressions and culture.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Third grade students receive physical education instruction concentrating on development of eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and ability to cooperate/participate in organized games. A P.E. specialist works with the children twice per week.

Units of Study
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Rhythmic Skills
Movement Concepts
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Fitness Concepts
Aerobic Capacity
Muscular Strength/Endurance
Flexibility
Body Composition
Group Dynamics

Curriculum Resources:
http://www.sparkpe.org/

Third grade students receive music instruction as a component of the Elective Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the K-3 Choir or, based on an evaluation, the Band and Strings programs outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Third grade students receive drama instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the Jr. Theater program outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Third grade students receive computer technology instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Third grade students receive art instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Third grade students are eligible to participate in the Jr. FLL (Jr. First Lego League) after school program.  Using LEGO ‘WeDo’ kits, 3rd grade students learn the basic principles of simple machines and use these principles to discover how to build simple mechanisms. In addition, they learn the basic principles of computer programming.

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Faculty

Terrie Bacon

Terrie Bacon

3rd Grade Teacher

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Rebecca Carp

3rd Grade Teacher

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Shannon Klaus

Shannon Klaus

3rd Grade Teacher

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Janel Maud

Janel Maud

3rd Grade Teacher

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Phone: 858-756-1141