3rd Grade Curriculum
A primary goal for students is developing a positive attitude toward learning: to be excited about new and unknown things; to be curious; to feel okay about saying “I don’t know;” to feel that they can learn and that they want to learn. It is the curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery with which children are born.
Third grade is a dramatic switch from second grade. Children need to work toward becoming more independent in their learning. Many assignments will be explained at the beginning of the day and then completed independently.
Bible studies focus on “Christ and His Church,” a study of the life of Christ (His actions, teachings, and miracles), the early Church in Acts, and missions from Paul until now. As students are 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 and through famous missionaries of history. Students get a glimpse of famous Christians through the “Portraits of Faith” biographies. Through “Sword Searches,” they have opportunities to consider the teachings of Scripture in relation to real life problems. And finally, Jonathan, Amiee, and Arf provide delightful interactive opportunities for students to make application of the Word and works of God. Students also memorize weekly assigned Bible passages.
Some of the skills developed in English are writing sentences correctly, verb usage, nouns with plurals and possessives, sentence punctuation, and creative writing. Thinking Maps, graphic organizers, are implemented in organizing thoughts, ideas, and materials in all academic areas. They are basic to forming sentences and writing paragraphs in the writing process program, 6+1 Trait Writing.. Reading skills cover such things as spelling patterns, phonics, word analysis, vocabulary, and fluency. Comprehension includes strategies, skills, and critical thinking. Each child’s natural creativity will be encouraged throughout the year with art projects and creative writing experiences.
Several of the things we work on in math are mastery of four-digit place value, regrouping in addition and subtraction, and multiplication facts. Division is introduced, and fractions are expanded upon, using the understanding developed in grades one and two.
Science relates to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Topics include the matter, ecosystems, life cycles, soil, patterns of nature, and simple machines. Social studies focuses on map skills, early explorers, famous Americans, economics, and ancient Greece, Rome, and Mali. We use Democracy Studies Weekly, which explores our topics in a fun entertaining way.