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Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade

Third grade is a tremendous year of growth and maturity. Students are able to experience a unique combination of learning new and exciting material in many subjects, as well as celebrating the knowledge that they have been able to collect in their lower years. Teachers seek to foster independence through establishing responsibility, accountability, and pride in one’s work. The hope is to create lifelong learners as a biblical worldview is integrated into each subject.

While third grade teachers integrate biblical truth into every unit of study, they also teach Bible as a separate subject, striving to help students realize the importance of including God’s word in their everyday lives. Throughout the course of the year, students will learn thirty key biblical truths identified in Old and New Testament stories. Students spend time exploring units on wisdom, fellowship, servanthood, and stewardship, but the major portion of the year is spent identifying themselves as image bearers of God. 

The reading curriculum focuses on the development of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills. Students will develop reading comprehension skills, which help them to identify the main idea, cause and effect, character, and setting, as well as compare and contrast content to better understand what they are reading.

Teachers use the Shurley method to teach grammar. Students also develop writing skills as they write expository essays, descriptive, and personal narratives. 

The math curriculum helps students to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of all areas of mathematics. Instruction consists of five basic components: math meeting, lesson, guided practice and homework, number facts practice, and assessments. Units of study include the following: numbers and operations; measurement; geometry; patterns, algebra, and functions; statistics, data analysis, and probability; problem solving; calendar and time; money; and fractions.

The Christian School International Science curriculum integrates science concepts throughout the day in learning centers, whole group experiments, and special units. Teachers employ methods that focus primarily on investigation, observation, and experimentation, which include a hands-on science lab. Topics include the following: Scientific Investigation, Investigating the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems, Investigating Plants, Investigating Forces and Electricity, Investigating Heat and Temperature, Investigating Soil, Investigating Natural Resources, and Investigating Structures. 

The social studies curriculum includes social studies standards and objectives, which are targeted through informational texts published in a weekly newspaper format. The primary focus at this grade level is democracy and the contributions of great Americans in building the foundation of America. Students will complete Ancient Greece and Rome units of study in order to learn about how these civilizations have contributed to our society today. Additionally, students will learn geographical terminology and skills associated with maps and globes in order to better understand various people groups, locations, and environments.


Mrs. Ginger Slaughter