Using our textbook, Spirit of Truth: The Kingdom of God and the Church (Sophia Institute Press, 2017), as well as frequent liturgical and devotional experiences such as participation in Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, the third grade students strive to:
The Diocesan mathematics standards for third grade focus on:
The use of correct mathematical vocabulary within these areas of emphasis is important and stressed.
The textbook used for third grade math is Go Math! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), supplemented with Simple Solutions (Bright Ideas Press, 2014) to establish a regular cycle of material review and practice, which helps students refine and strengthen mental connections between mathematical concepts.
The third grade language arts curriculum uses materials published by Houghton Mifflin, novel studies, and nonfiction texts published by National Geographic.Our grammar and writing work is supplemented with exercises from Voyages in English (Loyola Press, 2011.)Spelling and word work follows the strategies of Words Their Way (Pearson, 2015.)
Reading—Using various strategies and skills development methods, the third grade students:
Writing—Building on their language skills and being informed by their reading, the third grade students:
Speaking and Listening—Realizing that the spoken word is also critical to development of fluency in all forms of language arts, the third grade students:
Throughout third grade, students study the following areas of science:
We experience the beauty of science by building models, observing experiments, and understanding the different properties found in God's universe.
Textbook and online resources entitled Inspire Science (McGraw Hill, 2017) are used.
In the third grade Social Studies curriculum, emphasis is placed on the study of communities:communities around us, communities and geography, communities over time, citizens and government, people in communities, and working in communities.We also focus on the identification and development of citizenship skills, map and globe skills, chart and graph skills, and critical thinking skills.Our studies are guided by the Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt textbook, Our Communities, and enriched with various Internet-based resources and maps.
Holy Trinity Catholic School
108 South Linden Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559