Third grade is an exciting year for our students to grow spiritually and academically. They learn to become more independent while following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Not only do they get to go to our beautiful computer lab to learn keyboarding, but each student is assigned their own I-pad to use during class.
The spiritual emphasis in third grade focuses on the four Marks of the Catholic Church. The children will also learn about the different Sacraments, many influential Saints, and how to be true disciples of Jesus.
Our Reading curriculum focuses on skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, identifying the main parts of the story, decoding skills, and phonics. The third grade reader provides a variety of fiction and nonfiction stories, and is also supplemented with novels and Reader’s Theater.
Our language arts program emphasizes both grammar and writing. In grammar, they will study sentences, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization. Our focus in writing is on the six writing traits. We review all the cursive letters and by the end of third grade our students will be writing in cursive for all subject areas.
During third grade Math class, our students learn how to add and subtract larger numbers, work with fractions, measurement, graphing, and how to multiply and divide. Difficult concepts will be taught using manipulatives in order to meet the varied learning styles of the children.
The third grade Science curriculum is taught in thematic units. The focus is on astronomy, physics, weather, geology, and zoology. They have the opportunity to complete projects, conduct research, and complete a STEM experiment.
The students have fun learning about citizenship, being active consumers and producers, and respecting and knowing ethnic heritage in our Social Studies curriculum. They develop map skills and do in depth studies on Presidents and Native Americans.
Students have class once each week for music, art, library, computer lab, and Spanish. PE class is taught twice each week
Masterworks, Field Day, COSI on wheels, Victoria Theater, Muse Machine, and our Centerville walk.