3rd Grade Curriculum
Our curriculum here in the Barnegat Township School District is very important to us. We take pride in teaching your child, preparing them for the NJ ASK and to grow as a Third Grader. The skills that they continue to build will be carried with them throughout their learning years.
ELA (English Language Arts) Reading- Harcourt StoryTown
StoryTown will create a rich verbal environment through carefully selected words, student-friendly explanations, and meaningful learning activities. It will help your child learn Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Text Comprehension and Fluency.
Writing- 6+1 Writing Traits
The Traits are:
Ideas: Ideas and Content are in a sense the heart of the writing. Everything that is said comes back to ideas and content. The two keys are clarity and details. Making a topic clear and manageable is so important. Details can make or break any piece of writing. Ideas and content focus on clear writing that presents details in an interesting, fresh manner.
Sentence Fluency: Sentence fluency is a trait based solely on the ear. Students need to tune their ears to the rhythm and cadence that can be accomplished with sentence fluency. Focusing on variety in sentences can help attain fluency.
Word Choice: Word choice is a trait that shows the power of language. Sometimes students seem so caught up in their ideas, organization, and grammar that word choice may take a backseat.
Conventions: Conventions are the editing and revising component of writing. This includes grammar and mechanics
Organization: Organization is just the way it sounds, organizing a paper so it is easy for the reader to follow.
Voice: Voice is the author’s fingerprint on the page. By using voice the reader feels more in touch with the writer’s emotions, opinions, and personality
Math-Everyday Mathematics
Everyday Mathematics emphasizes the application of mathematics to real world situations. Numbers, skills and mathematical concepts are not presented in isolation, but are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives. The curriculum also provides numerous suggestions for incorporating mathematics into daily classroom routines and other subject areas. Each Everyday Mathematics lesson includes time for whole-group instruction as well as small group, partner, or individual activities. These activities balance teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended, hands-on explorations, long-term projects and on-going practice. Everyday Mathematics provides numerous methods for basic skills practice and review. These include written and choral fact drills, mental math routines, practice with fact triangles (flash cards of fact families), daily sets of review problems called Math Boxes, homework, timed tests and a wide variety of math games.
Science- Harcourt Science
HSP Science provides standards-based content and provides a research-based approach to developing the Big Ideas in Science. It will also help your child learn and understand the following Science related topics that will be covered in Third Grade: Living Things, Earth's Land, Weather and Space, Matter and Energy, and Forces and Motion.
Social Studies-Harcourt Social Studies/Barnegat History
In Third Grade students will get a closer look at Communities. They will be able to research and learn about the wonderful town of Barnegat and its amazing history.