Grade 3

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.

Language Arts

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.

Reading

By the end of Grade 3 it is anticipated that our students will be expected to:

  • choose appropriate reading materials for the established purpose of reading for pleasure, information and research;
  • distinguish between fiction, nonfiction and biography;
  • demonstrate and understand story structure and elements including conflict, cause and effect and comparing and contrasting inferences;
  • use reading skills across all areas of the curriculum;
  • demonstrate a variety of reading strategies including phonetic;
  • word attack skills, the use of visual and contextual clues; and
  • phonetic predictions to achieve desired meaning.

Speaking and Listening

By the end of Grade 3 students will be expected to:

  • use appropriate English vocabulary to orally express ideas and concepts;
  • participate in discussions using appropriate, acquired vocabulary;
  • practice speaking English in their everyday activities using acquired vocabulary words;
  • make simple oral presentations; and
  • listen attentively and gaining information from an oral presentation.

Writing

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:

  • write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details;
  • demonstrate revising and editing techniques;
  • begin to use a variety of literacy techniques;
  • become familiar with a variety of pre writing strategies and organize thoughts through brainstorming, note taking and webbing while focusing on one main idea;
  • begin to demonstrate the ability to produce different forms of writing including short stories, summaries, poems, letter writing and reports;
  • spell frequently used words correctly and use conventional spelling patterns to write unknown words;
  • begin to use reference materials with increased proficiency including a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopaedia; and
  • apply the basic rules of punctuation and capitalization.

Handwriting

By the end of Grade 3 students are expected to:

  • write legibly in both manuscript and cursive text;
  • use appropriate spacing between letters, words and sentences;
  • use the appropriate slanting of writing; and
  • form and connect all upper and lower case cursive letters.

Math

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:

  • ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000;
  • skip counting by 100;
  • writing four digit numbers in standard form and expanded notation;
  • rounding to the nearest ten and hundred;
  • rounding money to the nearest dollar;
  • adding and subtracting three digit numbers;
  • multiplying numbers from 0 to 9;
  • multiplying a one digit and two digit number;
  • estimating sums and differences to the nearest ten and hundred;
  • dividing a two digit number by a one digit number;
  • learning fraction concepts including one half, one third and one fourth;
  • identifying capacity including liter and gallon and mass including gram and pound;
  • distinguishing between a.m. and p.m.
  • solving a variety of money related problems including providing change;
  • Identifying the properties of geometric shapes; and
  • making predictions involving cause and effect.

Social Studies

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:

  • understand the need, structure and meaning of communities and societies;
  • identify with and exhibit the skills of a good citizen within a democracy;
  • identify the basics of citizenship and government;
  • appreciate the study of history as a point of reference for the future;
  • Identify, compare and contrast the traits of people in another culture; and
  • appreciate the contributions made by Egyptian culture and history.

Science

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:

  • predicting
  • observing
  • classifying
  • collecting
  • recording
  • interpreting data
  • questioning scientific assumptions

Art

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:

  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
  • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self criticism
  • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
  • investigate artists’ motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society
  • explore and analyze various works of art

Theatre

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

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:

  • improving hand-eye and perceptual motor co-ordination distinguishing right, left, unilateral, bilateral and cross;
  • lateral movements;
  • learning team concepts and activities;
  • developing co-operative attitudes;
  • improve basic skills; and
  • improve their level of fitness.