Third Grade

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The school continues to utilize course content provided by Connections that is taught by Esperanza Cyber teachers. Connections Academy’s accredited online elementary curriculum stresses the fundamentals, and students focus on the core subjects: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.

Third Grade

In online third grade classes at Connections Academy, students improve their analytical skills by taking a hands-on approach to learning new material. They are introduced to multiplication and division, life cycles and ecosystems, the five stages of the writing process, and more in virtual third grade classes.

Language Arts 3 A

Building on foundational reading skills, this course focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills. Students examine the author’s purpose and point of view and practice comprehension and phonics skills through daily reading exercises. Students learn to structure and write complete sentences and then create paragraphs and longer compositions. Throughout the course, students create compositions by moving through the five stages of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students continue to master the basic skills of writing with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage.


Units:

Dollars and Sense

Smart Solutions

People and Nature


Language Arts 3 B

Building on foundational reading skills, this course focuses on developing critical thinking and analytical skills. Students examine the author’s purpose and point of view and practice comprehension and phonics skills through daily reading exercises. Students learn to structure and write complete sentences and then create paragraphs and longer compositions. Throughout the course, students create compositions by moving through the five stages of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students continue to master the basic skills of writing with instruction in spelling, handwriting, grammar, and language usage.


Units:

One of a Kind

Cultures

Freedom


Math 3 A

Third grade Math continues to teach strategies for adding and subtracting numbers with regrouping. Multiplication and division are introduced to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the operations and how they affect numbers. Students will also learn how to add and subtract decimals using money, create graphs, and perform experiments in probability using basic statistics methods. Students also study time, money, geometry, fractions, decimals, measurement, and relationships among patterns.


Units:

Let's Learn Math!

Adding Whole Numbers

Subtraction

Multiplication Meanings and Facts

Multiplication Fact Strategies: Use Known Facts

Division

Patterns and Relationships

Solids and Shapes


Math 3 B

Third grade Math continues to teach strategies for adding and subtracting numbers with regrouping. Multiplication and division are introduced to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the operations and how they affect numbers. Students will also learn how to add and subtract decimals using money, create graphs, and perform experiments in probability using basic statistics methods. Students also study time, money, geometry, fractions, decimals, measurement, and relationships among patterns.


Units:

Understanding Fractions

Customary and Metric Measurement

Perimeter and Area

Time and Temperature

Multiplying Greater Numbers

Dividing with 1-Digit Numbers

Data and Graphs


Science 3 A

Science provides a way for people to actively learn about the world around them. Throughout this course the student will continue to perform hands-on activities to explore organisms, investigate changes, and examine the solar system. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The life science units describe and analyze components of the the living world. The Earth science unit describes Earth's features and the changes it undergoes. The student will also explore different careers in science and the scientific method.

In this course, the student will design an experiment to discover what plants need to survive, make a model of a cave, and delve into many more exciting experiments. The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.


Units:

Be a Scientist

A Look at Living Things

Living Things Grow and Change

Living Things in Ecosystems

Changes in Ecosystems

Earth Changes


Science 3 B

Science provides a way for people to actively learn about the world around them. Throughout this course the student will continue to perform hands-on activities to explore organisms, investigate changes, and examine the solar system. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The Earth science units detail Earth's composition and the relationships between the Earth, moon, and sun. The physical science unit explores the properties of matter. The student will also explore different careers in science and the scientific method.

In this course, the student will create a model to investigate how simple machines work, investigate why the moon's shape appears to change during the month, and delve into many more exciting experiments. The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.


Units:

Using Earth's Resources

Changes in Weather

Planets, Moons, and Stars

Observing Matter

Changes in Matter

Forces and Motion

Forms of Energy


Social Studies 3 A

This Social Studies course focuses on the theme of community through the study of geography, history, government, and economics. The course text is Scott Foresman’s Communities. In this course, the student will explore a variety of communities, past and present, from around the world. Short stories, biographies, poetry, case studies, songs, and other resources emphasize the role of the individual in the community, as well as the influence of geography on communities. Multimedia resources including Teachlet®tutorials, videos, and interactive websites enhance and support the content. The student will learn geographic concepts such as place, location, and human interaction with the environment. Geography skills lessons are incorporated throughout the course. In addition, the student will learn the basic principles that led to the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The student will learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the three branches of government. In the economics unit, the student will examine basic economic concepts such as money, prices, supply and demand, and taxes. The student will examine factors that contribute to personal economic decisions.

Units:

Our Community

People in Communities

Where Are Communities?


Social Studies 3 B

This Social Studies course focuses on the theme of community through the study of geography, history, government, and economics. The course text is Scott Foresman’s Communities. In this course, the student will explore a variety of communities, past and present, from around the world. Short stories, biographies, poetry, case studies, songs, and other resources emphasize the role of the individual in the community, as well as the influence of geography on communities. Multimedia resources including Teachlet®tutorials, videos, and interactive websites enhance and support the content. The student will learn geographic concepts such as place, location, and human interaction with the environment. Geography skills lessons are incorporated throughout the course. In addition, the student will learn the basic principles that led to the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The student will learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the three branches of government. In the economics unit, the student will examine basic economic concepts such as money, prices, supply and demand, and taxes. The student will examine factors that contribute to personal economic decisions.


Units:

History of Communities

Communities at Work

Governments


Physical Education 3

Students enhance their personal fitness through daily participation in a variety of fitness plans, including yoga, an individual or team sport, or Connections Academy’s fitness plan.


Units:

The Presidential Fitness Challenge: Introduction

Moving, Stretching, and Strengthening

Developing a Healthy Exercise Routine

Your Body and Exercise

The Presidential Fitness Challenge

Games Around the World


Art 3

Our theme is “The Four Seasons,” featuring arts and crafts based on the characteristics of each season. Art history and art criticism are introduced, and students study the arts of various cultures. Your child will also use various media to create two- and three-dimensional projects.


Units:

Summer Strokes

Autumn Arts

Winter Highlights

Spring into Art


Educational Technology and Online Learning 3

Prerequisites:

To participate in this course you must have Microsoft® Office, or software that is equivalent, installed on your computer as well as Tux Paint and Tux Paint Stamps.


In this course, students use appropriate technology tools and resources to complete projects, manage information, and solve problems. Students use software to write, organize, analyze, and present information and data. Students learn listening and organizational skills and set attainable learning goals. Students become responsible users of technology as they learn about Internet safety and appropriate online behavior.


Units:

Keyboarding

Microsoft® Word

Microsoft® PowerPoint

Microsoft® Excel

Study Skills

Internet Safety