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Cherrydale Elementary
 Third Grade Syllabus
2006-2007

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English/Language Arts

August

* Sentence structure.
* Dissecting sentences of subject and predicate
* Combining sentences
* Use correct grammar and questioning skills in oral and written communication.
* Use of correct capitalization and punctuation.
* Opening Sentences in Paragraphs
* Journal Writing 

September

* Friendly letters
* Nouns
* Plural Nouns
* Singular Nouns
* Writing an envelope
* Possessive nouns
* Dictionary Skills
* Using learning maps in writing.
* Adding detail to writing
* Journal activities 

October

* Adjectives
* Comparing adjectives
* Use of a thesaurus
* Compound words
* Contractions
* Use of transition words in writing
* Multiple paragraphs in writing
* Dictionary Skills

 

November

* Action verbs
* Linking verbs
* The be verb
* Use of articles
* Use of conjunctions
* Persuasive writing
* Descriptive writing
* Staying on topic in writing
* Journal Activities
* Dictionary Skills

December

* Adverbs
* Compare using adverbs
* Adverbs I written and oral communication
* Classify verbs and adverbs.
*  Classify types of adverbs
* Create adverbs from adjectives
* Poetry
* Editing Skills

 

January

* Pronouns
* Replace nouns with pronouns
* Subject and object pronouns
* Correctly use I and me
* Context clues
* Prefixes/suffixes
* Homophones
* Narrative writing
* Letter writing
* Poetry
* Editing

February

* Similes
* Irregular verbs
* Punctuate dialog I a sentence
* Expository writing
* Editing
* Research skills
* Dictionary Skills
* Journals
* Use of rubrics in writing.

March

* Complete analogies
* Use antonyms and synonyms
* Continue writing skills
* Journals
*  Use of rubrics to evaluate writing

  

April

* Use affixes
* Replace nouns with pronouns
* Use object and subject possessive nouns
* Continue writing skills
* Journals
* Dictionary Skills
* Research skills
*  Using rubrics

May

* Review skills taught throughout year.
* Prepare for PACT
* Journals

 


Reading

August/September

* Critique literature
* Summarize story
* Compare/contrast literature
* Identify base words
* Fantasy/Realism
* Context Clues
* Vocabulary Development
* Spell short vowel, consonant e, long a and e.
* Learning maps to evaluate and dissect literature
* Read maps and globes
* Cause/Effect

October

* Recognize details
* Analyze author's point of view
* Generalizations
* Read/Spell long I, o, oo, ou, ow, oi
* Read schedules
* Categorize/Classify
* Maintain and improve reading skills and fluency

 

November

* Fact/Fable
* Cause/Effect
* Read a diagram
* Oral reading
* Reading conferences
* Short answer comprehension
* Spell/Read aw, r-controlled vowels

December

* Continuation of skills from beginning of year
* Oral reading

 

 

January

* Follow oral and written directions
* Sequence story events when given out of order
* Using logic to solve problems and make decisions about characters in literature.
* Multiple meaning words
* Vocabulary development
* Read/Spell soft c/j words

February

* Continuation of skills from January
* Novel Study
* Vocabulary Development
* Comprehension skills

 

March

* Make inferences
* Draw logical conclusions from literature
* Change y to I
* Vocabulary development
* Novel Study
* Continue to improve reading fluency and oral reading
* Comprehension skills

April

* Continuation of skills from March
* Make judgments
* Cause/Effect
* Classify/Categorize information from literature
* Read and use a calendar and schedule
* Read aloud with confidence
* Read and spell contractions
* Vocabulary Development

May

* Review skills and concepts taught throughout the year to prepare for PACT Testing.
* Novel Study

 


Science

August/September

* Science Inquiry
* Science process skills
* Explore careers in the science field
* Tell how plants and animals interact
* Plants use of oxygen and light.
* Seed study
* Measure and record data collected on plant growth
* Label and diagram parts of a flowering plant
* Life cycles of plants
* Conduct experiments
* Amphibians, fish reptile study
* Habitat study
* Hibernation, migration dormancy, and seasons
* Life cycles
* Define herbivore, carnivore, predator, and prey
* Food chains

