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3rd Grade

3rd Grade Art

 
The Art Curriculum is designed to give art teachers freedom to deliver the curriculum in a personalized manner, while ensuring all elementary students throughout the district learn the same information. There are 4 Units, or Learning Target Packages, all students will experience in 3rd Grade, which include the following:
  • Ancient Civilizations: Students will be learning about art from three Ancient Civilizations including Egypt, China and Greece, and will be learning about these civilizations in Social Studies as well. They will learn about cultural symbols and create art inspired by the civilizations.
  • Minnesota Native American Artwork: After exploring traditional Minnesota Native American designs students will create a 3-dimensional artwork that incorporates traditional designs.
  • Alma Thomas: Students will be learning about Alma Thomas and the artwork she creates, and then will create an artwork inspired by her. They will be choosing a color scheme with emotion, using nature as their inspiration and create a title for their artwork.
  • Elements Representation: After exploring the Elements of Art in 1st and 2nd grade, students will apply their knowledge by creating an artwork representing the 7 Elements of Art: line, texture, color, value, shape, form, and space.
Additionally students in all grade levels will create art on a computer or iPad and will also create a 3-Dimensional artwork.
 
Process & Product
The Art Curriculum works to balance the process of creating with the final product, by focusing on the Create Process Map created by The Perpich Center for the Arts.
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Visual Literacy
Visual Literacy, or the ability to ‘read’ an artwork, begins in first grade and is used in all levels of the Wayzata Art Curriculum. Visual Literacy includes Visual Analysis and Critique, and focuses on student’s making their own meaning by noticing, making connections, connecting feelings, analyzing, questioning, interpreting and speculating.

3rd Grade Health

The Wayzata Public Schools are delighted to introduce you to the comprehensive health, substance abuse and violence prevention program in which your child will be participating this year. This program, THE GREAT BODY SHOP, will help your child learn more about his or her own body and how to take care of it. The program is a team effort involving you, your child, the teacher and members of the community.
 
At the beginning of every month, your child will bring home a Parents' Bulletin. The Bulletin will give you suggestions on how to reinforce at home the topic your child is learning in the classroom. Please visit The Great Body Shop at www.thegreatbodyshop.net to download a copy of the parent bulletin and to locate other materials that will help your family focus on making healthy choices.
 
In grade K through six, children will receive their own copies of THE GREAT BODY SHOP each month. The topics include nutrition, illness prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, safety, etc. Each unit contains information to help your child understand his/her own body, the way it works, and the best ways to keep it healthy. Your child's teacher will discuss each unit in depth with the students throughout the month and will guide them in activities to reinforce the lessons contained in each unit.
 
We ask that you talk about the lessons learned in THE GREAT BODY SHOP with your child. There is suggested reading for you and your child in the student material, Parents' Bulletins and Teacher's Guide. In addition, each Teacher's Guide unit contains Parent/Child Activities. These are designed to be done at home by you and your child together, signed and returned to the school. These activities will help keep you aware of what your child is studying and are intended to spark discussion.
 
If we all act as a team to reinforce the messages of THE GREAT BODY SHOP, this program can go a long way toward helping your child make the kind of decisions about his/her body that will keep him/her healthy, drug free, and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Third graders should be confident readers and writers. They comprehend shades of meaning and reveal a deep understanding of text. “Reading to learn” becomes a reality in third grade. Students do independent research from sources. Nonfiction is as much a part of their reading as fiction. Third graders continue to hone their writing skills. Their writing shows more complexity, e.g. using dialogue, varying sentence beginnings, using paragraphs.
 
Grade 3 Textbook 3.1   Grade 3 Textbook 3.2
 

Wayzata Public Schools’ Literacy Plan Grades K-3

Wayzata School District #284 is dedicated to the success of all our students.  Our Mission and Vision statements set out our goals:
 
The Mission of Wayzata Public Schools is to ensure a world-class education that prepares each and every student to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society.
 
