Third Grade is a transitional year bridging the primary and intermediate grades in elementary school. It would be difficult to list everything that will be taught during the year, but this guide will provide an overview of some of the most significant aspects of our third grade curriculum. Our curriculum is established by the Diocese of Savannah. Along with our academic goals, we focus on fostering independence, self-directed study, problem-solving skills, and good organizational habits.
Our language arts curriculum provides skills instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students are encouraged to apply knowledge of word families and phonics to read and spell unknown and multi-syllabic words. Our emphasis on reading for meaning has the ultimate goal of developing life-long literacy in our students. Reading fluency and comprehension skills are strengthened through practice with a wide variety of literature. The core of our program is the Journey’s Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Program. We also enrich this program with poetry study and additional selections from quality children’s literature. Students read cooperatively, independently, and with guidance. They respond to literature by making connections to their own knowledge and experiences, by answering comprehension questions and by producing artwork and writings that reflect understanding of a text. Third graders also develop their writing skills by focusing on the writing process and studying the techniques and style of published authors. Journeys is our primary Practice Workbook. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are addressed daily in mini-lessons, writing assignments and through the Harcourt series.
The third grade math program develops skills in math vocabulary, computation, data display, and logic and reasoning.
Third graders expand their knowledge in:
- place, value, and rounding
- multi-digit addition and subtraction facts
- multiplication and division
- collecting, recording and displaying data
- measurement, time, and money
We begin the year developing map skills by reading and creating maps, using scale, locating map features, and describing physical and human attributes of maps. Our social studies include strands in economics, culture, history, geography, social systems and government. Our text is supplemented by a weekly Scholastic News subscription.
Our science curriculum includes elements from physical science, earth science, and life science. Our excellent textbook series Science Fusion by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt incorporates many opportunities for hands-on exploration and experimentation. Some exciting elements of our Science Fusion series are virtual labs and a student e-book that is easily accessed online. Scientific skills such as predicting, measuring, observing, and data recording are developed.
We will explore:
- The cycles of change in living things
- Habitats and Adaptations
- Rocks and Minerals
- The Scientific Method
- Heat and Energy
In religion, third graders continue to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Church’s doctrine and practices. We say a decade of the Rosary every day and examine the events associated with the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries. Students participate in daily devotional prayers and are encouraged to increase their own prayer life. Our textbook entitled Blest Are We stresses the concept of discipleship and Christian community.