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3rd GRADE CURRICULUM

Art – In this class, students will complete a series of projects using readily available products, such as clay, paints, and paper. Students will also learn to recognize various forms of art such as terra cotta, stained glass, and various forms of painting such as oil and watercolor.

English – During this course of study, students will learn how to write paragraphs. The parts of speech will be revisited and reinforced. Students will also practice punctuation, capitalization and diagramming sentences.

Handwriting – Students will refine their handwriting ability by performing practice exercises. These exercises are essential to developing good penmanship. Students will practice cursive writing as well as reading manuscripts.

History – In this course, students will enjoy short biographies of famous explorers, missionaries and founders who played a role in the modern development of the Americas. Students will also learn about the experience of the indigenous people who populated the Americas both prior to and after the arrival of Christianity. Students will reinforce their understanding by learning how to read and use maps.

Math – Students will review addition and subtraction. Students will learn multiplication facts though nine. Students will learn how to divide. Other exercises will teach fractions, decimals and graphing. Students will learn how to solve word problems.

Music – Students will continue learning songs associated with worship and the liturgical seasons.

Phonics – Students will practice their phonics skills. Emphasis will be placed on long and short vowel sounds., prefixes and suffixes, syllables, antonyms, synonyms and homophones.

Reading – Students will improve their reading skills though a selection of storybooks and short selections. Students will also develop their ability to summarize, draw conclusions from their reading, and write short book reports. Students will learn the basic components of a story including a setting, main characters, as well as title and author.

Religious Education – Students will study the fundamentals of the Catholic faith. Emphasis will be placed on the Ten Commandments and the Rosary. Students will also learn more about Communion.

Science – In science, students will learn how machines work, the nature of matter, the food chain, the water cycle, habitats, soil, and energy. Students will also complete short units on grooming and hygiene, nutrition, household safety and more.

Spelling – Students will learn how to spell words with irregular spellings. Students will also review spelling rules and alphabetical order.

Vocabulary – In this class, students will go beyond spelling and begin learning a wide range of new words, essential to a proper vocabulary.  Students will learn how to do word puzzles to enhance their enjoyment of learning and encourage them to learn new words.