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Third Grade

Curriculum Overview
Bible

This course of study includes messages, parables, miracles, and life events of Jesus.  The theme, God’s Purposeful Design, is learned through the study of the Book of Acts, Paul’s missionary journeys, and major missionary movements.  Emphasis is placed on increased understanding and application of Scripture in daily life.  Memorization of Scripture is an important part of the third grade program.

Reading

The third grade Reader’s Workshop curriculum focuses on comprehension strategies, fluency, vocabulary building, study skills, decoding skills, use of reference materials and literature.  Reading experiences are enriched through thematic book reports and project presentations.  Students are required to do outside reading.  Discussions correlate values and problems expressed in stories with appropriate Biblical principles.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, students are increasing their independence towards mastery of the writing process and the traits of good writing.  As they increase their skills in various genres of writing, students are beginning to consider audience and purpose.  Greater emphasis is placed on the application of literary elements as well as the ability to reflect on their personal growth as a writer.  Instruction in the conventions of writing continues to be extended and utilized in student work.

Spelling

Students continue to systematically study the sound-letter patterns and the structure words.  Emphasis is placed on correctly spelling assigned words in all written work.

Handwriting

The first part of the year provides a review of manuscript writing.  A transition is then made to the skills required for legible cursive writing.  Students are encouraged to use cursive writing in their daily classroom work when appropriate.

Math

This course focuses on the fundamental math processes.  Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of multiplication and division strategies, fractions, place value, geometry, time, money, measurements, decimal concepts and problem solving.  Daily group and partner work allows students opportunities to explore and discover together while they discuss their thinking using math vocabulary.  God’s order in the universe is once again reinforced.

Science

This course of study offers a Christian perspective on Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.  A hands-on approach is utilized whenever possible.

Social Studies

Third grade social studies focuses on map skills, geography, and the comparison of communities past and present.  Concepts continue to be approached from a Christian worldview.

Chinese

In exploratory Chinese, students will be introduced to vocabulary and key phrases that reflect common conversational patterns in spoken Chinese. Students will be able to greet each other, express their likes and dislikes, talk about their families, and more. Special emphasis is placed on character recognition, as well as some character writing. Chinese will be taught from a biblical worldview.

Art

Elementary Art for grades 1-3 is designed to teach children the elements of art while helping them grow more sensitive to the wonders of God’s creation, particularly the beauty and genius of God’s designs and their place as part of God’s creation.  As their ability to create increases, this course will help them recognize their responsibility to develop this gift and use it to glorify God.  Opportunities will be given for skill development in a number of media and for introduction to a variety of famous artists and their works.

Music

The study of music contributes in important ways to the quality of every student’s life.  In the K-3 courses, the students are systematically exposed to the basic elements of music through singing and playing instruments, as well as minimal composing and notation.  Rhythm and note reading skills are put into practice through the use of melodic instruments.  The third grade makes practical use of the course material in the study of recorder.  Students can express themselves creatively and develop vocal confidence through performance traditions.  Both vocal and instrumental music are stressed as means of praise to God.

Physical Education

Skill refinement and work on physical fitness continues in grades 3-4.  Many of the activities learned in the previous grades are repeated.  More emphasis is placed on correct techniques in such skills as throwing, catching, kicking, jumping, and individual exercises.  Students also engage in team-oriented activities.  Accuracy of movement, coordination and good form are stressed.  Biblical principles are used in the development of good sportsmanship, player consideration, and team loyalty.  Activities include, but not limited to, kickball, flag football, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

Library

In grades 1-3 students are introduced to the arrangement of a library with the goal that they become self-sufficient patrons.  They learn the location of easy fiction, easy nonfiction, easy biography, fiction, nonfiction, biography and reference.  Students are introduced to the On-Line Catalog.  They learn to look up key words, subjects, authors, and titles so that they can then locate material on the shelves.  Literature skills continue to be emphasized.

Computer Lab

The Grade 1-5 computer/technology course of study identifies essential knowledge and skills that all students need to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive environment.  Technology is undergoing rapid change, and new and improved technological advances appear almost daily.  The curriculum is designed to form the foundation for continuous learning and to be applicable to ever-changing innovations.  Seven areas of content are addressed: social and ethical issues, computer skills, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, database and multimedia.  The content of instruction for these areas is updated as innovations demand, and the skills are developed in increasing detail as the students move up in grade levels.