"I love Science! Science class allows us to see the hand of God in the wonderful design of our world but my favorite element of teaching 3rd grade is being able to talk and learn about God each day in Religion and share our faith in class, Mass and adoration."

~ Mrs. Rousseau

3rd Grade Curriculum

Language Arts and Writing

Third graders continue to strengthen fluency skills while reading for understanding and beginning to read for information in text. Students also:

  • Complete (monthly) book report projects

  • Have weekly spelling tests

  • Practice cursive handwriting

  • Learn conventions of speaking and writing the English language

  • Focus on grammar (parts of speech, sentence/paragraph structure)

 

Social Studies

Social studies instruction begins to explore how trade has fostered the growth of communities both past and present, how communities grow and change, Native Americans, and the US Government. Third graders practice map reading skills all year. Students spend time in the first months of school learning about a country and preparing for International Night.

 

Science

The science curriculum continues to be dynamic and engaging. Two major reports are written and presented. In third grade, students explore:

  • Living things

  • Matter

  • Energy and Motion

  • Earth and Space

 

Religion

Third graders continue to learn about elements of the Catholic faith such as the Trinity, the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, forms of prayer and the Rosary, the 10 Commandments and Marks of the Church. The Circle of Grace curriculum is taught to provide a holistic approach to the safety, well-being, and spiritual formation of children and youth. Third graders attend weekly Mass as well as Adoration  and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation once a month as a class.

 

Math

Students continue to work in the Sadlier Progress in Mathematics program and follow a Math Menu structure to explore:

  • The base ten place value system

  • Addition and subtraction of whole numbers through 20

  • Whole number operations

  • Making change up to $1.00

  • Rounding numbers

  • Multiplication facts

  • Fractions as part of a whole

  • Compare, add and subtract fractions with like denominators

  • Perimeter, area and volume

  • Right, acute and obtuse angles, lines, points, rays and segments

  • Identify standard and metric units of measurement and apply them to solve problems involving length, width and weight of objects

  • Read and interpret various graphs, charts and tables, line plots

  • Reading and recording data

  • Problem solving