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Third grade is a crucial time when children start to master communication skills. As students have refined their vocabularies and writing techniques, teachers can provide them with the activities, guidance and space to strengthen those skills to communicate their thoughts and feelings.

Third graders begin to master basic academic skills and become stronger in their cognitive abilities. This is a good time for teachers to keep in mind new scientific research showing that passive lecturing should not dominate the classroom structure. While there are times instructors need to impart certain information to the entire classroom, teachers really need to re-think how that information is delivered.

What some call an "active" or "interactive" style of teaching allows students to consider and reflect on the information provided, experiment with the new knowledge, and share their own ideas and approaches. Throughout this course, we provide tips and activities for active teaching, in each of eight academic areas: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music, and drama.

We also provide highlights of national common core standards in each of the academic areas, as well as overview of relevant curriculum and teaching theories. This course is designed to provide general information about third grade curriculum; teachers should keep in mind that each state and each school district maintain their own standards and requirements.

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Lesson 1. Third Grade Overview

Teachers should always consult their specific state and school districts for any local requirements. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Parent's Guide to Third Grade; Third Grade Learning Objectives
  • Take Poll: Third Grade Curriculum
  • Complete: 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
  • Review Article: What is Active Learning?
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Reading Comprehension Worksheets; Third Grade Activities
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Writing Activities; Third Grade and Writing
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Third Grade Math Worksheets; Math Games
  • Take Poll: Third Grade Subjects
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Science Activities; Science Worksheets
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Social Studies Worksheets; Social Studies Resources
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Art Lessons; Arts and Crafts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Music and Movement

Music educators stress that movement is vital to a child's music development. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Third Graders and Music; Core Standards and Resources
  • Complete: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Drama Lesson Plans; Theater Games
  • Take Poll: Subjects
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Third Grade Curriculum
Course Number: 8900154
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
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
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

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