Lower School Academics - Third Grade


In third grade the students use the reading, writing, and math skills perfected in second grade to expand their knowledge.  Students read lessons from textbooks and are assessed according to their comprehension of the material.  In addition to readings from a literature anthology, outside reading is required and students test their reading comprehension skills through the use of the Accelerated Reader computer program.  Cursive and creative writing is practiced while learning parts of speech and paragraphing skills.  Science and social studies are enriched through experiments and projects.  Students keep a daily assignment book and are held responsible for doing nightly homework.  In addition, the curriculum is enriched with Bible, Spanish, art, music, physical education, and computer. The maximum class size is twenty-four and the teacher is assisted by a teacher’s aide. The students wear uniforms and attend from 8:15 to 3:15 each day.


Faith and Memory
* God’s Early Family
* Israel in the Wilderness
* The rise of a Nation
* David, A Man After God’s Own Heart
* A Nation Divided
* Exile & Home Again
* The Child Jesus
* The Teachings of Jesus
* Holy Week
* Resurrection & Ascension
* The Christian church Begins and Grows
* Ten Commandments
* The Lord’s Prayer
* Luther’s Evening Prayer
* Books of the Bible
* Psalm 95

Reading

* Vocabulary
* Reading Anthology
* Book Reports
* Accelerated Reader
* Novels: Because of Winn-Dixie, Sarah Plain and Tall, Trumpet of the Swan, * * Bound for Oregon
* Summer Reading Novel: Dear Whiskers

Language Arts
* Spelling
* Journals
* Organizational Skills
* Grammar Jingles
* Synonyms, Antonyms & Homonyms
* Possessives
* Helping Verbs
* Conjunctions & Interjections
* Personal Narrative
* Expository Paragraph
* Capitalization & Punctuation
* Friendly Letter & Business Letter
* Expository Paragraph
* Sentences Fragments, Simple Sentences &
* Compound Sentences

Math
* Addition & Subtraction Facts
* Place Value
* Number Sense
* Money
* Time
* Data & Graphs
* Understanding Multiplication
* Multiplication & Division Facts
* Fractions
* Decimals
* Probability

Science
* Plants & Animals
* Life Cycles
* Habitats
* Human Body
* The Moon
* The Earth and Its Resources
* Weather Watch

Social Studies
* Map Skills
* Native Americans
* Famous Americans
* Colonial Era
* Westward Movement

Art

* Contour Line & Line Variety
* Color Wheel & Color Value
* Paper Mache
* Landscapes
* Space
* Contour Drawing
* Self-Portraits
* Artist Appreciation

Music

* Beat
* Melody
* Rhythm
* Pitches
* Designs in Music
* Tone
* Folk Music
* Notes
* Meter

Field Trips, Special Events & Projects
* All About Me Class Book
* Native American Diorama
* Harvest Hoe-Down
* Grandparents’ Day
* Mannerly Meal
* Sensational Celebration
* Valentine Box Contest
* Field Day
* Outdoor Education
* Orienteering
* Kid Country
 

 

Curricula

Math…Harcourt. HSP/Think Math

Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Phonics, Spelling, & Grammar) Harcourt, StoryTown

Science…Houghton Mifflin/Concordia, Discovery Works Science

Social Studies…Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

Bible…Concordia, Voyages

Art…Arts Attack

Music…McGraw Hill