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Third Grade

Our Third Grade Curriculum is as follows:

Religion
The major focus in Third Grade Religion is the study of faith, which is the trust and belief in God.  The students will explore how that faith is expressed in the Apostles' Creed.  Students will also learn about God's Revelation and the redemptive acts of Jesus.  We will look closer at the mysteries of the Rosary and have an opportunity to make rosaries for those students making the First Eucharist and Confirmation.   
Text:  Loyola Press, Christ Our Life, 2016

Handwriting
Students will learn cursive basic strokes, letters, joining and numerals.
Text:  Universal Publishing, Writing Our Catholic Faith Handwriting, 2016

Social Studies
In Third Grade, students will explore how communities are formed through cultural, geographic, political and economic connections.  They will learn how diversity is expressed through culture and how that contributes to American life.  Students will also learn the importance of being a good citizen and making a contribution to their community.
Text:  Harcourt School Publishers, Our Communities 

Language Arts
The language arts curriculum incorporates grammar, correct usage, mechanics, dictionary and library skills, and writing.  Speaking and listening skills are also taught.  The writing curriculum covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing.  Vocabulary is taught by multiple exposures, writing exercises, vocabulary building strategies and word relationships and meanings.  
Text: Sadlier, Grammar Workshop, 2013; Sadlier, Vocabulary Workshop, 2011; Zane-Bloser, Strategies for Writers, 2015

Spelling
The spelling program is built around lists that teach patterns, build vocabulary and develop skills students need to become more proficient spellers.
Text:  Zane-Bloser, Spelling Connections, 2016

Phonics
The phonic program focuses on consonant and consonant variants, long and short vowels, digraphs and diphthongs, syllables, contractions and word endings, as well as prefixes and suffixes.  Students will also become familiar with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms and dictionary skills.
Text:  Sadlier, Phonics Level C

Reading
Students will read a variety of children's literature in the basal reader.  We will also read several chapter books throughout the year.
Text:  McGraw-Hill

Science
The Third Grade science curriculum will focus on science and literacy integration, real-world problem solving and STEM careers, while preparing the students to think critically and design solution problems in their world.  Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts learned in the handbook.
Text:  McGraw Hill, InspireScience Science Handbook, 201; McGraw Hill, InspireScience Science Be a Scientist Notebook, 2017

Math
Sadlier Math provides the rigor and student engagement that students need to be successful. This approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the state standards and mathematical practices.  Critical thinking activities connect learning to real world problem solving.

The curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Understanding Multiplication and Division
  • Multiplication and Division Patterns
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Properties and Equations
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Representing and Interpreting Data
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Geometry

Text:  Sadlier-Oxford, Progress in Mathematics, 2014; Sadlier-Oxford, Workbook, Progress in Mathematics, 2014