What to Expect in Third Grade
“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: Students learn through Deep Roots Bible Curriculum, which is an Apologetics and Worldview Bible curriculum developed to equip students with the tools and training to stand firm in the face of today’s cultural challenges. Students also learn Red Star Scripture passages and recite them from memory.
HISTORY: Students learn the foundational histories and cultures of ancient civilizations, beginning with the Minoan civilization and continuing to units on ancient Greece and Rome.
READING: Students read excellent and meaningful books that enrich their study of history. They develop deeper comprehension and critical thinking skills by reading books such as Trojan Horse, Charlotte’s Web, and Hour of the Olympics.
LANGUAGE/WRITING: Students review cursive penmanship, practice spelling, review grammar jingles, and write, label, and classify sentences. They 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. They 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.
PERFORMING ARTS: Students are provided the opportunity to explore and showcase their God-given gifts and talents in the areas of music performance, movement, drama, and worship. They are taught fundamental concepts of reading music, music theory, and acting and speaking skills to help them cultivate an appreciation for the arts.
SPANISH: Students receive instruction in practical and developmentally appropriate Spanish and continue learning how to pray in Spanish. Instruction includes an emphasis on vocabulary, pronunciation, sentence structure, and verb conjugation.
ART: Students study various artists, cultures and elements of art while exploring different types of media and techniques to create their artwork. Students have the opportunity to explore Classical Greek and Roman art, in addition to world architecture.
STEM: Students integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through engaging, hands-on projects with a biblical worldview. They learn to be creative problem solvers by exploring the Engineering Design Process. Cooperative and purposeful teamwork helps students listen, improve, and succeed.
TECHNOLOGY: Students learn to be safe digital natives in our technology enrichment classes, and they learn grade-level appropriate computer and keyboarding skills. As they progress through lower school, students learn various aspects of Google Software for Education that help prepare them for middle school and beyond.
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 good sportsmanship.
LIBRARY: Students visit the library media center weekly. They are provided lessons to enrich their reading skills and promote a desire for life-long reading and are given time to browse and check out books for independent reading.
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 recess daily.
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 include visiting the Planetarium and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.