Grade 3 is an exciting and busy time for the students of ASK. Students are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop the skills learned in Grade 2. It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers’ role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and developfurther. Social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners. At ASK we strive to ensure that our students’ years in elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.
The Language Arts program provides students with instruction, modelling and experience in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting, listening, speaking and viewing. Instruction takes place in a whole class setting, in small groups and individually where appropriate. Students will learn how to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a literature based approach to language. They will develop critical thinking, reading and discussion skills alongside a lifelong love of reading. They will also increase their independent reading time and use a range of reading and writing styles.
By the end of Grade 3 it is anticipated that our students will be expected to:
By the end of Grade 3 students will be expected to:
In writing, Grade 3 students will continue to improve their ability to communicate through stories, reports, poems and letters. They will work towards independent editing and revision. Their writing will show the development of being able to support the main ideas. By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:
By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:
In the Mathematics program students will be engaged in a variety of problem solving situations. The focus in class will also be on listening and using appropriate, acquired Mathematics vocabulary. Students will be encouraged not only to supply an answer, but to explain the processes by which that answer was reached. By the end of Grade 3 students will have been actively engaged in:
In Grade 3 emphasis is placed on communities and what part each individual plays within them and in the world itself. By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:
The Science program covers some very specific scientific areas including living things, the earth, the sun and the moon and the earth’s water supply, life cycles and forms of energy. The Program will draw from the student’s natural desire to classify and broaden their knowledge base. Students are taught skills in scientific processes, scientific reasoning and critical thinking. Goals for Grade 3 include students demonstrating skills in:
The intent of the Art Education program in ASK is to develop visual thinkers and to encourage creative problem solving on all levels of instruction. This program promotes visual literacy through studies in art history, aesthetics, art appreciation and criticism as well as through the process of creating original art. Art encourages inquiry and discovery and wonder.
Structured learning situations are an essential part of the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of every child, and the art curriculum is designed to develop the unique mental capabilities which foster flexible, divergent, original, fluent, and imaginative thinking.
While art enhances learning in all subject areas by providing visual, auditory, and sensory experiences, it has intrinsic value and is worth learning for its own sake.
By the end of Grade 3, students will be expected to:
Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to promote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.
Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every Elementary student will have PE daily. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules. The PE program for Grade 3 aims to enable students to: