What to Expect in 3rd
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Bible: Our class reads selections from Judges through II Kings as well as selected Psalms and Proverbs. Students also learn Red Star scripture passages and recite them for memory.
History: Our study of history begins with the study of Minoan civilization and continues to units on ancient Greece and Rome, where students are exposed to the foundational history and culture of these civilizations.
Reading: Students read Detectives in Togas, Aesop’s Fables, D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, Hour of the Olympics, Trojan Horse, Poetry, and Charlotte’s Web. Read-aloud books may include The Buried City of Pompeii and The Story of the World, Volume 1.
Language/Writing: Students review cursive penmanship; practice spelling; review grammar jingles; write, label, and classify sentences; and continue to use the writing process to develop as writers.
Science: Having learned the stories of Greek and Roman myths, as well as the characters for which the planets are named, students study basic astronomy. Students also learn the fundamentals of botany, sound, and water investigations.
Math: Students represent numbers to 10,000 in different equivalent forms. They learn the uses of fractions, compare fractions using models and number lines, and solve problems involving money. Students multiply and divide with 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, and use bar models to represent multiplication and division. Teachers provide instruction in mental math strategies.
Music: Students participate in singing and movement to learn fundamentals of music, study composers and different styles of music, and perform in school programs.
Spanish: Students receive instruction in practical and developmentally-appropriate Spanish. They continue learning how to pray in Spanish. Instruction includes an emphasis on vocabulary, pronunciation, sentence structure, and verb conjugation.
Art: Students study various artists and different cultures, as well as the elements of art and principles of design, while exploring different types of media and techniques to create their artwork. Third grade students studying the Greek/Roman civilization in social studies will have the opportunity to explore Classical Greek/Roman art in addition to world architecture as interdisciplinary lessons.
Technology: Our portable Chromebook cart travels to each classroom weekly. The teachers create projects that integrate technology into the classroom curriculum. Students learn developmentally appropriate keyboarding and computer skills, Internet navigation and safety, and how to identify trusted and reliable websites.
Physical Education: Students have P.E. each week. They learn the basics of a myriad of sports and engage in activities that promote character and being a team player.
Library: Students visit the library weekly.
Chapel: Our vision is to transform new generations of students who use their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to be culture makers for Jesus Christ. We focus on developing winsome Christian character and strong biblical knowledge.
Recess: Students have daily outdoor recess.
Makerspace: Makerspace encourages children to use their imaginations along with aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to invent, produce, craft, and construct, in order to create things and develop problem-solving skills.
Special events include Speech Meet, Roman Market day, and Greek Olympics.
Service projects include a visit to the residents at an assisted living home and Operation Christmas Child.
Our field studies enrich our curriculum and may include visiting the Planetarium and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.