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Third Grade

Third Grade at St. Mary's

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.

Third Grade Learning Overview

  • More opportunities to read independently from books with lengthier chapters and more advanced themes
  • Opportunities to write more lengthy stories with increasingly descriptive language
  • 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

Third Grade Enrichment Classes

Art
Music
Spanish
Physical Education
Religious Education
Library Education
Technology

Third Grade Special Events

Kayaking
Science Fair
Invention Convention
Braum's Field Trip
Ice Skating
 

Third Grade Curriculum

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.

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.

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.

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.