The 3rd grade curriculum is based on the California State Common Core Standards.
In third grade, students continue to develop strategies to effectively use language. Students learn to become strategic readers. More complex reading comprehension skills are learned. Third graders should be able to read to learn, rather than be learning to read. Third graders continue to learn and practice the steps of the writing process. Proper grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing are taught to enable students to proofread and communicate more effectively. Third grades also learn to be authors of expository text and fictional text. In addition, students will be expected to have Accelerated Reader goals and track their progress. Accelerated Reader is a computer based reading comprehension and incentive program.
Students also study the regions of the United States and California. In their study of the regions of the U.S. and California, they learn how geography, climate, and natural resources have impacted the development and history of the areas. The regions are compared to one another. Students extend their skills in geography, problem solving, and study skills. Included in this study are Santa Ana's native people, geography, regions, history, and government. Students also expand their understanding of core democratic values.
Media and Technology
Third grade is a busy year in the media center. Students begin to use the computer card catalog to find their AR books. They practice searching by author, by title and by subject. Students will also have time in the computer lab using ST Math. They are also expected to learn the basics for creating a slide show.
In third grade, students learn the basics of piano. The music specialist builds their musical knowledge-base through learning
Third-grade students continue to work on gross-motor skills, spatial awareness, and body control. At this