At Genesis Elementary, we take our responsibility to prepare our older students for the next step very seriously. In third, fourth, and fifth grade, the stakes for students are high. We build upon the knowledge they’ve gained in early elementary, giving them the tools and solidifying the academic foundation that will allow them to pursue future success in middle and high school.
But we also know that developing the whole child is essential, which is why Genesis Elementary makes a point to offer both an accelerated curriculum with traditional learning and enrichment classes and opportunities to develop physical, social, and emotional skills as well.
Reading and Writing
Third graders at Genesis Elementary work on the building blocks of language arts, including reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and writing. Accelerated Reader programs, as well as classroom discussion and quizzes, allow students to develop their comprehension and reference skills. Students master cursive in third grade, practicing it in their class work throughout the second half of the year. As students are developing these skills, they are also improving their vocabulary and spelling skills, with a weekly spelling curriculum and practice in mastering the grammatical foundation for writing. In third grade, Genesis Elementary students also focus on writing, stressing the steps in the writing process. Students in grades 3 through 5 are required to complete a research project, which offers them invaluable experience in navigating the research and writing process simultaneously.
Third grade at Genesis Elementary uses the Saxon Math program, which builds on the concepts they’ve learned while encouraging them to extend their knowledge. Math concepts taught in third grade include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with one-digit divisors, fractions, decimals, reading and constructing graphs, and word/story problems.
Geography, History, and Science
Third grade moves to geography and history, studying both physical and human geography. Reading & interpreting a map, including legends, political/elevation/route maps, and calculating distance, are a core component of third grade geography. In history, third graders explore a number of topics, including ancient human migration, early European exploration, and the formation of the 13 original colonies.
In science, third grade students learn the scientific method through the completion of a Science Fair project. Areas of study for third grade science include plants and animal life cycles, earth science, conservation, the water cycle, and simple machines.
We believe every student deserves the chance to be seen, heard, and taught in an environment of support and love.