Welcome to Third Grade!
Third grade is considered by many to be the last of the "early childhood" years. Students begin an important transition from learning academic skills such as reading and writing. They begin to use these skills to learn new information. In Alpena, third graders will receive letter grades on their report cards for the first time.

Communication Arts
Third graders will focus on the writing process to get their ideas down on paper clearly. Specific skills emphasized this year include selecting a topic, using pre-writing strategies, drafting, revising their writing, self and peer editing, and publishing.

The third grade Reading textbook is part of a literature series by Scott-Foresman. Each literature unit targets a specific reading skill. Students practice comprehension strategies as they learn to, read for pleasure, gather and learn new information, and grow in confidence and competence. Spelling, phonics, listening, and speaking skills are integrated into each unit.

Mathematics
Third grade students will cover many new skills during Math classes this year. By the end of the year, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in addition and subtraction with regrouping (up to four digits). The students will also be expected to write and read numbers 1-9999 and demonstrate an understanding of place value for these numbers. Students will also learn more about fractions, geometry, and measurement.

Science
Third grade Science gives students a chance to explore the world and the way it works. Science units this year include weather, physical science, and ecosystems. Students will build process and learning skills through the use of the Scientific Method and lots of hands-on activities.

Social Studies
Students will study regions of the United States in third grade. They will extend their skills in map reading by learning to interpret, construct, and use various types of maps. Students will also collect regional data and learn to organize, interpret, and then present their information orally, graphically and in writing.

Art & Music
This year, students continue to be exposed to the fine arts in Music and Art classes, which are each held once a week.

Physical Education & Health
Twice a week, children participate in PE class, building on their knowledge of team sports and individual physical skills. Weekly Health classes teach the children about healthy friendships, dental care, the skeletal system, the effects of drugs, and living a balanced, healthy life.

Assessment & Reporting
All APS students in grades K-3 are assessed in Reading, Writing, and Math using a combination of national, State, and locally developed tools. For third graders, this includes the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) test which measures academic progress in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Parents are kept informed through regular progress reports and conferences.

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