PSE Third Grade "Developing the scholars of today and the leaders of tomorrow"


The third grade team uses the North Carolina Grading Scale to determine your child's grades. Grades are generally updated and posted online every 2-3 weeks. The grading scale is as follows:

A: 100-90

B: 89-80

C: 79-70


F: 59 and Below


Providence Spring uses a rotating schedule for specials. Specials include:


Computer Lab




Science Lab


Your child can expect homework to be given each night (Monday-Thursday). On the weekend, your child is expected to read for a total of 60 minutes, either divided into two days or all at once. Please check, and sign your child's assignment/agenda book every night. Our expectation for your child is for them to be responsible for writing their assignments down on a daily basis. Below is a quick overview of the homework issued nightly:

Literacy - Read 30 minutes nightly. Please sign reading log.

Math - Study math facts for at least 10 minutes each night. An additional assignment will be issued nightly. Please check your child's assignment book for details.

Science/ Social Studies/ Writing - An assignment for these subjects could be issued on certain nights. Please check your child's assignment book.

English Language Arts


Third grade uses a combination of novel studies, high interest passages on numerous topics, non-fiction text including Time for Kids, and the Making Meaning program to build reading skills.


Teachers apply a proven, research-based methodology to improve narrative, expository and persuasive writing. Through analysis of literature and teacher modeling, students learn how to write a good beginning, develop an elaborate setting, make transitions, build suspense, and more. For more information about the methodology we use, check out the following link:


We believe that the best way for students to learn the spelling patterns that exist in the English language is through the hands-on word sorting approach. Our teachers use a research based program, Words Their Way®, to a help students analyze spelling words, categorize the words based on the patterns they observe, and to generate rules based on the patterns they see. Students receive differentiated spelling lists based on their current understand of spelling rules. All spelling work will be completed in class. Students will be tested at the end of each week on the spelling words.


Major Areas of Study:

Place Value


Area and Perimeter





Problem Solving


Addition and Subtraction



Reading and Interpreting data


Quarter 1

1. Matter: Properties and Change

2. Energy: Conservation and Transfer

Quarter 2

1. Force and Motion

2. Earth in the Universe

Quarter 3

1. Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes

2. Skeletal/ Muscular System

Quarter 4

1. Structures and Functions of Living Organism

Social Studies

1. Third graders learn there are many different roles people play in society and are able to recognize the qualities of good citizenship by social environment.

Third graders discover how literature is integrated in the social studies discipline by reading about local, state, national and global leaders (fictional and non-fictional). They identify characteristics of responsible citizenship and explain how civic participation can impact changes within the community. Students will explain the need for leaders and describe their roles and responsibilities. They will recognize diverse local, state, and national leaders, identify their deeds, and investigate the contributions that these leaders have made to society.

2. Third graders evaluate change in different communities.

Third graders recognize the concept of time and change and can analyze changes which have occurred in communities past and present. They will identify how individuals, events, and ideas have changed over time. Their field trip to a historic site helps them to better understand the history of the community and compare and contrast the roles of important citizens both past and present.

3. Third graders apply basic geographic and economic concepts to the study of communities.

Third graders continue to use maps, globes and apply geographic terms to describe the communities they are studying. They are able to compare how people adapt and change their environment to meet their needs. Students examine the economic resources in various communities and recognize the concept of scarcity and its impact on the production, distribution and the use of goods and services in these communities.

4. Third graders will recognize how technology is used at home, school, and in the community.

Third graders describe the contributions made by community leaders in technology and identify the impact of technological change around the world.

5. Technology Integration: Societal/Ethical Issues

Identify, discuss, and chart uses of technology in the community (e.g., farmers, grocery, restaurant, veterinarian, medical and emergency services).


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