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:

  • know and understand the basic teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • recognize that the Apostles’ Creed reveals the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • understand the life of Jesus as revealed through Sacred Scripture;
  • know and appreciate the importance of the liturgy and of the Sacraments in the life of Catholics;
  • understand and appreciate that through Baptism we are called to a life of Christ; and
  • recognize and engage in personal and communal Catholic forms of prayer, of scripture study, and of other experiences that deepen one’s spiritual life.

The Diocesan mathematics standards for third grade focus on:

  • developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication within 100;
  • developing understanding of fractions;
  • developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and
  • describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.

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.

Language Arts

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:

  • ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text;
  • describe characters in a story;
  • determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text;
  • compare and contrast the themes, settings and plots of stories;
  • read and comprehend different types of grade-appropriate literature and informational texts;
  • know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills; and
  • read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Writing—Building on their language skills and being informed by their reading, the third grade students:

  • write opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives;
  • with guidance and support, use technology to produce and publish writing; and
  • conduct short research projects.

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:

  • engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions;
  • ask and answer questions about information from a speaker; and
  • report on a topic or text.

Throughout third grade, students study the following areas of science:

  • Life science-life cycles and inherited traits, dinosaurs,
  • Earth science-how the earth was formed, and
  • Physical science-materials and their properties.

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.

Social Studies

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.

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