 

 

October and November

* Earth Materials
* Compare rock's physical properties
* Observe how fossils are formed
* Make a fossil
* Discuss extinction
* Identify 3 careers in Earth Science
* Describe features of earth
* Construct and describe volcanic eruptions
* Tell changes of Earth's surface
* Conduct experiments
* Earth Materials
* Categorize physical properties of earth materials
* Compare/contrast various earth materials
* Classify properties
* Tell how humans use earth materials as resources
* Identify types of rocks
* Tell how they are formed.
* Earth Materials
* List components of soil.
* Diagram layers of soil
* Tell importance of soil to living things
* Conduct experiments
* Complete unit study of Earth Materials

December and January

Matter
* Record observations of physical properties of matter
* Describe how matter can change from one form to another
* Measure, record, and graph matter as it is heated or cooled
* Explore different ways to produce heat
* Measure matter
* Tell how heat moves
* Conduct experiments

 

February and March

Motion and Sound
* Describe how push and pull is involved in simple machines
* Force/work/gravity
*Recall that vibrating objects produce sound
*Vibrations can be transferred from one material to another
*Compare the pitch and volume of different sounds
*Recognize ways to change the volume of sounds
*Explain how the vibration of an object affects pitch
* Unit review
* Conduct experiments
* Present a project.

April/May

* Conduct experiments
*Review of Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Inquiry
* Prepare for PACT testing

 

 

Math


 

August/September

* Place Value to the millions
* Expanded/standard/word forms
* Comparing numbers
* Rounding Numbers
* Telling time to the minute
* Working with money
* Word Problems
* PACT practice problems

October

*Elapsed Time
*Calendar
* Addition/Subtraction
*Estimating Sums
*Regrouping
*Using Operations

 

November

* Multiplication Facts 0-12
* Multiplication concepts
*Multi-step problems
* PACT practice problems

 

December

* Geometry
* Lines, rays, segments
*Quadrilaterals and triangles
* Flips, turns, slides of figures
* Solve for perimeter and area of squares and rectangles
* Naming solid and plane figures

January

REVIEW GEOMETRY
* Division Facts
* Division concepts
* PACT practice
 

 

February

*Measurement to the nearest inch
* Estimating Measurement
* Liquid Measurement
* Metric Measurement
* Comparing metric and standard measurements.
* Review Measurement
*  Data and Probability
* Read, Interpret, and Construct bar graphs, pictographs, line graphs.
* Plot data on a graph

March

* Answer questions relating to data plotted on a graph
* Predict outcomes
* Make logical guesses of chance based upon amount of materials in problem
* Recognizing fractions
* Comparing and order fractions
* Convert fractions to decimals, decimals to fractions
* Show a fraction amount
* Compare and order decimals
* Add/Subtract common denominator fractions
* PACT Practice

April

* Multiplying 1 digit x 2 digit
* Multiplying 1 digit x 2 digit with regrouping
* Multiply 1 digit x 3 digit
* Multiply 1 digit x 3 digit with regrouping
* Dividing with remainders
* PACT practice

May

* Review of all skills to prepare for PACT testing

 

 

Social Studies

 
August/September
* Explain maps and globes.
* Use directions to locate points on a map.
* Distinguish between continent, country, state, and city.
* Identify SC by shape, neighbors, directions.
* Gather information about SC by using political, physical, & special purpose maps.
* Identify State Symbols
* Identify and describe urban, rural, and suburban.
* Distinguish characteristics of counties and communities.
* Compare places in terms of population.
* Explain how points and lines are used on maps
* Describe physical features of Low country, Midlands, Upcountry.
 
October
* Name tribes of Native Americans in SC
* Describe the first Carolinian and how they lived and governed.
* Tell how Early SC used the environment to survive.
* Explain and identify reasons why colonies wanted independence
 
November
* List causes of Revolutionary War as it pertained to SC
* Discuss impact of Revolutionary War as pertained to SC
* Compare/contrast SC before and after the Revolutionary War.
 
December
* List effects/causes of Civil War as it relates to SC.
* Compare/contrast SC after the Civil War.
* Name battles of Civil War that occurred in SC.
* Name and identify key people in Civil War.
 
