Lower School

Third Grade

Third graders at All Saints eagerly come to school each day ready to discover and learn. They are able to understand and analyze information using their reasoning abilities, creativity, and independent thinking. It is a critical transition year that is truly a year of firsts. 
 
It is an exciting time when children move from learning to read, to reading to learn. Proficiency in reading is paramount with our differentiated and comprehensive reading and literature programs. Our writing program is thoroughly integrated throughout our curriculum with 6 + 1 Writing Traits highlighted. For many students, it is the first time they are able to use advanced writing skills.
 
For most students, third grade is not only a time to master previously introduced math facts, but to learn and discover new mathematical concepts such as multiplication and division. Our science program offers students the opportunity to explore our natural world with hands-on science experiments as their first introduction to the scientific method.
 
Each year the entire All Saints community looks forward to third grade’s Ohlone Indian Village Open House. Each student researches and creates a project inspired by the Ohlone, like dioramas of an Ohlone village, baked goods, paintings, and more; a project that reinforces our yearlong exploration of the Monterey Peninsula’s rich history.

Core Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Language Arts

    In third grade, All Saints students learn to be lively and attentive readers and effective and articulate writers. Our language arts program is designed to foster a love of literacy and literature while giving each student the tools they need to succeed. Our differentiated program helps students focus on key strategies that lead to improved comprehension and fluency.
     
    Monthly Book Share projects introduce a new literary genre to students each month. After reading a book, students will create a project and present their work at the end of the month with an oral presentation.
     
    Students conduct in-depth literature studies, which focus on plot, character development, vocabulary, and the voice of each author.  Our comprehensive reading program promotes vocabulary development, reading fluency, and grammar skills in a differentiated learning environment. Spelling is taught through the reinforcement of spelling rules using phonics, reading, and writing.
     
    Students are taught writing using the 6 + 1 Writing Traits program, which teaches writing conventions using a research-based model of teaching and assessing writing.
  • Math

    The third grade year begins with concepts of place value which are essential to many of the lessons that follow. Mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers is a goal of third grade math. Students take weekly timed tests on the addition and subtraction facts and focus on multiplication and division for the rest of the year. Elapsed time and using customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight are part of the measurement study. Students learn plane and solid figures, angles, lines and rays, area, perimeter, and volume during geometry. Fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals are studied. Graphing, problem solving, and working with algebraic concepts are woven throughout each unit of the third grade text.
  • Science

    Third grade utilizes the Amplify curriculum. 
    Third graders begin the year exploring forces. In the Balancing Forces unit, students work to investigate and then explain how inventions such as a floating train and hoverboard seem to defy logic. The students create physical models, diagram models, and write scientific explanations detailing how the floating train works. The third graders end the unit with the creation of marble runs. 
    The students then become meteorologists as they work for a fictional Wildlife Protection Organization to discover the best location for an orangutan preserve in Borneo. They analyze how scientists follow weather patterns over space and time as they collect, analyze, and represent weather data. They then use their own patterns found on three fictional islands to determine the best placement of the orangutan preserve. At the end of the unit, the students create their own hurricane houses and see if their construction can withstand hurricane-force winds.  
    Finally, the students become wildlife biologists as they study how organisms get their traits. Third graders are left with the task of determining how fictional Wolf 44- who is different from the rest of his pack, got its traits. They explore similarities and differences in the traits of two different wolf packs to draw a conclusion.
     
    The third graders also enjoy exploring our All Saints garden. Students examine different kinds of seeds from fruits and vegetables, plant seeds, and carefully observe and record the plants as they grow.

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is an important part of the All Saints’ curriculum. Of the twenty fastest growing career fields in the United States, fifteen of them require a STEM education. It is widely recognized that the United States needs to do a better job of preparing its students to be able to integrate skills and knowledge in these four fields, not only to prepare those who will end up working in a STEM-related career, but to prepare all of its students to grow into informed citizens, able to make wise decisions on the many public issues involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
     
    All Saints math, science, and technology teachers work together to insure that, at all grade levels, All Saints students “do STEM.” Presented with a problem to solve, students brainstorm in small groups, using their science, math, and technology skills, to design and engineer a solution to the problem. They test their design, and, if necessary, re-engineer it before presenting their solution to their classmates. Among the many STEM design challenges students undertake are roller coasters, spirometers to measure lung capacity, cardboard furniture to hold classmates, rain gauges, bird feeders, electrical circuits, bridges, and oil spill cleanup systems. In addition to the design challenges, students routinely integrate their math and technology skills into their regular science lessons.
     
    STEM education is not only fun for students, but it also teaches them the importance and value of creativity, collaboration, flexibility, and communication, important traits for 21st century citizens.
  • World Languages

    Class instruction is held in Spanish. The focus in lower grades is placed on developing oral communication and conversation skills.  Songs, stories, games, poems, and props are used to encourage children to participate actively in speaking the language. T.P.R. (Total Physical Response) Storytelling, a method that permits immediate comprehension of the input as students listen to and mimic the phrases in the target language, is used in grades 1 - 5.  Students enact dialogues and readings, focus on conversational skills and expand their knowledge of Hispanic or Francophone countries through poetry, songs, and readings.

    In third grade Spanish, students delve into the world of feelings, clothing, family, fruits, and vegetables. The fruit and vegetable unit results in a scavenger hunt in our very own organic garden where students put their language skills to the test. The third graders ultimately venture on a field trip to a local farm stand where they purchase produce using a dialogue they have learned entirely in French or Spanish.
     
     
  • Social Studies

    The primary goal of the third grade social studies is to gain an understanding of the culture, lifestyle, and traditions of those who first inhabited the Monterey Peninsula. These studies emphasize the geography and rich environmental resources of this region of California and encompass a demonstration of how cultures change over time. The class studies the Ohlone Indians, a tribe of Native Americans who prospered in this area for over a thousand years. Native American studies conclude with a project in which each child builds a miniature Ohlone village. The villages are shared in the annual “Ohlone Village Open House.” Students then study the early explorers of Monterey County and its history. Emphasis is placed upon the cultural changes these individuals brought to the area and their influence on the Native Americans living on the Monterey Peninsula.

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Sara Brown

    Sara Brown 

    Assistant Head of School
  • Photo of Linda Paul

    Linda Paul 

    3rd Grade Teacher, Learning Support
  • Photo of Larissa Lostrom

    Larissa Lostrom 

    3rd Grade Teacher, Character Ed Teacher K-5
  • Photo of Don Balch

    Don Balch 

    3-5 P.E. Teacher, 5th Grade Support, Athletics Coach
  • Photo of Shervin Mader

    Shervin Mader 

    Lower Grade Spanish Teacher, Upper Grade Latin Studies Teacher

All Saints Day School

8060 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-9171
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All Saints Day School, in Carmel, CA, is the only independent, private school on the Monterey Peninsula that focuses solely on educating students in Preschool through Grade 8, and has been doing so, with a reputation for excellence, since 1961.

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