Third Grade

Reading

Third grade reading incorporates novels to build fluency and comprehension through literary analysis (characters, problems/solutions, setting, conflict, theme, author's purpose, genre, and point of view).

Novels:  A Birthday for Frances, The Sword in the Tree, Stone Fox, All-Of-A-Kind-Family, Henry and Ribsy, Indian in the Cupboard, The Hundred Dresses, The Boxcar Children, Stuart Little, and Little House in the Big Woods.

Resources:  Teaching the Classics, Accelerated Reader

 

Language

Students engage in the writing process by identifying parts of a sentence, classifying parts of speech, and applying the rules of capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.  Composition skills focus on the 3-paragraph expository essay.  Students receive cursive writing instruction and daily spelling lessons based on words third-graders frequently use in their writing. 

Resources:  Shurley English, Handwriting without Tears

 

Math

Using a program that emphasizes incremental development and continual practice and review, students go through a cyclical study of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, telling time, money, logic, and word problems.  Students achieve fluency with addition and subtraction facts and systematically begin memorizing multiplication and division facts.

Resource: Saxon Math

 

Bible

Using twenty biblical truths as a framework, our Bible curriculum incorporates both worldview and Bible survey instruction, integrating the two and laying the foundation for future worldview development.  Third grade focuses on biblical truths related to image-bearing, along with Bible survey topics from 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings.

Resource:  Summit Ministries

 

Science

Using a hands-on learning approach, students explore the following topics:  air, circulatory and digestive systems, sound, light, magnets, matter, and powders and crystals.

Resources: Delta Science, Core Knowledge

 

History

Taught in a story format, third grade history proceeds chronologically through world history:  the earliest people, early civilizations, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome.

Resources: Story of the World, Core Knowledge

 

Memorization

Students memorize Bible verses, Catechism questions, and poetry selections.

 

Recess and Specials

Students have PE three times each week, recess and Library two times each week, and Art and Music once a week.

 

Events

Florida Aquarium - "Sleep with the Fish" overnight trip

Recycling field trip to Hunter Springs Park