Knowledge abounds as we explore the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Gods and goddesses, chariot races, a Medieval Faire, and a very special third grade musical play keep us busy this year. In addition, third graders who master their multiplication facts are inducted into the Society of Twelves!
Third grade targets greater reading comprehension by examining the main idea, cause and effect, and inference. Students also begin to respond to what they have read, both by writing and working on projects. In literature, children sample a wide variety of literary genres and learn to think about the author's purpose in writing, as well as the theme, setting, characters, plot, and imagery. Word study includes the use of the dictionary and glossary as well as WODs.
Students learn to use cursive writing and apply this to their daily written work. Grammar mechanics continue, and students develop their writing skills by composing sentences, paragraphs, poems, and stories.
History & Geography
Third graders take a big step back in time for this year's study of ancient history. Beginning with the Minoans, one of the earliest advanced civilizations, students learn about the art, architecture, clothing, and hairstyles of that time and how the Minoans influenced later civilizations. Moving on to early Greek society, they study the city-state, famous philosophers, early scientists, and the Olympics. The students complete an in-depth look at the role gods and goddess played in Greek society by completing a small research project. From the Greeks, the students then march on to learn about the Romans. The art, architecture, and engineering feats of ancient Rome as well as Roman forms of entertainment – especially chariot races and gladiator fights – are highlighted. The Dark and the Middle Ages are the last periods studied in third grade history. The year concludes with a Medieval Faire celebrated by third, sixth, and eighth grade students. In relation to their study of ancient societies, students learn about the geography of the Mediterranean region and how geography affects a country’s ability to unite and defend itself.