In third grade students observe and record personal perceptions of their environments by refining and embellishing visual symbols through increased awareness of visual detail. They expand visual thinking to include life experiences and imagination as sources for art ideas. They explore such qualities as the feeling of color and the excitement of line. Students learn design principles by inventing complex patterns and combinations of line, form, and color. Examples of artists’ work from the past and present are used to provide stimuli for discussions about artists from different cultures and times who expressed many of the same themes in a variety of ways. Their vocabulary increases as they learn the elements of art and are introduced to the principles of design. Learners share their ideas and demonstrate respect for the opinions of others. Students learn that the Lord has made us in his image and that as creators we are to glorify the Lord by using the talents that He has given us.
Third Graders study the book of Judges, the lives of Samuel and David, and the Parables. Students memorize scripture weekly.
All skills at expected grade levels are a continuum from the previous grade. Students will learn advanced mouse skills (right clicking), work with two pieces of software open simultaneously (minimize one while switching to the other and split screen format) to create projects and reports in Word and Power Point. Students will learn to copy pictures from pre-screened internet sites and paste them into their project. Appropriate use of the internet for research will be emphasized.
Third Grade students learn a variety of new concepts, including multiplication, division, and more advanced number sense concepts. A research-based curriculum called Accelerated Math, creates math assignments tailored to each student’s current level, provides ongoing feedback on students’ daily practice, and addresses each student’s individual needs. Concepts are also taught using manipulatives, text, videos, and computer lab projects. The Math in a Flash program is used to facilitate math fact recall.
Third grade students engage in a variety of activities, including development of the singing voice and harmony through round singing and partner songs. The Orff approach to music education is used to develop rhythmic abilities through use of body percussion and instruments. Students continue learning note values and how to write rhythms. Students begin learning notes on the music staff. Classical music and the lives of composers are studied. Movement is used through singing games, folk dances, drama, and creative expression. Children perform twice a year as an ensemble.
In Third Grade, the Language Arts program is woven in all subject areas. Spelling rules and phonics are reinforced using weekly units from a workbook. Spelling words are derived from the workbook and other subject areas. Reading concepts are taught using various literature genres. A basal reader, Kate DiCamillo chapter book read alouds, Science and Social Studies texts, and picture books, provide a wide variety of literature for skill building. Accelerated Reader, fully supported by scientifically- based research, personalizes reading practice to each student’s current level, improving students’ reading achievement. Reading comprehension is developed by daily monitoring and intervention by the teacher. The Shurley English program is a spiral approach teaching the basic eight parts of speech as well as mechanics. Writing instruction is implemented across all subject areas.
Physical Education (PE)
DLES has a lifetime fitness-based curriculum. An emphasis is placed every week on cardiovascular and strength exercises to improve psychomotor and cognitive skills while incorporating healthy nutrition habits throughout. Students will experience a series of fitness tests and sports-related activities and games, preparing them for individual and team-related sports while teaching them teamwork and sportsmanship. They will also participate in a charity activity (Jump Rope for Heart) and a Physical Skills Day.
Students use hands-on science labs, computer labs, community outreach opportunities, field trips, Space Day, and textbook to facilitate their learning in the following topics: How Living Things Function, Matter, The Earth and Space, Energy and Change
Third Graders study communities by starting with their own community. Students take a Hike Through History field trip to learn about the founder of our school, David Lipscomb. Our journey takes us from our local community to the global community. Map skills, timelines, types of government, and changes/inventions are studied along the way. Third Graders annually host a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off for our community, and display our inventive skills at our Third Grade Invention Convention.