It is in third grade that students use the skills they have gained in reading to learn more about the world around them. They also begin to realize their role within the class and school community. An increased focus on team work and group activities is built into everyday lessons. Therefore, building stronger relationships with peers allowing them to grow and mature. Along with fostering these relationships students continue to develop their relationship with God. The children learn through scripture stories and lessons the values they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Students’ reading skills become stronger as they move from learning how to read to reading to learn. The children are taught by using classic literature as well as modern pieces. Story themes are used to bridge language and reading lessons allowing students to fully comprehend stories and skills. Students are taught to write complete sentences and two to three well written paragraphs. Journal work is completed on a weekly basis along with more formal writing assignments such as persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Throughout the year third grade students are responsible for completing a variety of book report assignments such as poetry, non-fiction, and biographies. Third grade is also where students will master cursive writing.
The Mathematics curriculum allows students to continue to practice and develop addition and subtraction skills. It is in third grade that students are introduced to multiplication and division. Through hands-on activities and repetition students will master these skills along with graphs and fractions.
Social Studies focuses on the beginning of our beautiful country. Through a variety of projects and activities students will explore the Native American tribes and Pilgrims that inhabited our country so many years ago. These units are completed with a trip to the Pequot Museum in Connecticut or Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. Students will also be taught the roots of our government and how our country is still run today based on decisions made by our forefathers. A trip to the Town Hall helps students to better understand the local level of government.