Third Grade

Weekly Third Grade Newsletter


Third Grade Curriculum Overview


Bible –  Purposeful Design (ACSI 2011)

  • Study life of Christ, the book of Acts, missions, and the early church
  • Memorize Scripture passages
  • Study the structure and purpose of the Bible
  • Application of Christian character traits
  • Importance and impact of foreign missions
  • Salvation Prayer

Reading/Language Arts – Reading Street (Scott Foresman/Pearson 2007)

  • Oral Reading Identify cause & effect
  • Interpret prefixes and suffixes
  • Identify fantasy, science fiction, and other genres
  • Dramatize stories in sequential order
  • Read and create poetry, non-fiction
  • Using a dictionary to verify spelling & extend meanings
  • Using reading to make decisions and solve problems
  • Develop questioning strategies for extending meaning
  • Present oral reports with or without notes
  • Draw conclusions from text

Writing – Shurley English (Shurley Instructional Series 2000) Handwriting (Zaner Bloser 2012)

  • Use webbing, clustering, listing for prewriting
  • Use revising strategies
  • Correct spelling in context
  • Using adjectives and adverbs for clarity
  • Application of quotation marks in writing dialogue
  • Develop writing with a beginning, middle and end
  • Use peer conferencing for editing and revision
  • Using subject/verb agreement in context
  • Commas in a series

Math – Mathematics (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012)

  • Addition and subtraction within 1,000
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Multiplication, division and strategies for each within 100
  • Fraction and unit fractions and comparing fractions
  • Time, length, liquid volume and mass
  • Perimeter and area
  • Two-dimensional shapes

Science – Science (Houghton Mifflin 2007)

  • Conduct experiments with control and variable groups
  • Uses of technology in our lives and environment
  • Interpreting data in pictures, charts, diagrams, tables, graphs
  • Describe a particular life cycle
  • Interpret data from experiments
  • Use scientific method for problem solving
  • Estimate and measure volume in metric and standard
  • Identify how living things function in their environment
  • Producers and consumers in the food chain
  • Group animals by traits
  • Examine the Earlth’s surface
  • Recognize matter, mixtures and how they change
  • Discover energy forms, force and change
  • Explore careers in astronomy, biology and physics

Social Studies – Our Communities (Macmillan-McGraw Hill 2003)

  • Study detailed topography of a map of the United States
  • Compare/contrast traditions of various cultures
  • Prime Meridian, Equator, Hemispheres, Poles
  • Use map scale and symbols to determine distances
  • Roles of the three branches of government
  • French Revolution
  • Westward expansion of the United States
  • Culture and contributions of Native Americans
  • Map skills to identify cities, countries, coastlines, & borders
  • Create and interpret timelines, graphs, diagrams, charts, tables
  • Introduce events of civil war


  • Steady beat, strong beat
  • Identify and perform rhythm patters
  • Harmony, counter-melodies, descants
  • Vocal and Instrumental Tone Color
  • Meter
  • Melodic patterns and phrases
  • First and 2nd endings
  • Tempo effects, dynamics, style
  • Note and rest values Contour of melody
  • AB, ABA, Rondo, Rounds in forms
  • Performing choir optional

Physical Education – Dynamic Physical Education for School Children (Allyn & Bacon 1995)

  • Low organized games
  • Lead-up games to team sports
  • Line and circle folk dance rhythms
  • Individual and partner rope jumping
  • Relay activities
  • Physical fitness activities and testing
  • Stunts and tumbling skills
  • Playground games
  • Rules and safety instruction
  • Biblical perspective development


  • Clay techniques (pinch, coil & slab)
  • Modeling Complementary colors
  • Drawing from life Color wheel facts
  • Weaving skills Watercolor techniques
  • Drawing with colored pencil, markers charcoal
  • Movement & direction in art composition
  • Color value and contrast
  • Creativity with yarn and fabrics
  • Learn to evaluate own work


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  • The Third Grade uses Global Academics curriculum to produce a cross curricular project each quarter.


  • Once weekly