3rd Grade Curriculum



Our third grade series is Christ Our Life published by Loyola Press. I encourage you to visit www.christourlife.com. Each chapter provides interesting study of the following themes.

What Catholics Believe
How Catholics Worship
How Catholics Live
How Catholics Pray

The third graders use The Catholic Answer Bible to find passages to study and they become quite proficient in locating chapters and verses. We study the liturgical calendar to follow the seasons and feasts of our Church. Each student writes a prayer in our classroom prayer book. This is used in combination with traditional prayers.

The children attend weekly Mass. Each classroom is given the opportunity to write the petitions and Communion reflection for two of these Masses. We are blessed to have this opportunity to celebrate Mass together as a school community!



Our literature based basal reading series, published by McGraw Hill, is filled with many award winning authors' and illustrators' works. In addition to this series, each semester the third graders will read a trade book by Beverly Cleary. Henry Huggins will be read first semester followed by Ramona Quimby, Age 8 second semester. The children enjoy reading these "chapter books" together! While reading these Cleary books, we will continue working with new vocabulary words, comprehension skills and language/ phonic development.

The students will be expected to read Accelerated Reader books throughout the entire year. In order to receive the points for each test, the student must receive an 80% or above. AR tests with a grade lower than 80% cannot be accepted. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves with books that will make them think, yet will not be too difficult or discouraging. The students may take their AR tests in the classroom during work/study time.

Each student has a quarterly goal for Accelerated Reader:

1st quarter: 2 points
2nd quarter: 4 points
3rd quarter: 6 points
4th quarter: 8 points

These books can be checked out of the school library. Below is a link to the Accelerated Reader list so you can check these books out from the public library or use books from home. Have fun reading!





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The latest edition of Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics text is utilizied.

Third grade math curriculum emphasizes, but is not limited to, the continued practices of: basic addition and subtraction facts 0-18, telling time, counting money, and identifying place values. Addition and subtraction computation skills include regrouping with multi-digit numbers. Critical thinking skills are promoted using student-created and text supplied word and story problems. Multiplication and division fact tables 0-10 are introduced and developed throughout the second semester.

The Accelerated Math computerized program supplements our curriculum.



The D'Nealian cursive method is used exclusively throughout the curriculum. Third graders are assigned daily handwriting exercises which strengthen basic letter formation. Proper holding of writing instruments is taught and enforced. Pencil is used soley for all written work until second semester when erasable blue or black pen is introduced. Erasable pen is used for specific work. Only pencil is used for math.




The third grade Spelling curriculum is based on the Brown Level of the McGougal, Littell program. We also include cross-cuurricular words to allow the children to work with words introduced throughout all subject areas such as Religion, Science, Math, etc. During the typical third grade week, the students have a pretest on Wednesday and a test on Friday. The grading for each week's Spelling test is as follows:

18 words at 5 points each (90%)
A sentence incorporating spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation graded at 10 points (10%)
Together these total 100 pts./100%




3rd Grade Scientists
Our science program is unit-based using the 2005 edition of Harcourt Science. Study includes: plant and animal kingdoms and their interaction, earth sciences, physical sciences, and the solar system.

A weekly science lab is included in the curriculum. Each student is required to demonstrate one experiment to the class during the year. These experiments are chosen from a notebook compiled of age appropriate projects.


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Native American Presentation

Our social studies textbook entitled Communities, is published by Houghton Mifflin. Study includes basic geography, basic map skills with continent and ocean recognition, early development, peoples, and history of our country. We initiate a state study of Illinois. Geography and map skills are supplemented using Nystrom Map Champ Atlas.



Language Arts

The language arts curriculum includes basic study of phonics, grammar, punctuation and capitalization. These skills are taught in weekly spelling and reading lessons and reinforced across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to express themselves through creative writing experiences applying these skills. Examples of creative writing are implemented in many subject areas.


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