Language Arts and Social Studies
The 3rd Grade program is based upon an imaginary trip around the world. Students pack their bags, grab their passports, and head to the "Brentwood Airport" for a simulated flight each time they journey to a new continent. In addition to continuing an interdisciplinary approach to learning, 3rd Grade is a year of transition. Building upon the foundation of skills learned in earlier grades, the children are provided opportunities to master previously introduced skills while utilizing them to learn new material. Students are then able to communicate what they have learned with purpose and clarity.
The 3rd Grade experience is exciting and meaningful because students learn about our world's different customs, cultures, languages, religions, and foods. Students read works that integrate our world theme across a variety of genres that include historical fiction, narratives, fiction, and biographies. The student's exposure to these varied works allow them to become active writers that use similes, metaphors, symbolism, causes and effects, and dynamic paragraph structures in their own writing. 3rd Grade students have opportunities to read orally and present original work to their classmates which fosters confidence and independence. Weekly spelling assessments on word families and high frequency words reinforce student writing throughout the year. Writing assignments include journals, persuasive letters, creative stories, and research reports. Brentwood's touch-typing program is taught at the beginning of the year, allowing students to use the computer as a tool in their learning. Cursive writing is introduced in the 3rd Grade, with the expectation that students will master this form of penmanship by year's end.
Through the use of literature, videos, field trips, and guest speakers, our students learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between themselves and others in the world.
In the mathematics program, concrete skills continue to be reinforced through the use of hands-on activities while the students move on to more abstract thinking, reasoning, and application. Exercises and drills are used to promote accuracy and speed while problem-solving assignments encourage students to think mathematically. Multiplication and basic division, measurement, geometry, fractions, and estimation are some of the concepts covered in 3rd Grade math.