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General Studies

Third grade is a very important year.  It marks the end of primary school and the beginning of Upper Elementary,  You will see marked changes in your student spanning all areas of development, including physical, cognitive, and social-emotional.  In third grade, students progress from practicing basic skills to mastering them, and they quickly move on to develop more complex skills. They are fluent and savvy readers, creative writers, clever and systematic mathematicians, and more thoughtful critical thinkers.  They are also becoming much more independent and responsible in the classroom. This year your student will become partners with the teachers to take responsibility for themselves as learners. They will also begin incorporating technology much more fluidly and fluently.

     

    Our Third Graders:

    • Work cooperatively and productively with other children in small groups to complete projects

    • Understand how choices affect consequences

    • Become more organized and logical in her thinking processes

    • Build stronger friendships

    • Be helpful, cheerful, and pleasant as well as rude, bossy, selfish, and impatient

    • Be more influenced by peer pressure because friends are very important at this stage

    • Like immediate rewards for behavior

    • Be able to copy from a chalkboard

    • Be able to write neatly in cursive because the small muscles of the hand have developed

    • Read longer stories and chapter books with expression and comprehension

    • Use prefixes, suffixes, and root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words

    • Multiply single- and multi-digit numbers

    • Divide multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers

    • Tell time to the half-hour and quarter-hour and to five minutes and one minute

Third grade reading skills are getting stronger by the day. They are learning to go deeper into the meaning of what they read and they are tackling new and challenging books, poetry, articles, and even online research with less assistance from adults. There is thoughtful consideration and critical review of the texts that they read. Click here to learn more about key 3rd grade reading skills. 

Judaic Studies

TORAH

The Study of formal Torah /Chumash text learning is a main subject in our Judaic class. Emphasis is made on students gaining a clear understanding of the fascinating narratives of Parshat (Section).

Students will continue to build their Torah vocabulary base of high frequency words, prefixes, and suffixes and most common root words. Our aim is for our students to become independent Torah scholars.

Volume two of the Loshon Hatorah skill builder series is introduced in this grade level, to ensure reinforcement and mastery of these important skills. As important as the textual knowledge, is the moral and ethical values, as well as the personal association and relevancy that extend from this learning. Instruction is done in variety of ways including: teacher led instruction, group level differentiated instruction, and independent discovery learning.

KERIAH—READING

Every day, a period is allotted to reinforcing the fluency and accuracy of Hebrew reading. Reading practice is conducted with partners, in small group and full class settings, to ensure that reading sessions are simulating, engaging  and fun.

WEEKLY PARSHA

The weekly Torah reading/Parsha  comes alive and becomes very relevant, as our students learn the main Parsha themes of the week.

TEFILLAH/PRAYER

Students broaden their knowledge and fluency of the traditional daily prayers from a Siddur (prayerbook), as well as gain an appreciation for the meaning of the prayers they are reciting.

Our goal is for our students to be familiar and at home with the Jewish prayers in every prayer setting.

Power of Prayer” is a very beautiful scrapbooking project, exclusive to the Hebrew Academy, which follows our students from 3rd to 5th grade. Power of prayer is a fun and exciting way of giving our students an in depth look at meaning of the prayers beyond the literal translation of the words.  With Power of Prayer, our students have an opportunity, in art form, to express what the prayers mean on a personal level.

YAHADUS—JEWISH TRADITIONS AND CULTURE

Our Jewish  Holidays, traditions and culture come alive with energy and  spirit ,as our students  see , hear  and feel first  hand from their Rabbis and Morahs, who are living examples of  Judaism at its finest.

Students of the Hebrew Academy receive a complete and comprehensive awareness and  full understanding of Judaic culture and the timeless messages that are as  relevant  today as ever before. Hebrew Academy Students will learn and know the traditions and how to participate in Jewish rituals, ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!

IVRIT/HEBREW LANGUAGE

The acquisition of conversational modern Hebrew is a main theme at the Hebrew Academy. Our aim is for our students to develop a love for the land and people of Israel thru the use of the Hebrew language. In Ivrit, students develop their Hebrew oral skills. As they advance in their knowledge and  accuracy of Hebrew, they become confident in their communication abilities. Lessons are based and built around  our recently adopted Hamikrah Migdal Ohr workbook series. Pages are beautifully decorated, engaging and stimulating.

In 3rd grade, the emphasis is on simple sentence structure related to personal life, and relationship building. Strong Jewish values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit curriculum.