Third grade at Mokapu is an exciting year full of challenge, exploration, and mastering of fundamental skills. It is a year for students to build their independent work skills and to grow to be responsible self-directed learners.
It is our goal as the 3rd grade teachers to provide enrichment experiences for our students that integrate Math, Reading,Writing, Science, and Social Studies skills.
Some of our academic highlights in our Math “Stepping Stones” curriculum is securing basic 2-3digit addition and subtraction facts, single digit multiplication and division facts. Solving multi-step word problems using a variety of basic operations will be a big focus too. We practice telling time and figuring out elapsed time. We also cover measurement, perimeter & area, and we compare & order fractions.
In our Language Arts “Wonders” curriculum we concentrate on Spelling, Vocabulary, and building Reading Fluency & Comprehension skills. Third grade is the year to learn how to develop paragraphs by breaking up ideas and including introduction and conclusion statements. We use a variety of graphic organizers to help form ideas. We cover descriptive, expository, persuasive, and narrative writing throughout the year..
We encourage our students to utilize online program like Kid Biz and IXL Math to help review and secure important skills that will help them succeed on the state assessments at the end of the school year. Typing will also be a “key” skill that will be implemented to help prepare for the state assessments.
We enjoy taking our students on 3-4 educational fieldtrips per school year, like:
Pacific Aviation Museum
Manoa Hertiage Center
Hawaii Nature Center
Honolulu Youth Symphony
The Imaginarium (The Planetarium)
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Third grade is a year to blossom into Effective Communicators that can express themselves through their work and classroom discussions. We encourage every student to be Community Contributors by giving mutual respect and support to their peers.
We, the third grade teachers, are committed to preparing our students to be successful fourth graders. We agree that each year we need to tailor our instruction to meet the needs of the unique individuals that join our classes, our students.