Third Grade at Forest Path Academy
FOREST PATH ACADEMY
This class is for third based on public school age guidelines. Students should be strong readers for this class. Third grade students who are at a significantly lower level will be placed in the 2nd grade language arts class but continue with the third class in other subjects.
The 3 program meets twice a week on Tues and Thurs from 9:15-3:15 with an optional 3rd day on Wednesday from 9:15-2:30. These grades are combined with 2nd for some subjects such as history, science, art, and Spanish; but are separated for language arts and math classes based on their reading level.
We will continue with our All About Spelling curriculum learning about many important rules such as rules for adding suffixes. We’ll start cursive handwriting as well as structured grammar instruction using the Growing with Grammar curriculum. In addition to spelling and grammar we’ll enjoy a variety of creative writing exercises and keep a daily writing journal.
Our literature class this year will explore a variety of classic children’s books including both picture books such as Beatrix Potter and longer readers such as the Boxcar Children, Pippi Longstocking, and Little House on the Prarie. In class we’ll enjoy art activities, theater projects and games, and discussion time. Homework includes daily reading assignments, vocabulary words, and study questions
Math: Saxon Math, supplemented with other activities. All students are placed in Math based on their math ability level. A placement test is given the first week of class.
Science: Chemistry Matters
Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter and energy and the interactions between them. In this class, children will learn important facts about the universe through exploration, experimentation, and fun! We will begin with an overview of fundamentals such as molecules and atoms and the phases of matter. Once these basics are covered, we'll explore different topics each week through fun and hands-on experiments. Children will be encouraged to make hypothesis based on what they have learned.
History: Ancient Civilizations
Young archaeologists will uncover clues as to what life was like in Ancient Mesopotamia through hands-on activities including making bricks for our city, writing on clay tablets, and making up hero stories inspired by Gilgamesh Next, children move on to Egypt where they will write in hieroglyphics, dress in Egyptian clothing, play ancient games, build a model pyramid and more. Finally we will study life in Ancient Greece and Rome. Hands-on activities including model making and crafts will be used as well as some cooperative group activities, research, and presentation.. Weekly assignments and projects will be assigned. This class will include study of classic Greek and Roman literature.
3rd grade students will enjoy a general music class with a recorder ensemble.
Art: Discovering Great Artists
The children will learn about the life and artistic style of many of the world's famous artist. Hands-on activities using a variety of mediums will help reinforce concepts learned.
Our Spanish Enrichment classes will introduce the Spanish language and Latin American/Spanish cultures in a “fun” atmosphere. There will be a variety of activities including flashcards, videos, games, and songs. We will build on our previous instruction and start learning additional grammar and vocabulary . The skill level taught will vary with the age of the student. Our goal will be to build a strong language foundation while having lots of fun!