Social Studies Curriculum Geography, Environmental Literacy and Culture: Building on the work of K-2 geographical awareness of their surroundings and by using geographical representations, 3rd graders look at communities from geographical perspectives. Students become aware of some of the cultural, political, geographic, historic, environmental, and economic factors that help bind communities together through both time and space.

Economics and Financial Literacy:
Building on the work of K-2 understanding in economics, in which students developed basic economic concepts by relating them to their own wants and needs, Third Graders will understand how regions influence economics and entrepreneurship.

History and Colonial America
Building upon the work of K-2 understanding of history, past and present, 3rd grade continues to explore changes in communities and regions over time through historical events and narratives, specifically perspectives.

Civics and Government Building on the work of K-2 understanding rules and the roles of citizens, 3rd grade continues with understanding the roles and responsibilities of a citizen and the relationship of government to their community.

Science Curriculum
Human Body: Students will understand that:

  • the skeletal and muscular systems have different functions but work together to support mobility.
  • skin is necessary for protection and for the body to remain healthy.
  • forces change the speed and direction of an object.
  • gravity is a force that pulls on all objects on or near the Earth.
Objects in the Sky:

Students will understand that:

  • Earth is part of a system called the solar system.
  • shadows are created by objects blocking light.
  • the Earth rotates on an axis and this causes night and day.
  • the appearance of the Moon changes in a specific pattern and repeats this sequence over the course of approximately 28 days.
Changes   Students will understand that:

  • materials may change their properties or state, such as ice melting.
  • changes in state result from changes in the external environment, such as heating water to boiling.
  • mixed materials may change as the result of physical or chemical interactions.
  • the chemical and physical properties of materials may be used to separate their mixtures.
  • chemical reactions can produce new materials.
Plant Growth and Soil   Students will understand that:
  • organisms go through distinct stages as part of a process known as the life cycle.
  • living things are interdependent; for example, plants depend on bees for pollination.
  • observations, drawings, and graphs help us understand how plants move through the life cycle and what factors affect their growth and development.
  • sand, clay, and humus are three basic components of soil
  • different soils absorb and retain water at different rates.