Online Class: Third Grade Curriculum

Throughout this course, we provide tips, activities and curriculum for third graders, including active teaching, in each of eight academic areas: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music, and drama.

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Course Description

Empowering Third Graders: Unleashing Potential through Modern Curriculum & Pedagogy

Third grade marks a significant milestone in a child's academic journey. It's a transformative phase when young learners evolve from mere absorbers of information to articulate communicators. With refined vocabularies and burgeoning writing techniques, the canvas of communication unfurls before them, presenting a universe of possibilities. However, to truly tap into this potential, a robust and dynamic curriculum is essential. This course offers exactly that.

Course Highlights:

  1. Building Master Communicators: Dive deep into the nuanced development of third graders' communication skills. Understand the importance of fostering a space where they can confidently convey their thoughts and feelings.

  2. Leveraging Active Pedagogy: Modern research consistently cautions against passive lecturing. This course emphasizes the need to pivot towards an "active" or "interactive" teaching style. Not only does this approach encourage students to internalize information more deeply, but it also cultivates a culture of exploration and expression.

  3. Holistic Academic Exploration: Covering eight essential academic arenas – reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music, and drama – this course presents innovative techniques and activities tailored for each subject. These resources are designed to keep learners engaged, curious, and ever-evolving.

  4. Incorporating Common Core Standards: An overview of the national common core standards for each academic discipline ensures that your teaching is aligned with broader educational objectives, optimizing student outcomes.

  5. Insightful Teaching Theories: Dive into contemporary curriculum and pedagogic theories that have been reshaping the educational landscape. Equip yourself with the knowledge to adapt and evolve in this ever-changing domain.

  6. Customizable Framework: While this course offers a comprehensive overview of third grade curriculum essentials, it's designed with adaptability in mind. Recognizing that each state and school district possesses unique standards and mandates, our content is versatile, allowing you to tailor it to local requirements.

Why Choose This Course?

Third grade isn't just another academic year; it's the bedrock upon which future academic success is built. This course not only acknowledges this but provides educators with the tools, insights, and strategies to ensure their students don't just navigate this pivotal year but truly thrive. Through a blend of modern pedagogic principles, hands-on activities, and a holistic approach to subject areas, educators are empowered to create a vibrant, responsive, and inspiring learning environment.

Join us on this transformative journey. Whether you're a seasoned educator or someone stepping into the realm of third-grade teaching, this course promises insights that will reshape your classroom, making it a hub of curiosity, creativity, and cognitive growth. Let's nurture the next generation of thinkers, dreamers, and doers.

Course Motivation

Academic Needs  

The first and second grades are often viewed collectively. In fact, some schools combine the classrooms of the early primary years. Third graders begin to master basic academic skills and become stronger in their cognitive abilities. 

The fledgling skills of reading and writing combine to allow children to begin to use their powerful new skills to learn at a deeper level. As describes it, kids begin to move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," and from "learning to write" to "writing to communicate." 

At this stage, the thinking required to convert letters into sounds has become mostly automatic, so students can focus on the meaning of the text that they are reading. Children become readers that are more fluent. Their vocabulary expands and they can read longer and more complex material.  

In third grade, students can write at a more complex level. They can spell many words correctly now, and they understand the stages of the writing process. Their use of language will improve, including mastering basic grammar and style rules. They will also work to edit and revise their own writing.

Because the basics of reading and writing are now more comfortable, the discipline of social studies can become a more prominent topic. Teachers can capitalize on children's natural interest about people, places, and times by using stories to teach about different cultures, past and present. At this level, the teaching in part focuses on imparting knowledge, but it also seeks to lay a foundation for more sophisticated learning later.

Third grade is an important year for mathematics concepts. At this stage, the curriculum moves from simple computation to skills that are more complex. In science, students are encouraged to channel their innate curiosity into asking questions and seeking answers. Students should be given chances to collect and analyze data from their own mini-experiments.

While students will be taught more sophisticated critical thinking skills, stresses that at this age, children have accumulated enough experiences that they can make more use of common sense.  Educators can praise kids for using common sense to solve problems and expect them to be able to work out some problems by themselves.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. Third Grade Overview

Teachers should always consult their specific state and school districts for any local requirements. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Third Grade Curriculum; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Course Introduction and Goals
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Creating Curriculum

Aside from content, there was remarkable agreement on the need to improve the methods of teaching. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Reading and English Usage

Third graders continue to need teacher demonstrations and strategic mini-lessons to help them handle more difficult reading materials. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Writing

Third graders will want to please teachers with their writing, as well as with their peers. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Mathematics

The NCTM stresses that math teachers must actively engage students and allow them to practice and strengthen their reasoning skills. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Third Grade Subjects
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Science

Consistent with the movement away from simple rote memorization of facts, experts recommend teaching science with less of a focus on learning scientific facts and more of an emphasis on how to think scientifically. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Social Studies

By third grade, the focus expands to examine how communities and cities are connected in the state, country, and world. Issues to consider include change and growth in communities, the government structures, and history. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Art

Art educators have long pointed out the vital role that art plays in an academic curriculum, even though it sadly still is often seen simply as a recreational activity. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Music and Movement

Music educators stress that movement is vital to a child's musical development. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Dramatic Arts

Drama can fulfill children at many different levels. It teaches all children socialization skills and familiarity in working together. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Subjects; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what the third grade curriculum requirements are.
  • Describe the processes for creating curriculum.
  • Identify and develop curriculum needs for reading and English usage, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Identify and develop curriculum needs for art, music, movement, and the dramatic arts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Third Grade Curriculum
Course Number: 8900154
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (369 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: June 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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