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VLA Grade 3 Course Descriptions

English Language Arts 130

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

Third Grade Language Arts integrates reading, writing, and oral/visual communication. Students develop skills to decode words and build vocabulary. They use dictionaries, context clues, prefixes, suffixes, and root words. They read informational and literary texts and make a visit to the library. Students develop skills in distinguishing fact and opinion, comparison and contrast, and sequence of events. Using the writing process, they write sentences, letters, and paragraphs. Students continue to build the skill of cursive writing.

Math 130

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In this course, students use place value to read, write, represent and compare whole numbers and decimals; compute with whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers and decimals; and demonstrate fluency in multiplication facts and corresponding division facts through 10. Students analyze and solve multi-step problems, count money and make change using coins and dollars up through ten dollars, and develop common references for units of measure, and tell time to the nearest minute. In the geometry standard, students classify, sketch, and describe attributes of two-dimensional figures, intersecting, parallel, and perpendicular lines; identify and model three-dimensional figures; and investigate rotational symmetry and transformations. Students develop patterns and relationships using objects, pictures, tables, and variables to solve and explain mathematical statements and make predictions; engage in surveys and experiments for data gathering, organization, and analysis; and identify, describe, and predict simple probability and outcomes through physical models, pictures, diagrams, and lists.

Science 130

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

The scientific skills of observation, measuring and classification serve as focal points for the third grade. Students learn to read and interpret simple tables and graphs, conduct safe investigations in which they collect and analyze data, and communicate the results. Third-graders explore the properties and composition of rocks and soils and the interaction of forces and motion. They also compare the life cycles of animals, classifications of animals according to their characteristics, descriptions of their habitat and adaptations to their environment. Students examine results of technology and explore careers in science, as well as scientific contributions from a diversity of cultures.

Social Studies 130

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In this course, students will learn that the local community serves as the focal point for third grade as students begin to understand how their community has changed over time and to make comparisons with communities in other places. The study of local history comes alive through the use of artifacts and documents. They also learn how communities are governed and how the local economy is organized.

Spanish 130

1 Semester: 18 Units
Required Course Materials

Students in Spanish 130 will be introduced to or reacquainted with skills in order to begin or resume communication in the target language. They will explore the understanding of pronunciation, vocabulary, simple sentence structure and ways to engage in daily conversation. Each unit will focus on a Spanish-speaking country and the student will learn about the history, culture, arts, sports, cuisine and holidays of that country. In addition, they will have the opportunity to view videos from Spanish-speaking countries and replicate cultural objects, in order to gain a greater understanding of the target language.

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