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Grade 3 Curriculum

Curriculum Overview
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Recognize that God created us in His image
  • Explore God through the Bible and Apostolic Tradition
  • Analyze Old Testament figures and God's promise of a savior
  • Comprehend the Ten Commandments
  • Celebrate the Advent and Lenten seasons
  • Develop an understanding of the parts of the Holy Mass
Text and Materials
  • Our Life with Jesus, Faith and Life series (Ignatius Press)
  • The Children's Bible (Golden Press)
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Build a clear understanding of fiction story elements, including character, plot, mood, setting, and theme
  • Introduce literary analysis through compare and contrast, cause and effect, inferring, visualizing, sequencing, and drawing conclusions
  • Analyze non-fiction through categorizing information, determining steps in a process, identifying the main idea and supporting details, summarizing the text, and exploring the author's purpose
  • Read a selection of poetry to discuss meaning and draw conclusions through context clues
  • Introduce and develop close reading strategies
Text and Materials
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • HMH Reading Program
  • Raz-Kids
  • Amira
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Reinforce concepts of spelling
  • Introduce cursive alphabet (uppercase and lowercase)
  • Develop knowledge of parts-of-speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Build complex sentence structure, punctuation, and capitalization
Text and Materials
  • Spelling Connections (Zaner-Bloser)
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith
  • Simple Solutions English Grammar and Writing Mechanics (Bright Ideas Press, LLC)
  • Spelling City
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 1000 using place value knowledge
  • Practice telling time to the hour, half hour, and nearest minute
  • Master addition and subtraction strategies within tens, hundreds, and thousands
  • Develop an understanding of multiplication and division
  • Introduce the concept of fractions
  • Explore area and perimeter
  • Identify two-dimensional shapes, three-dimensional solids, and their attributes
  • Interpret data using a variety of graphs
  • Extend an understanding of money concepts
Text and Materials
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Identify the three branches of science
  • Introduce the scientific method
  • Learn about atoms, elements and molecules
  • Investigate forms of energy/forces and motion
  • Understand the simple machines
  • Explore our Earth/earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonic plates
  • Investigate our Solar System and the Universe
  • Explore the microscopic life on Earth
  • Discover how cells are the building blocks of life
  • Classify living things into kingdoms
  • Appreciate our fragile ecosystems
Text and Materials
Curricular Goals

Students in 3rd Grade will:
  • Review rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Explain the purpose of Michigan government and its Consitution
  • Explain the three branches of Michigan's government
  • Review map skills
  • Learn about modern day Michigan and its natural resources
  • Introduce the Michigan Three Fires Tribes
  • Learn about the fur trade and its impact on Michigan
Text and Materials
Meet Michigan textbook
Students is 3rd Grade are enrolled in the following specials classes.
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • STEM
Field Trips
Enrichment and Competitions
  • Chess Club
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