Third Grade Curriculum

Language Arts
Students receive instruction through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of two novels to improve their vocabulary and comprehension and to develop a life long interest in reading. They receive instruction and practice in the use of the major skills basic to the language arts: grammar, mechanics and usage, composition, vocabulary, study skills, sentence combination, and language and reasoning. Through a variety of interesting activities, students work on weekly spelling lists. Students also incorporate spelling with vocabulary development, grammar, dictionary skills, and creative writing. Students receive instruction and practice in cursive writing, including an emphasis upon legibility, neatness, and correct letter formation. Every class visits the library for 30 minutes weekly to give the students the opportunity to select and read books for enjoyment as well find resources for class assignments and activities.

Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also work in the areas of measurement, place value, time, money, graphing, basic geometry, fractions, and decimals.

Students use a variety of methods to explore the wonder of God’s creation. They read, discuss, and investigate scientific process, life science, earth science, and physical science.

Social Studies
The social studies program initiates the student’s first study of the American land, its early people and their culture, and how the land is changing. The curriculum also includes a study into the history of the local community.

Students study the life of Christ, the early Church, and missions from the time of Paul until now. As students are personally guided through the Gospels, they learn and apply principles from the messages, parables, miracles, and life events of Jesus. Moving into Acts, students see the building of God’s church as the Gospel spreads through the missionary journeys of Paul. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God’s Word.

Students complete projects that challenge them to research facts, collect images, name, store, manage files, and create multimedia presentations. Students work with a variety of computer applications including PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs, and a web-based keyboarding program.