Belington Elementary third grade has a basic skills curriculum consisting of: Reading, Writing, Math, Spelling, Language, and Handwriting. Social Studies and Science topics are taught along with the reading curriculum.
The classes are taught as self-contained for the most part. However, the classes come together for some special projects throughout the year. In December, our classes did a study of the story, Babes in Toyland and we attended a live stage production of this story on the campus of Davis and Elkins College. In the spring, the third grade classes studied about the life of pioneers in Appalachia in the late 18th century. In May, the classes traveled to Prickett's Fort in Marion County. Here, the students had the opportunity to experience what life might have been like during this era by hearing "costumed" artisans tell about their craft.
Each year, the classes celebrate the end of the school year by having an "Everyone's Birthday Party." This party includes all the usual birthday fun of ice cream, games, balloons, and even presents. It gives us a chance to celebrate our successes of the year as well as each person's birthday.