Ridgeview Elementary School

PEAK SCHEDULE

Third Grade PEAK

THIRD GRADE CURRICULUM

THE PRIMARY PEAK PROGRAM

 

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

The teacher will lead discussions and activities to help students understand the nature of giftedness, set and evaluate goals, identify strategies to work independently, improve performance, and work effectively in a group.

 

THEME STUDY

Theme Study is a guided research time that helps students develop their information processing, communication, and critical thinking skills.  Students find and evaluate sources, take notes, synthesize their information, and create a writing piece.  In addition, as a culminating activity, they utilize creative thinking skills to create a final project that conveys their research in a unique and engaging way.  

 

Third Grade-“A Country Far Away”:  During the first part of this unit, students develop their research skills as they explore culture.  Each student applies these skills as he/she chooses a country to investigate.  Finally, students use the information to create a project that shows what they have learned.  Creative thinking skills are also taught throughout the year.

 

ACTIVITY AREAS

 

Independent Investigations:  

Independent Investigations is an independent research time that gives students a chance to explore subjects of personal interest.  Students choose from a wide variety of subjects in the arts, engineering, history, sciences and literature.  Students begin by writing an essential question to drive their learning.  Then, utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy, they apply the skills they learned to complete a variety of activities and create a final project to communicate what they’ve learned.

 

Math

Students develop their problem solving skills through a series of problems.   Problems focus on a variety of problem solving strategies such as guess and check, make an organized list, look for a pattern, etc.  After completing the initial problems and a wrap-up for the strategy, students use the strategy to solve more challenging problems.  Students may choose to participate in a national math competition and various math investigations will be integrated throughout the year.

 

Science

The students use technical reading skills to extend science concepts from the classroom with a different topic each year.   Third graders explore electricity.

This Semester in 3RD GRADE PEAK

 

 

SCHOOL SCHEDULE

DAILY SCHEDULE

9:30 Arrive at Ridgeview
11:30-12:00 Recess
12:30-12:55 Lunch
3:00 Return to Building