Philosophy in Beaver Creek is that all children have a right to learn
and achieve to their highest potential. As a team, we help children to
become the best they can be. We strive to create a collaborative
learning atmosphere that brings students together
to take responsibility for their own learning.
Reading and Writing
Reading encompasses both literature-based anthologies, news magazines,
and novels. A great deal of emphasis is on writing, narrative as well as
expository. We expect students to become more independent in their
reading choices at home and check their comprehension
at school to support the school's Hot Rod program. We work with the
6-Trait, Wordly Wise, and Step Up to Writing programs. Vocabulary is a
big emphasis in both oral and written language and is practiced through
our news notes program.
We ability group for spelling to meet the needs of all students.
Students focus intensively on the four critical areas specified by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grade Three:
- Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100
- Developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1)
- Developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area
- Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes
The first unit reviews and extends work with addition and subtraction as students review facts, look for patterns, and work with larger numbers. Unit 2 transitions to multiplication by having students use a variety of rich contexts (arrays of stamps, groups of windows, and a coral reef) to develop and refine multiplication strategies and models. Unit 3 returns to addition and subtraction, this time focusing on strategies for computing with larger numbers.
In Units 4 and 5, students explore measurement, fractions, division, and multiplication of larger numbers. They estimate and make measurements in different units; explore unit fractions and equivalent fractions, and begin adding and subtracting fractions; they connect multiplication to division and extend multiplication strategies to larger numbers. Their work with multiplication develops a strong understanding of area.
Unit 6 focuses on geometry, as students investigate, draw, and build two-dimensional shapes, using their properties to classify and analyze these shapes. They also connect geometry to fractions as they express the area of a shape as a unit fraction of the whole. Unit 7 brings together and extends many of the skills and concepts addressed in earlier units as students solve challenging problems that involve calculating with multi-digit numbers. They explore algorithms for addition and subtraction and dig deeper into division. Students develop strategies and models for division, many of which are based on their work with multiplication.
Unit 8 integrates mathematics and science, with a primary focus on designing and building model bridges. Students test the strength of their model bridges in systematic ways to collect data. Then they graph and analyze the data, finding the range and mean, to make conjectures and draw conclusions about effective bridge design and construction.
Social Studies and Science
The social studies units include cities, Native American Indians,
current events, map/globe skills. Europe and Australia are the
continents covered. Science curriculum includes Matter, Force, and
Energy, Natural Resources, and Earth, Moon, and Sun. Along with
this we will also be instructing using FOSS Science.