Grade 3 - English

Language Arts 300 (Credit: 1.00)

Language Arts 300 focuses on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:  Reading introduces students to basic reading skills, including the identification of main ideas, supporting details, sequence, and facts and opinions. Students learn close reading strategies to use in short stories, a short play, poetry, and fables. Students learn to read digital text also. Special attention has been paid to teaching students advanced word decoding skills. As students begin to read more advanced texts, students will need to have decoding skills to read larger words. Students will also be introduced to choosing “just right” books and completing book reports.    Writing develops students’ understanding of sentence structure, providing hands‐on experience with complete sentences and build to writing complete paragraphs. Students will use graphic organizers to follow the writing process to write for a variety of genres including; personal narratives, fictional stories, poetry, and nonfiction texts. Students will develop vocabulary skills by learning and identifying homographs, synonyms, and antonyms. Students are introduced to roots and affixes, and word relationships. On the mechanics side, students will be introduced to cursive handwriting. Various grammar topics are introduced to build students use of writing conventions.  Speaking Students will be given the opportunity to use their verbal communication skills in a variety of projects. Students will participate in classroom discussions. Students will also compare and contrast written word versus spoken word. Additionally, students will integrate multimedia elements into creating presentations.    Special Topics introduces basic research skills, academic language, letter writing, and how to gather information from surveys and interviews.