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Our student-centered approach and integrated thematic curriculum stimulates young students and easily captures their interest and curiosity by linking curriculum-based concepts and skills to daily life experiences. The Third Grade journey at Tesseract is one filled with exploration, experimentation, and evaluation.
Students start their day as a group, greeting one another and sharing news and class projects in morning meetings. This experience brings the Lower School together as a community and teaches students to be good listeners and confident public speakers. In Third Grade, students work independently and cooperatively in groups by engaging in hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Our Thematic Studies include:
Properties of the Earth
Ancient Greece Plants/Life Science
Explorers of the New World
Civil Right Heroes
Language Skills are developed and strengthened on a daily basis. Reading will be reinforced through a variety of classroom activities that promote solid comprehension and vocabulary. A love of reading is developed through literature studies. In written language, students learn to write confidently in a variety of genres. Students use the Six Traits of Writing model in creating and assessing their written pieces of work.
In Mathematics, students will gain depth and understanding, fluency with skills, and confidence in problem solving using Math In Focus. Students will also be using Reflex Math and IXL to reinforce basic math computation skills.
Spanish, Visual Arts, Music/Performing Arts, Library, Technology and Physical Education are integrated into the Third Grade curriculum. Students also participate in hands-on activities, field trips, and service learning projects. Critical thinking and collaborative skills needed in the 21st century are developed.
As important as our academic curriculum is our social curriculum, Responsive Classroom®. Knowing each student individually, culturally and developmentally, and recognizing and celebrating each other’s similarities and differences, we create a culture of respect and reflective social interaction with students, educators and the rest of the community. The Responsive Classroom approach continues to support students in third grade as they develop friendships and acquire social and presentation skills. As third-graders, students are gaining a sense of responsibility for their learning, academic and social skills. All of these skills help aid in the preparation for fourth grade.