Students work with Ms. Sullivan in the Brain Space to use the design thinking process to build a tower that can hold multiple apples without toppling over.
Questioning is a key component of third grade. Most people have moved away from the continuous questions we asked as a child. In third grade, we “relearn” the art of questioning. Students explore the concept that "opening our minds to our own curiosity and asking the questions of how and why help “train our brains” to gain more knowledge in all that we read, research, and learn. “Reverse Questioning” is a skill often used to start the day in third grade. Through this, the students receive an answer and must allow their minds to go through backwards thinking to arrive at a question that would end with a given answer.
Adventure America is a highlight of the third grade experience. Students select one of the 50 United States to study. Through this long term research project, they practice and develop many of our mission skills.
Students produce a variety of writing including two full-length informative reports—one a cultural landmark or on the geography and climate of her or his state and one persuasive essay convincing the reader to visit his or her state.
The Engineering Design Process (ask, imagine, plan, create, improve) is also incorporated. Third-graders build a replica of an architectural landmark in their chosen state, using only recycled materials. They also explore the mathematical concepts—researching their states’ summer and winter temperatures, and calculating mileage from their home to their chosen state.
Students create and design their own website for their selected state, as well. They also code Dash robots to communicate facts about their landmark. The project culminates with a presentation to the entire school community, among outside visitors.
"Adventure America" helps third grade students to refine their skills in the following areas:
A Day in the Life...
Third grade is a year of tremendous growth and preparation. Teachers encourage students to take the lead in their learning, ask questions, discover who they are as students and grow as individuals. Overall, the third grade curriculum supports the development of a growth mindset as students work on persevering through a given task and growing as resilient problem-solvers regardless of subject.
Below is what a sample day could look like in our Grade 3 classrooms: