3rd Grade Specials
3rd Grade Art
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
Greetings and welcome to art class! This year students will be using a variety of media, from crayons to clay, to explore their artistic side while engaging in creative, problem-solving opportunities.
One of the first essential questions we will be exploring this year is “How does art communicate meaning?” Students will be able to identify the various elements and principles used in art and how artists use them to convey meaning. They will be asked to use this knowledge to think critically and create a piece of work that communicates who they are as an individual.
As we continue into the year we will also be addressing the questions: How do artists work? How do artists collaborate? How does art history impact me? What makes artwork successful?
Please mark your calendar for these important art dates:
March 6th Evening of Surrealism
March 22nd Messy Art Night
May 3rd Evening of Fine Arts and I Madonnari Festival
Northern Clay Center will be coming for a two hour in-house clay workshop this winter. Dates to be announced…
3rd Grade Music
To begin the year, we will start exploring the question: What does it mean to be a good musician? We will review steady beat; matching pitch; quarter, eighth, and half notes; quarter and half rests; and playing 4 note melodies. As the year progresses we will learn sixteenth, dotted quarter, and half notes; syncopation; 3/4 time signature; and pentatonic scales.
Questions we will be looking at will include: How does music differ across cultures and genres? How can music create mood? When do the roles of musician and composer blend? Why do we perform?
Our media will include speech, song, movement, and instrument playing. The process usually includes imitation, exploration, and improvisation.
Please mark your calendar for these important music dates:
Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:15 PM Elementary Music Program
Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:30 PM Elementary Music Program
3rd Grade Physical Education
During the year, we will be learning how to move our bodies safely through playing exciting activities and trying new skills. As we think about how P.E. can help us move and feel better, we will ask questions such as: How can we move effectively? How can we become responsible in P.E.? How can P.E. improve our health?
We will participate in several events throughout the year including Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart, Karate and Track & Field Day.
3rd Grade Spanish
Bienvenidos a Spanish Class! Spanish scholars will be exposed to Spanish language and culture through many avenues, such as reading, acting, and mini conversations. Third graders really focus on partner reading and individually reading and writing in the Spanish language. Entering the year, students will be review and explore new greetings from around the Spanish-speaking world. Students will continue to also work on their syllable stories at a self-guided pace.
Additionally, we will be covering past numbers, adding new numbers, and applying that knowledge to the math that they are working on with their classroom teachers. Amazon rainforest vocabulary will be introduced next. Students will be learning real-life sayings that will go along with this unit. Putting vocabulary and grammar together in this unit will help us continue reading books in the target language.
One of the most important things that we will be doing this year is the country study project. Students will be researching and presenting their information in creative ways that will strengthen research skills, build team skills, and become experts on a Spanish speaking country.
3rd Grade Technology
Welcome to technology! To start this year, students will be learning and refreshing their keyboarding skills. We will also be learning about what it means to be a Digital Citizen, and how to be safe on the internet. Later in the year we hope to work on some beginning coding as well as research skills. We will be working with classroom teachers to build skills that will be useful in the classroom, as well.