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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 enrichment classes

  • Art
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Library Education
  • Technology

third grade special events

  • Kayaking
  • Sam Noble Museum
  • Retirement center ministry

third grade curriculum

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

Students study EnVision Math 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 Canada, ancient Rome, the earliest Americans, Vikings, and historical explorers.

Third-grade 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.  The topics covered in third grade are the classification of vertebrates and invertebrates, the systems of the human body and how they work together, light and optics, sound and vibration, inventors and inventions, ecology and the environment. Third graders also develop and present a science fair project as well as an invention convention on alternating years.