- Be respectful to one another
- Raise your hand
- Wait your turn to speak
- Be Prepared each day
Third Grade Curriculum
Third graders will learn through stories, activities, Scripture, prayer, discussion and reflection about their Catholic faith. Catholic values are discussed and integrated not only in Religion, but in all learning. The focus is on:
- God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
- Planning & assisting in liturgy and other forms of worship
- The sacraments
- Liturgical seasons
- Lives of saints
- Church as community
The Language Arts Program includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of literature. The components of the program emphasize the development of those skills that allow students to read with fluency, comprehend and interpret written materials, communicate well and listen and speak effectively. The skills acquired and understood are applied and reinforced in all content areas. The textbook used for reading is Houghton Mifflin.
Children will experience authentic literature in the form of poetry, folktales, nonfiction, fiction, biographies, fantasies and plays. Reading fluency will develop and improve as students are presented with the following skills:
- Using phonetic and structural analysis
- Using word identification strategies
- Developing vocabulary
- Understanding character, setting
- Drawing conclusions
- Making predictions
- Sequencing events of a story
- Distinguishing fact from fantasy
- Using graphic organizers
- Self-appraising and self-correcting while reading
Third grade students use writing to convey meaning.
- Write legibly using cursive
- Write multiple sequential sentences on a given topic
- Apply spelling knowledge
- Apply grammar and mechanics
- Parts of speech
- Simple tenses
- Use the writing process including pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and final draft
- Write in multiple forms
- Guided writing
- Friendly letters
- Descriptive paragraphs
- Narrative stories
- Book reviews
Third grade students will listen for understanding, follow directions and respond appropriately to the speaker. Students will use acquired language and vocabulary to express opinions.
- Present material orally
- Participate in small & large group discussion
- Demonstrate listening skills by asking questions, paraphrasing and restating
TECHNOLOGY & REFERENCE SKILLS
Third grade students will study, retain and use information from a variety of sources.
- Use reference materials both print and and electronic
- Locate biographies and fiction
- Combine text, clip art to create a product
- Understand & develop a basic database
- Identify usefulness of technology
Third grade students acquire a knowledge of mathematics and the ability to apply math skills to solve problems through the use of the textbook, extended activities, and hands on experiences.
- Identify place value in four digit numbers
- Use number line
- Add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers
- Solve multiple step word problems
- Chart, compare and graph data
- Know multiplication and division facts
- Recognize fractional units
- Measure and compare units of length capacity and weight
- Identify patterns, using fact families
- Graph and explain data
- Identify, classify, compare and describe characteristics of shapes
Students use concrete, hands-on experiences to understand science in the physical and natural world around them. They learn through observing, predicting, questioning and explaining.
- Collect & chart data
- Describe simple life cycles of plants, animals
- Recognize relationship of living things and their environment
- Identify physical properties of matter
- Identify cycles and motions of the solar system
- Identify importance of science
Third grade students develop an awareness of the world around them and how people affect their environment.
The focus will be:
- Communities and the need for government
- Geography/map skills
- Appreciation of cultural differences
- Meeting needs through goods and services
In third grade, students learn and explore factors that affect a healthy lifestyle.
Students will participate in:
- Personal fitness activities
- Develop and demonstrate gross motor skills
- Follow more complex sequences and movement in games and dance
- Participate in cooperative group games
In third grade, students will have the opportunity to express themselves in various art forms.
- Communicate through art using a variety of media and tools
- Appreciate various art works
- Learn how art reflects and shapes society and life.
In third grade, students will have the opportunity to participate in music activities and to develop an appreciation for music.
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