Third Grade

By: Craig Crook

January 1, 1970


Language Arts

In addition to reviewing parts of speech, students gain grammar knowledge of word order, subjects, and predicates in order to build solid sentences, short stories, and various forms of creative writing.  Oral reports are often given in the form of speeches in order to give early confidence speaking in front of a group.

Cursive handwriting is introduced.  Students are encouraged to practice and use cursive handwriting on paper and the chalkboard.


Students move forward with new concepts building on the past years’ learning.   Students are expected to add and subtract using numbers in the thousands.   Multiplication tables are learned and practiced through drills.  New concepts are added to the topics of place value, time, money, temperature, measurement, and geometry.


Study in grade three focuses on life science, physical science, and earth science.   Lessons move beyond the book with experiments, use of microscopes, home projects, science fair involvement, guest speakers, and field trips.

Social Studies

Linking knowledge from grade two, third grade students begin the study of the St. Jude neighborhood and move out to study different regions of the United States and the world.   Students look at how the natural resources, climate, history, government, and geography of each region interact with the population.  Endangered species and rain forest issues are topics of discussion.


Students delve further into learning about the Church and why we honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Further study is given to the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist as well as basic prayer.  Students explore through the Word the life of Jesus and his love for us.  Students attend Mass twice a week.


Emphasis is placed on continuing to work on word processing skills.  With exposure to a variety of software, students often explore word processing and multimedia.  The Internet is introduced through demonstrations and guides.


Art is taught using Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) which includes art history, art production, development of the ability to describe and express your own feelings about a piece of art, development of the ability to criticize a piece of art constructively.   Each grade level “scaffolds” or builds on the grade level before it.   Vocabulary and techniques used increase in difficulty with the cognitive abilities of that grade level.

In grade three, students produce new projects that expand their knowledge on the art theories and techniques reinforced in previous grades: perspective, color, shading, texture, 2-D art, 3-D art, line, and painting techniques.


Students begin to use the card catalogue and call numbers in order to find the books they want.  This leads to study of the Dewey Decimal system.  Students discover what parts make up a book and how to find information in an encyclopedia.  Learning to listen and exposure to literature continues as books are read to them.


Study continues with an introduction to a music style, more difficult note values, meter, and more composers added to their knowledge base.

Physical Education

Activities are planned to help children achieve their full capacity through physical fitness and motor skills.  Health is emphasized as a life value which enhances critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, and behavior skills.

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