Reading continues to be a priority in third grade. Emphasis is on learning about words, reading text with fluency and expression, and learning comprehension strategies. The student will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, which relate to all areas of the curriculum. Reading comprehension strategies will be applied in all subjects, with emphasis on materials that reflect the Standards of Learning in mathematics, science, and history and social science.Language Arts
The Grade 3 Language Arts program promotes effective oral and written communication. The program is based on the writing process with all grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling skills introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing. Writing skills are taught through mini-lessons and conferences. Reinforcement is provided through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing activities. Daily formal and informal speaking opportunities develop oral language and listening skills. Handwriting skills are practiced with an emphasis on legibility and consistency of letter formation and spacing. Students complete transition from manuscript (printing) to cursive writing.