Third grade students read and write more independently than in previous grade levels. Students spend time engaged in their own reading and writing as well as in assigned tasks and projects. Students learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Students begin to distinguish fact from opinion, as well as to learn to support their inferences by citing portions of text. Students read from a variety of genres including realistic and informative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Classroom discussion enables students to develop oral skills.
Students write with more proficient spelling as they are instructed in spelling techniques. Continued development of skills in syntax and grammar including word usage, capitalization, and punctuation is emphasized as students write in longer sentences and organize their writing into longer passages. Students master manuscript writing and begin to use cursive writing in the production of writing samples and drafts which have been edited and finalized according to grammatical rules.
Students use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as generalizations connected to concrete experiences. Students are introduced to fractions and decimals. Students use visual mathematics, such as graphs and charts, to develop mathematical understanding. Students learn the correct formal language used to communicate shapes and solids, make predictions, estimate and compare, and solve application problems. Students are equipped with skills necessary to evaluate data and make predictions and decisions to solve mathematical problems.
The religion curriculum is designed to help students learn the concepts of faith. Topics of instruction include Law and Gospel, confession and repentance, forgiveness and grace, while emphasizing the actions of God on behalf of His people. Lessons reflect the need for the Law, which shows us our sins, and the Gospel, which leads us to God’s grace. Students are encouraged to live in Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Students worship during weekly Chapel services and participate in regular service projects.
Students learn use of the scientific method in a variety of content areas. Students explore systems, physics, forces that cause change, matter, ecosystems, natural resources, layers of the earth, air, and astronomy. Students use tools, technology, and visual resources to accomplish the objectives of this curriculum.
Students build a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, society, and social studies skills through a variety of rich resources. Students expand their knowledge through the identification and study of people who make a difference.
Spanish offers a comprehensive review of previously-learned Spanish language. Students continue to develop grammar skills including the use of adjectives, prepositions, and simple command words and phrases. Students continue to build school vocabulary and numbers (0-40). They learn new vocabulary in categories including birds and animals of the woods/prairie, health-related concepts, household words, and seasonal cultural celebrations.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movements that provide the foundation for enjoyment, social development, and a physically active lifestyle. Students continue to develop strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students demonstrate more mature movement forms, learn age-specific skills, and the health benefits of physical activity. Students begin to learn game strategies, rules, and etiquette.
The goal of the art program is to teach every child to express him/herself through art. The first half of the year emphasizes understanding art elements (line, color, space, balance, etc.) and the development of drawing skills and painting techniques. During the second half of the year, students explore a number of media.
Students continue to develop musical skills through proper singing technique and rhythmic accuracy. Students often use instruments to reinforce fine motor skills in conjunction with beat and rhythm. Proper singing technique is emphasized as well as music literacy and expressive elements to music through song, games, dance, traditional sheet music and other activities. Students participate in two performances a year: a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Classes meet two times per week for thirty minutes.
Students review the five major parts of the computer, review care of software and hardware, and proper terminology. Students are introduced to keyboarding and begin word processing incorporating graphics into their work. Students continue using the web under the guidance of the teacher.