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Reading: Following Characters Into Meaning

This unit will inspire readers to think deeply about and learn from the characters in the books they read. The first part of this unit invites readers to dive into the world of their characters through predicting, envisioning, and reading with fluency. The second half of this unit asks students to notice character’s personality quirks and habits as well as infer to develop ideas about character traits, motivations, troubles, and actions. The final leg of this unit asks students to learn alongside of characters asking, “How can we apply these lessons to our own lives?”

Writing: Literary Essays

This unit builds groundwork for work third graders will be asked to do on state tests. This unit aims to equip students with tools they need to write simple essays that advance an idea about a piece of literature. It relies on children’s prior experience with opinion writing and pushing them to write about claims. Writing to defend claims about literature requires close reading, attention to literary craft, and the ability to cite and defend relevant textual evidence. 

Mathematics: Operations

In Everyday Mathematics Unit 3, children use place value to develop and practice strategies for addition and subtraction of 2- and 3- digit numbers. They represent multiplication using arrays, and use these representations to develop strategies for solving multiplication facts.

Science: Forces and Interactions

The Knowing Science teaching method takes advantage of the growing technical world and young children’s cognitive abilities to investigate the world around them.  This teaching method will introduce a truly revolutionary approach to the teaching of science to our young learners.  In Forces and Interactions, the student will begin to understand that every object around us is subject to movement, from a ball in the playground to our school building.  It may be difficult for students to realize that even an “unmovable” structure like a building is moving, unless they are able to relate it to the rotation of the Earth. We will investigate the forces and interactions using inquiry and the natural wonder of children to develop a deep conceptual base for future learning in science.