The Vision of Wayzata Public Schools is to be a model of excellence where all students discover their unique talents, develop a love and tenacity for learning and demonstrate confidence and capacity for success through:
 
Exceptional Student Learning, Experiences and Relationships:
  • High achievement by each and every student – no exceptions, no excuses;
  • Content-rich, rigorous and personalized education;
  • Meaningful relationships with teachers, staff, mentors and peers in a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment.
Community Trust, Confidence and Partnership:
  • Comprehensive learning opportunities meeting diverse learner needs and community aspirations;
    Committed to being the first choice for students and families;
    Maintaining the highest levels of satisfaction and pride by staff, parents and community.

Operational Excellence:

  • Attraction, development and retention of exemplary, creative and valued employees;
  • Effective and efficient use of time and human, financial and physical resources;
  • Culture of continuous improvement and responsive innovation;
  • High performing district governance, management and partnerships.
The Minnesota State Legislature enacted statute 120B.12, often referred to as “Reading Well by Third Grade in 2012. The statute states that:
"A school district must adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade three. A local literacy 'plan must include a process to assess students' level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs. The district must post its literacy plan on the official school district web site.'"
 
The "Reading Well by Third Grade" initiative is designed to guide the work of school districts in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Standards provide additional guidance for all students’ literacy learning. The legislature believes that these efforts will help close the achievement gap, and ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college and the workplace.
 
This document, the Wayzata Literacy Plan, describes the current practices, and supports for students in Grades K-3 who need targeted assistance to reach grade level proficiency expectations in reading.  This plan meets the requirements of MN statute 120B.12.
 
Components described in this document include:

3rd Grade Mathematics

Third Grade Everyday Mathematics emphasizes the following content strands, skills, and concepts.
  • Number and Numeration - Counting patterns; place value; reading, writing and modeling whole numbers up to 1,000,000; fractions, decimals' and integers.
  • Operation and Computation - Automatically with all addition and subtraction facts; extending multiplication and division facts to multidigit problems; working with properties; operation with fractions and money; making reasonable estimates.
  • Data and Chance - Collecting, organizing and displaying data using charts, tables, line plots, and graphs; exploring concepts of chance.
  • Measurement and Reference Frames - Measuring lengths to the nearest 1/2 inch and 1/2 centimeter; describing relationships among units of length and time; finding the areas of rectangles; finding the perimeter of polygons; telling, showing, and writing time to the nearest minute.
  • Geometry - Exploring 2- and 3-dimensional shapes and other geometric concepts.
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra - Finding patterns on the number grid; solving Frames-and-Arrows puzzles having two rules; completing variations of "What's My Rule?" activities; exploring the relationships between addition and subtraction and between multiplication and division; using parentheses in writing number models; naming missing parts of number models.
(Third Grade Everyday Mathematics, 2007, p xxiv)
 
Everyday Math 3rd grade

K-5 IXL Math

 
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3rd Grade Media

Students continue to learn about their choices in reading, viewing and listening, and further their understanding of what makes literature great. Students will choose something to read for personal enjoyment and learn about the Maud Hart Lovelace Award.
 
Students will continue to develop information literacy skills and skills that enhance the inquiry process. Students will use an electronic catalog to search by subject or keyword, access print and non-print resources, learn ways to locate information within resources, locate specific materials in the Media Center, and begin to understand the Dewey Decimal system. Students will brainstorm possible resources for a topic, locate and select a limited number of resources related to a topic, evaluate the selected resources and record bibliographic entries.

3rd Grade Music

Singing activities are the primary focus of instruction, and include songs from our American folk music tradition, as well as songs from many other cultures. Both individual and group participation contribute to students’ development as music makers. Your child will also listen to music written in many styles and from many different periods of history. Other activities in music class include learning to play percussion instruments, studying music history, performing rhythmic exercises, responding to music through movement, and reading music notation.
 
