CURRICULUM : CLASS III
LANGUAGE ARTS: reading aloud and silently in small groups from a variety of genres, with an emphasis on the use of language and on ethical dilemmas; comprehension of plot, themes, characterization; inferential thinking; expository and creative writing; handwriting, punctuation, spelling and phonics; skits and class plays.
COMPOSITION: guided writing of a variety of assignments, non-fiction and creative, in connection with the social studies curriculum.
MATHEMATICS: place value; whole number operations; relationships between whole numbers, fractions and decimals; patterns and functions; comparison of 2-D and 3-D shapes; simplification of and solutions for simple number relationships; probability and data analysis.
SOCIAL STUDIES: a comparative study of civilizations in Asia that includes geography, culture, religious beliefs and traditions, civil rights, storytelling and aesthetics. The curriculum is designed to shift between relevant fieldwork in modern day New York City, research and hands-on classroom projects that incorporate indigenous Asian art forms and cuisine. Essential questions related to journey, diversity and tolerance frame this yearlong study.
SCIENCE: design and construction of towers and bridges using newspaper as building material; chemical and physical properties of common household powders; structure and function of human body systems; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of crayfish and their relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom; variables affecting pendulums; introduction to acids and bases; seasons.
RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of program begun in Kindergarten.
LIBRARY: introduction to the automated card catalog; reading aloud of stories or chapter books; increased pleasure reading; a unit on fractured fairy tales.
COMPUTERS: introduction to touch-typing and computer programming; continued exploration of computer graphics and animation; reinforcement of the concepts of saving and retrieving files, copying and pasting objects and learning new applications.
ART: multifaceted projects inspired by different artistic traditions and involving preliminary planning and revision as well as spontaneous creative choices.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: extension of skills learned in the previous years and their application in more dynamic game like situations; introduction of defensive concepts; continued focus on fitness and strengthening activities; gymnastics and dance; swimming for one trimester; introduction to the choreographic process in dance.
SERVICE LEARNING: exploration of concepts of economy and charity through active learning and service opportunities.