Third Grade Curriculum

Textbooks

Religion: Voyages – Concordia Publishing House
Reading: Scott Foresman Reading
Phonics Modern Curriculum Press/Pearson Learning
Math: Harcourt Math
Science: Harcourt Science
Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin
Social Studies: Harcourt Social Studies
Penmanship: D’nealian

Curriculum

Bible
Students learn chronologically the Bible stories, beginning with the creation of the world in Genesis, to the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus in the Gospels. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and is grounded in the Word of God. Emphasis is made on the use of the Bible as a tool where God speaks to His children. They have weekly memory verses and memorize Bible passages. Students are taught how to pray and are given opportunities and are encouraged to pray daily. Worship and music are an integral part of Bible as well. Students learn to worship the Lord with songs of praise and are encouraged to have a relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Reading and Language Arts

The third grade reading and language arts program at ICA consists of a rich variety of reading experiences. Students are given opportunities to read in groups, with partners, individually, and to do self-selected reading. Areas of reading instruction include strong emphasis on phonics to strengthen decoding skills, building vocabulary, work on fluency and expression, interpretation and comprehension. Predictions are made and outcomes discussed. All students use the Media Center and the Accelerated Reading Program.

In language arts, students learn about sentence structure, word usage, and types of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and contractions. They also learn and practice correct punctuation, and capitalization. They learn spelling strategies and begin learning cursive writing. Students learn the writing process, beginning with writing journals, write and edit a rough draft, and produce a final, illustrated copy journals.

Handwriting
Children are taught and practice the correct manuscript form for each letter daily, using the D’Nealian method and resources.

Math
Students study place value, number patterns, estimation, and addition and subtraction with regrouping. They learn about telling time, measurement, and money. Students take weekly timed math fact drills which provide individual challenge as each student progresses in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact recall. Students continue to learn their math facts through games, and repetition. They also learn probability, geometric concepts, fractions, and problem solving skills. Students learn to read, interpret, and create graphs and tables.

Social Studies
Students learn about the continents, oceans, landforms, and about how we use and preserve our natural resources. They learn map skills and the use of longitude and latitude areas to locate areas. They learn about the cultures and communities of different countries around the globe and the diverse cultural heritage within the United States. They are introduced to important people in history and about the impact these individuals have had on the world we live in.

Science
Students learn about science in the context of a universe created by an all-wise God who fashioned the world with His infinite wisdom. To study this world, students learn about scientific methods of observation, inquiry, and experimentation and demonstrate their understanding by completing science labs. In life science they learn about animals and plants and the ways that living things adapt to changes in the environment. In physical science, they learn to classify things by characteristics. They study about sound waves and about how sound travels. In earth science they learn about rocks, minerals, and soil. They study the sun and moon and chart observations of the moon’s phases. We also take a look at simple machines.

Specialty Classes
All third grade students participate weekly in P.E., vocal music, art, computers and Spanish.