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    Third grade at Folger McKinsey will provide students the opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom experiences. Their love of learning will grow and students will develop their critical thinking skills. Specific units of study for the year include the following:


    Throughout the year students will explore poetry, short stories, novels, and a variety of different genres.
    • Words Their Way Spelling
    • Isabel Beck vocabulary
    • Lucy Calkins writing program that focuses on narrative, informational, and persuasive writing. Each unit uses a combination of mentor texts, databases, and technology to improve our writing.
    • Exposure to different types of literary and nonfiction texts.
    • William and Mary unit of study


    Theme 1: Communication ​ Theme 2: Collaboration 
    • Understanding unit fractions (2nd half of unit–4 lessons)
    • Using fractions in measurement and data (7 lessons)
    • Solving addition and subtraction problems involving  measurement 
    • Understanding the relationship between multiplication and division ​
    Theme 3: Critical Thinking 
    • Understanding the relationship between multiplication and division 
    • Investigating patterns in numbers and operations 
    • Developing strategies for multiplication and division 
    • Understanding equivalent fractions 
    • Comparing fractions
    Theme 4: Creativity 
    • Comparing fractions 
    • Solving problems involving area 
    • Solving problems involving shapes
    • Using multiplication and division to solve measurement problems

    It is essential that students attain fact fluency (3 – 5 seconds per fact is considered fluent) to be successful. We encourage parents to practice facts at home with their student. Students may use their school log-in and password to access online programs, such as Fastt Math (the Stretch component).

    SOCIAL STUDIES       ​

    Theme 1: Communication - Our Community 
    • What is a community
    •  How communities communicate
    • How civic virtues help us build a strong community
    • How learning about Social Studies helps us communicate about our community
    • What tools will help us learn about different communities
    •  How communities  are organized
    • How physical characteristics shape a community
    • How people have changed the community to meet their needs
    • How you can communicate to others about your community
    Theme 2: Collaboration - People in Our Community 
    • How immigration creates a community
    • Why people migrate/move from one location to another
    • How different cultures are represented in our community
    • How you learn about different cultures
    • How communities borrow and share from other cultures
    • How you honor people or groups of people who contributed to the common good of society
    • How Anne Arundel County honors the contributions of its citizens
    • How certain actions, words and thoughts create compromise or conflict
    • How you show respect for other people and cultures to improve collaboration
    • How you share your understanding of other cultures around the world and in our community
    Theme 3: Critical Thinking - Community at Work 
    • How to make good economic choices
    •  How to obtain money and use it to get the things that you need and want and resources that are necessary to produce goods
    •  How goods and services meet your economic wants and needs
    •  How products are made
    •  How specialization and interdependence are related
    •  How and why producers make choices because of limited natural, human, and capital resources
    •  How technology affects the production of goods and services, and how that affects consumers
    •  How trade with other countries serves the needs of your community
    •  How to use available resources to produce a product and earn income
    Theme 4: Creativity - Environmental Action Project 
    • How citizens participate in their community
    • How citizens identify and solve community problems
    • What resources and information help us to be informed citizens
    • What environmental issues affect your community
    • How to make a positive change in your environment


    Theme 1: Communication 
    • ​​Communicate as a scientist 
    • Determine if equal and unequal forces on an object affect the object 
    • Identify if  patterns of motion predict future motion
    • Identify if objects interact with each other without contact
    • Investigate how I can solve a simple problem using magnets
    Theme 2: Collaboration 
    • Determine if models help explain the unique and diverse life cycles of plants
    • Determine if models help explain the unique and diverse life cycles of insects
    • Determine if models help explain the unique and diverse life cycles of other organisms
    • Investigate if being a part of a group help some animals to survive
    • Identify what are the traits that are inherited from parents and how do they vary within a group of similar organisms
    • Examine if we can we prove that traits can be influenced by the environment​
    • Determine if plants, animals, and environments of the past similar or different from current plants, animals and environments
    • Determine if environmental changes affect organisms
    ​​Theme 3: Critical Thinking 
    • Identify typical weather in different parts of the world and during different times of the year
    • Understand what  information is used to describe climates in different regions of the world
    • Examine if the impact of weather-related hazards be reduced
    Theme 4: Creativity ​
    • How can we design and choose a solution that meets specific criteria?
    • Determine if  we generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem
    • Plan and carry out fair tests


    The National Science Center in Baltimore