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Third Grade
Teaching Team
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Mrs. Blauvelt, cblauvelt@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Ms. Cawley, micawley@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Ms. Kimak, kkimak@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Ms. Murphy, jmurphy@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Mrs. Pausz, tpausz@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Ms. Vanderspurt, avanderspurt@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us

Curriculum


Language Arts
Our language arts literacy program provides comprehensive and balanced learning in speaking, listening, writing, reading, grammar and spelling. An emphasis is placed on writing that enables each student to generate, organize, and convey ideas and information for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students become effective writers, enabling them to communicate in varying forms and styles.

The acclaimed literacy expert, Richard Allington, noted in his 2011 article “ What Really Matters for Struggling Readers,” that readers need three things to be successful: access to books they find fascinating, time to read and expert instruction. At the Point Pleasant Borough School District, we strive to provide students with these three key elements to foster a life-long love of reading. In third grade, students travel through a variety of genres, such as fiction, non-fiction and mystery, to hone their skills while developing their comprehension.  Students start to read more complex books, which exposes them to more literary elements and story structures. Teachers scaffold their instruction through explicit mini-lessons, one-on-one conferencing and small group instruction. Word study, which includes vocabulary, phonics and  grammar, are embedded within the English language Arts block. Students also have opportunities to write narratives, informational and persuasive pieces while using mentor texts, direct and small group instruction to guide their writing skills.

Math
Third grade students in Point Pleasant Borough follow the Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum, a research based program.  Learning activities lay the foundation for your child’s math education through concrete experiences and games to build understanding of mathematics.  Your child will experience a problem-solving approach to learning based on everyday situations, with reinforcement through frequent practice of basic skills.  The teaching process involves revisiting concepts regularly to build mastery while drawing connections to new concepts, and the curriculum is designed to allow for exploration of mathematical content and practices in a rich problem-solving environment.  The lessons are specifically designed to build upon concepts and skills rather than treating topics as isolated sections to produce a well rounded and robust educational experience.  

There are six main focal points of learning for your child at the third grade level:  numbers and operations in base ten, number and operations on fractions, operations and algebraic thinking, measurement and data, geometric measurement, and geometry.  Within the topics are in depth learning experiences involving understanding of fractions and representations on a number line, developing fluency with multiplication and division facts, applying math operations, solving problems with more than one operation, solving problems involving time, liquid volume, and mass, solving problems with area and perimeter of rectangles, and recognizing categories of shapes with shared attributes.  These lessons will be extended and supplemented through the “Family Letters” provided in the program, which keep you informed of the content your child is learning, and through “Home Link” assignments, which offer the chance to help enrich that learning at home.

Science
The focus of the third grade science curriculum is encouraging a deeper understanding of earth science and physical science. Through scientific inquiry, major topics in these areas will be presented. Third graders will be active participants in hands-on activities, the exploration of the scientific relevance of the content areas, and experimentation demonstrating the process skills throughout the entire science curriculum. Learners will be prompted to generate questions, to investigate, and hypothesize. Activities may include the construction of models and/or the use of manipulative, interactive, and physical materials.

Social Studies
Third grade students study the land, people, and history of New Jersey. We study the contributions of different people in the history of our state, especially the Lenni Lenape tribe. We also explore the geography, climate and natural resources of New Jersey. Together, we learn about the rich history of The Garden State and its importance in our nation's history and culture!

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