The elementary music department is dedicated to the development and maintenance of a positive classroom environment and to providing a thorough music education program that is relevant to the needs and interests of each child. Our goal is to help students acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to explore, appreciate, and participate in the rich musical culture outside of the classroom throughout their lives.

3rd Grade Physical Education

The "FUN"dation of Education!
Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child from Kindergarten through grade 12. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a life-time. Physical education programs can provide these benefits only if they are well-planned and well-implemented so that they include the following:
  • Skill development - Physical education develops motor skills that allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.
  • Regular, healthful physical activity - Physical education provides a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children and youth. It encourages young people to choose to be physically active and aware of the benefits of such a choice.
  • Improved physical fitness - Quality physical education improves cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, and body composition.
  • Support for other subject areas - Physical education reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum and serves as a laboratory for application of content in science, math, and social studies.
  • Self-discipline - Physical education facilitates development of responsibility for personal health, safety, and fitness.
  • Improved judgment -Quality physical education influences moral development. Students learn to assume leadership, cooperate with others, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
  • Stress reduction - Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.
  • Strengthened peer relations - Physical education is a major force in helping children and youth socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive social skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games, and sports is an important part of youth and peer cultures.
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem - Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in young people based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They become more confident, assertive, independent and self controlled.
  • Experiencing goal setting - Physical education gives children and youth the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals. (NASPE)

3rd Grade Science

In Third grade students will continue to experience science using the research-based FOSS science curriculum, developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley.  Science content is reflective of the Minnesota State science standards and emphasize concepts in the areas of scientific investigation, sound and light waves, acquired and inherited plant and animal traits and their impact on growth, survival and reproduction, and our solar system.  The FOSS modules used include Physics of Sound, Structures of Life and Sun, Moon and Stars.
 
Physics of Sound:
The Physics of Sound Unit consists of investigations designed to allow students to explore the concept of sound.  Students learn how sound is made, how pitch and the rate of vibration are related and the variables used to manipulate the pitch of a sound. 
 
Structures of Life:
The Structures of Life Unit consists of investigations that allow students to observe, compare, categorize, and care for a selection of organisms.  Throughout the unit students learn to identify properties of plants and animals and to sort and group organisms on the basis of observable properties. Students also investigate structures of the organisms and learn how some of the structures function in growth and survival.
 
Sun, Moon and Stars:
The Sun, Moon and Stars unit consists of investigations that allow students to explore the shadows created by sun, the phases of moon, and constellations in the sky.  Students will explore what causes seasons, day and night and why the stars (including the Sun), and the moon appear to move and change over time.  Students will use Science Notebooking for this and all other modules to record their findings and understandings.

3rd Grade Social Studies

In grade three, students expand and deepen their knowledge in the four social studies disciplines of citizenship and government, economics,geography and history. By applying basic concepts in each discipline to complex communities and environments near and far, students begin to understand the social, economic, geographic and political aspects of life in the world beyond our state and nation. They create and interpret simple maps, using them to understand the physical and human characteristics of places around the world, from one’s neighborhood to vast regions of the earth. As students examine the world of long ago through historical records, maps and artifacts, they discover how geographic factors, technology, and individual and group actions have shaped history. Students practice weighing the costs and benefits in making decisions, and examine the economic forces that influence interactions among individuals in a community. They further explore the civic relationship between an individual and the community in the United States in which he or she lives, the three branches of government, and the functions and funding of government.

3rd Grade Technology

Wayzata Public Schools ensures that students will graduate with the necessary skills to be successful in careers and social interactions they will encounter in their futures.
 
In our work, we ensure:
  • Digital citizenship - Help students understand the rights and responsibilities of their actions when using digital tools.
  • Digital literacy - Help students learn how to most effectively and safely access information and tools online.
  • Critical thinking, Problem solving and Decision making
  • Global Perspectives - Use technology to communicate and collaborate with people and places locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Technology Skills - Provide the basic foundational skills in order for students to effectively use current technologies.
  • Personalized Education - Use technology to streamline the collection of data to determine student needs and to provide instruction based on individual student needs.
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