The Grade 3 Program consists of nine sequential modules (detailed descriptions of each module below). Each module follows the same basic structure—two or three sets, each set containing five sections of lessons. Mathematics is a separate program consisting of 30 papers.
For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s, and online activities are available.
Module 1—Let’s Visit the Rainforest
This module is designed in three parts or sets. Set 1 begins with a look at the temperate rainforest of British Columbia. Set 2 introduces your child to the tropical rainforest of South America. Set 3 provides your child with a quick look at other tropical rainforests of the world. Your child will learn about the location of the rainforests as well as the plants and animals that inhabit them. Your child will also learn about products that come from rainforests and find out what he or she can do to help protect the natural resources. Throughout the module, your child will work on a variety of language and mapping skills as well as reading, listening, and viewing information about the rainforest.
Module 2—All About Words
In this module your child will examine many forms of written language and have the opportunity to play with secret codes and languages. Your child will learn about cartoons and cartooning; ways people communicate using signs, illustrations, and interesting print forms; and read a mystery novel. Steps in conducting research are taught throughout the module, culminating in a short research report. A keyboarding program is begun in this module. In this and each succeeding module, your child will be expected to work on developing keyboarding skills.
Module 3—Magnetic Powers
This module will provide your child with the opportunity to handle and experiment with magnets as he or she makes predictions, conducts investigations, and forms conclusions. Your child will also learn about static electricity and find out how to make charged particles. Your child will apply what he or she has learned to plan, build, and test a magnetic vehicle. Language skill development is also an important part of the module.
Module 4—Did You Hear That?
In this module your child will learn about the sense of hearing, sound, and music. There are a variety of reading and writing activities, sound experiments, an opportunity to make musical instruments, and a research project. Those students who don’t already play a musical instrument will begin learning about music notation and how to play a recorder.
Module 5—Let’s Write Poetry
Shape, rhythm, descriptive language, and rhyme are all parts of poetry that help to paint vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. In Let’s Write Poetry, your child will have the opportunity to read and appreciate good poetry and then write his or her own poems. Your child will also learn about a variety of poetic devices and will be introduced to the parts of speech: adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Formal spelling, handwriting, and keyboarding lessons continue throughout the module and your child will also continue to work on recorder lessons.
Module 6—Across the Water
This module provides your child with an opportunity to enjoy the literature of two Pacific Rim neighbours, China and Japan. Your child will be given the opportunity to choose one
of these countries and learn about its geography, traditions, culture, arts and crafts, and even taste some of its foods. If your child has access to a computer, much of the information will be provided electronically. If your child does not have access to a computer, he or she will need to look for information in books from a local library or from another source such as family books or members. Writing a friendly letter using a formal format and a folk tale are two of the varied writing activities found in the module.
Module 7—Oh Canada!
Your child begins this module by exploring his or her own community and finding out about other communities in British Columbia. Your child will learn about our history and heritage before moving on to the study of Canada’s regions, provinces, and symbols such as the maple leaf and the Canadian flag. This module will have three sets of lessons and activities so that your child will have ample opportunity to learn about our province and our country.
Module 8—Novel Study—Hang in There Oscar Martin!
The short novel is about Oscar Martin, a reporter for a school newspaper. In this module your child will read the novel and produce his or her own newspaper. The novel consists of five short chapters and a variety of illustrations. The newspaper project will give your child an opportunity to write articles, want ads, headlines, and perhaps even an advice column.
Module 9—Out in Space
For centuries people looked at the sky and wondered what was out there. In this module, your child will take a look at the solar system and learn about gravity. Then your child will learn about space travel and living in space. There are a variety of hands-on activities where your child will learn how to make a balloon rocket, measure moon strength, and even decode a binary message.
Grade 3 Mathematics
This course consists of three blocks. Each block contains 10 papers which will take about 5 days each to complete. Students send in assignments when a paper is complete.