Reading: Third quarter, students continue learning non-fiction reading strategies. This will include identifying the sequence of events, cause and effect relationships, and comparing and contrasting information within topics. Students will also learn to determine their point of view on both non-fiction and fictional texts and determine how that may be similar or different from that of the authors.
Writing: Third graders will combine what they are learning about point of view and write their own opinion pieces. Students will state their opinions, provide reasons and evidence to support their opinions. Throughout, we will go through the writing process (drafting, editing, revising and publishing) to create final published pieces.
Math: Students will learn how to calculate the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and other closed figures. We will also focus on identifying attributes of two-dimentional shapes.
Science: This introductory forces unit will give students a new understanding in the invisible pushes and pulls that operate in the world around them. They will realize that understanding forces will let them do suprising things - from building a sturdy bridge from paper to using the pull of a rubber band to send a coard board "hopper" flying! What students learn in this unit will connect to the world around them, leading them to think about such things as the force of friction as they slide down a playground slide or the invisible force that makes magnets cling to the refrigerator. Hands-on activities will focus on engineering, investigation and discovery.
Social Studies: Students will use what they have learned about cause and effect relationships in reading to examine specific cause and effect relationships throughout our world and society. Students will explain varied cause and effects of conflict and cooperation among individuals, groups, societies and nations in the following categories: politics, economics, geography, ethnicity, race, gender and culture. Students will describe how changes in transportation and communication have affected trade and economic activities and describe ways that tools and techniques can have both positive and negative effects.
Grade 3 Resources
I am proud to say that I grew up in Minnesota, a northern state within the United States of America. In college, I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The last two years, I have been living and teaching in Guayaquil, Ecuador with both my husband, Matthew and my dog, Cadbury. We love travelling the world, and are especially excited to be here in the Dominican Republic!
I believe my job as an educator is to deliver and facilitate age-appropriate instruction, designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be an active, productive and global member of society. In addition to learning academic content, it is also important that students learn social and emotional skills.
Throughout my instructional career, I have demonstrated the ability to develop complete curricula for a variety of courses and content areas; as well as influence student improvement through quality discussions, guided-discovery, assignments, activities, and assessments. Within my lessons, I provide a wide variety of teaching strategies in order to meet the needs of each one of my students.
I am looking forward to a fun and successful school year here at the International School of Sosua!