3rd Grade Curriculum
Third Grade Language students focus on improving skills in grammar, reading comprehension and writing using basal and novel based reading programs.
By the Third Grade, students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables. They study weights and measures, time and money and learn to purchase items, stay within a budget and give back correct change. Third Graders also learn to collect and record data, compare fractions and add and subtract decimals.
In third grade science, students conduct weekly experiments and investigations as they explore the world around them. In conjunction with the Science Fusion curriculum and using the Engineering Process and the Scientific Method, students learn about properties of matter, energy, forces and work, the Earth’s surface, people and resources, water and weather, space, ecosystems, and how living things grow and change. There are many opportunities for STEM challenges, virtual online labs, and real, hands-on learning.
In 3rd grade social studies, students learn about communities in fun and interactive ways. Using the Studies Weekly curriculum, each student has his or her own online account from which he or she may watch bonus videos, review class lessons, and create a home for their social studies avatar. To further develop their understanding of communities, students engage in cooperative learning, perform skits, and conduct research. 3rd grade social studies students learn all about healthy communities, geography, map skills, the founding of our nation, explorers, good citizenship, the history of transportation, heroes, business, markets, and American Ideals.
Our Elementary students study Spanish. Students are taught basic vocabulary and greeting skills as well as more complex skills such as verb usage and tenses. Students are encouraged to converse in Spanish with other students in order to build an even greater understanding of the language. Tools such as literature, music and video are also used.
Students take part in two full-scale musical productions each school year in our brand new fine arts complex. While rehearsing for their productions, students learn proper breathing techniques, performance skills, and basic theatre terminology and practices.
All students follow a program of visual art throughout the year culminating in the Banff School Art Festival, where they show several pieces of art. The program explores the use of diverse media and various sources from photographs to famous paintings to the student's own environment.
A full curriculum is taught that includes skill building, hand/eye coordination and motor skill refinements. Students will be taught to utilize agility, endurance and teamwork by participating in exercise drills and sport games. Healthy lifestyles in and out of the school gym are encouraged and supported.
Our Elementary students refine their computer skills in a number of classes. At Banff we introduce technology at an early age to prepare students for future classes.