January
* Will review all prior objectives from August to December.
* Begin talking about WW1 and WW2 as it relates to SC
 
February
* Explain why we need to protect water resources in SC
* Give examples of how education is valued in SC
* List job and career opportunities in SC
* Learn how SC uses natural resources.
* Explain the needs and wants in economics.
 
March
* Compare/contrast human and human made resources.
* Evaluate and name resources available 
* Explain why families preserve customs.
* Name key leaders in local government.
* Explain how we can preserve history.
* Tell what it means to be a Carolinian.
 
April
* Review key concepts taught from Jan-March and use them to prepare for PACT.
 
May
* Review all objectives throughout the year.
* Complete a report on any subject in history that involved South Carolina.
* PACT Testing.

As a school wide procedure, students will have at least one assessment (formal or informal) per subject per week.

INFORMAL ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES~
Informal assessment strategies are used on a daily basis to determine if the student has mastered an objective or if he/she understands a concept. Assessments may include “Ticket Out the Door” of answer the essential question, observation checklist, or complete/accurate homework. Students will be observed daily on active participation and correct answers in class discussions or guided practice. Also as a school wide procedure, the students must reach 80% mastery on each assignment, and 90% of students must reach that mastery before proceeding to the next lesson. Re-teaching will take place in the event of the class not mastering an essential question.

~MONITORING STUDENT PROGRESS~
Teacher observations and anecdotal notes (usually in the form of checklist) will be maintained in order to meet the needs of each student and to provide necessary documentation required should the student require specialized support services. Fall and spring conferences will be held to inform parents of on-going assessment results and to outline academic and behavioral plans for continued development. In addition, parents receive progress reports or report cards every 4-5 weeks. The student progress will also be monitored district-wide by using MAP testing in October and January. Finally, portfolios of students' work in all content areas are maintained and will be given to the following grade level teacher at the end of the school year. Portfolios include student interest inventories, all pretest, mid-year benchmark, and post-test, Rigby Benchmarks, and Unit Tests.

~FORMAL ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES~
 

English/Language Arts-                                    

Students will be evaluated through performance-based assessments, such as Integrated Theme Test and skill level tests, oral readings, writing samples (including grades on the actual writing process), and spelling tests. Standards for tests in ELA will follow district guidelines for grades. Oral reading standards will be running records. Writing samples will be assessed using the stabled third grade rubric scale, with elevations from fourth grade writing rubric when appropriate in order to raise student’s level of achievement beyond the grade level expectations, based on the district standards.

40%--Reading/Comprehension ELA
40%--Writing samples/writing skills
10%--Spelling test & Working with Words activities
10%--Integrated Theme tests

Mathematics

Students will be evaluated through performance-based assessments such as PACT Practice Test A and B (taken in August and January), chapter/unit tests, and knowledge/skill level tests.  Students are required to participate in Everyday Counts Calendar Math and Partner Games, which will be recorded as checklist with class work. Homework will be graded for accurate content at least three times a week.

40%-Unit/Chapter tests
30% Quiz
20% Homework
10% Class work, Everyday Counts participation

Social Studies

Students will be evaluated by Tests for Higher Standards, unit projects, and a year-long research project (as well as several mini-research projects). Chapter tests will be teacher-made based on revised 2005 state standards.  


50% Unit Tests
30% Research/Projects
20% Daily Work and Homework

Science

 Students will be evaluated by Tests for Higher Standards, unit projects, in-class experiments, and several mini-projects. Chapter tests will be teacher-made based on PACT format to enhance Higher Level Thinking.  

50% Unit Tests
30% Research/Projects
20% Daily Work and Homework

Grading Scale
 
A--93-100    (Excellent)
B--85-92      (Good)
C--77-84       (Average)
D--70-76      (Needs Improvement)
U--69 or below  (Unsatisfactory)

Revision of Syllabus

All of the information in this syllabus is subject to change. Such changes may be the sequence of instructional units to relate to
the learning abilities of students, to unforeseen events, and decreasing/increasing the length of the units to accommodate the varied learning styles of my students. All of the changes are at the teachers’ discretion.

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