Lower School at TASIS

Our Lower School program is committed to focusing on the whole child and the active exploration of the world around us.

Grade 3 at TASIS England

TASIS Lower School is committed to educating the whole child, and the program focuses not only on the academic, but also on the creative, moral, and physical development of children.

The curriculum is both traditional and innovative, and is supplemented by a variety of social and cultural activities. TASIS endorses, through all its programs, an enthusiasm for life, for learning and for individual growth within a purposeful community.

Language Arts

In Third Grade, students think, talk, and write about what they read in articles, books, and electronic texts.

Reading
Students continue to improve fluency and focus on comprehension strategies used to interpret more challenging fiction and nonfiction text. Through purposeful text analysis, they evaluate characters and learn to determine what the text says explicitly, as well as to make logical inferences from it. Students also focus on using evidence from text to support their thinking.

Writing and Spelling
Students continue to study the writing process and focus on how to organize and develop ideas, paying particular attention to revising and editing skills.  They are able to support their opinions or points of view using details and reasons and can develop strong introductions and conclusions. Students in third grade continue to apply the spelling patterns they have learned while also learning about more complex word families and irregularly spelled words. 

 

Social Studies

The World

  • World Geography
  • The Ancient Roman Civilization
  • The Vikings

The Americas

  • The Earliest Americans
  • Early Exploration of North America
  • The Thirteen Colonies: Life and Times Before the Revolution

Research Process

Students will independently

  • Understand topic-based guiding questions
  • Recognize a variety of research resources
  • Identify keywords as effective search criteria
  • Practice note-taking methods
  • Keep track of sources
  • Credit sources in their work

With assistance students will

  • Locate relevant information through basic searches
  • Recognize source reliability
  • Utilize graphic note-taking organizers provided by the teacher
  • Use organizers to create a draft
  • Explore the elements of a research project
  • Revise for grammar and mechanics
  • Follow teacher-set research goals and deadlines
  • Maintain proper use of time and focus during the research process
  • Reflect on the research process and product

Mathematics

Third grade students deepen their understanding of place value. They build on their knowledge of numbers, develop multiplication and division strategies, and relate multiplication to division. Students also deepen their understanding of fractions, focusing on unit fractions. They learn to compare, order, and make equivalent fractions. Students describe, analyze, and compare properties of shapes based on their sides, angles, and definitions. They also learn to solve one- and two-step problems using information presented in a graph.

Science

Concepts & Topics

  • Introduction to Classification of Animals
  • The Human Body: Muscular, Skeletal, and Nervous Systems, Vision and Hearing
  • Light and Optics
  • Sound
  • Ecology
  • Astronomy
  • Science Biographies

Inquiry Skills

  • Describing
  • Observing action/change over time

  • Recording
  • Communicating observations

  • Questioning
  • Making predictions

  • Using science tools
  • Comparing 

  • Suggesting further investigations
  • Sorting and classifying

  • Conducting teacher-guided scientific investigations
and research

  • Using results of investigations to design
subsequent investigations

  • Creating graphs
  • Experimental design
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