Grade 3 Month 5 The Wonder of Expression
With the end goal of self-expression, students will define sentence types and begin to work with punctuation. They will work with vocabulary and spelling rules as well.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: Your child will learn about the secrets hidden withing the English language. They will work with poetry, story and games to uncover these secrets.
Concept: Using language in creative and playful ways helps us understand how language works.
Connection: Poetry and games will be the backdrop of the playful discovery of the secrets of language.
The English language is made up of three layers: the Alphabetic layer, the Pattern layer, and the Meaning layer. It takes a few years to work through and understand all the bits and pieces of each of these layers. We call many of these bits and pieces ‘phonics rules’. There are 33 phonics rules that DW brings to children over the span of Years 1 through 3. These years are also full of games and activities to work on decoding (matching letters to sounds – sounding out) and encoding (matching sounds to letters – spelling) as well as practice in ever expanding capacities for writing and reading. This month we’ll work on dissecting the English language in the Syllable Phase part of the DW literacy program. That tells you we are forging ahead into more and more complex phonics rules to support the mastery of reading and spelling. In Year three we are aiming the literacy program at the typical reader of third grade, a child who can sound out most words but is likely still working on spelling longer and longer words and is beginning to be able to write a pretty good paragraph. Your child may not be reading at this level, either not yet there or way ahead, and that’s ok. We will forge ahead and trust that you will determine if your child needs extra practice in a certain area or if they need extra challenges. We’ll be focused on phonics rules games and activities as well as defining the four sentence types and introducing the comma.