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Third Grade

Third graders are excited to learn and anxious to experience more difficult tasks, but they need consistent focus, direction and lengthy assignments cut down in more bite–size pieces.   It’s a time at St. Mary’s when they move up to the same dress uniform as fourth and fifth graders and get to experience more service learning projects.

The third grade curriculum builds upon their completion of second grade at St. Mary’s, integrating language arts, math, social studies and science into units of fun and exciting instruction.

Language Arts
Five areas of language arts concentration are productive thinking, communication, forecasting, decision-making, and planning and include grammar, handwriting, literature/reading, speaking, spelling and composition.

Math
Students study Everyday Mathematics and participate in Rocket Math.  Each program builds a foundation of mathematical knowledge enabling students to move from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem solving.

Social Studies/Geography/History
Using reading strategies, thinking skills, class discussions, and interactive simulations, third graders are introduced to world and American history, geography, communities, humanities and citizenship. Students study communities in the U.S., Canada, ancient Greece, Rome, and Europe in the middle Ages, Vikings, and historical explorers.

Science
Curriculum is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamental processes of science. Through direct laboratory, classroom and outdoor experiences, students will be exposed to observing, measuring, recording, classifying, interpreting, analyzing, inferring, predicting, and investigating.

What to Expect From a 3rd Grader

  • Look out – here comes your third grader, full of energy, imagination, and little sense of their own limitations.
  • Patience is not common in third graders.  They may rush to get their work finished, and they may become frustrated with handwriting, computer skills work, math and other industrious efforts. 
  • “I’m bored” might really mean “This is too hard!” Encouragement and redirection will go a long way with third graders.
  • Third and fourth graders can complain more especially about hurts, especially hurt feelings and therefore teachers need to have a sense of humor and positive, encouraging language.
  • Third graders like to socialize. They love group activities and cooperative work but still prefer to work with peers of the same gender. They enjoy sharing their humor.Third graders still seek their teachers’ approval, but peer approval is also as important to them at this age.

Ways to Challenge and Enhance the 3rd Grader’s Experience

  • Provide more opportunities to read independently from books with lengthier chapters and more advanced themes
  • Provide opportunities to write more lengthy stories with increasingly descriptive language
  • Give more responsibility and organizational skill opportunities – for example, have student use an assignment notebook and keep track of homework and assignments
  • More opportunities for class and group project work
  • More in-depth studies of history, other cultures and geography
  • Practice more difficult computation skills, using all four operations

Enrichment Classes                                          Special Activities/Events
Fine Arts (art and music)                                   Kayaking
Spanish                                                                   Science Fair
Physical Education                                              Various field trips in conjunction with study units
Religious Education/Chapel                             Ice Skating
Technology Education