Penmanship (A Beka Book Curriculum)
In third grade, students learn how to write in cursive. We begin the year by learning correct formation, spacing, letter size, slant, and proportion of all cursive letters. The penmanship workbook not only teaches cursive writing, but also gives students the opportunity to improve their skills in phonics, creative writing, reading comprehension, dictionary usage, nature study, and the reading of charts.
Reading (A Beka Book Curriculum)
The reading curriculum for third grade consists of eight reading books.
- Paths to Adventure
- Pilgrim Boy (novel)
- Secret in the Maple Tree (novel)
- Better Bridges
- Worlds of Wonder
- Pilgrim's Progress
Our daily reading class is done as a whole group. The students practice oral reading, smoothness, reading with inflection, and following along. There are weekly homework assignments, quizzes, and tests that focus on reading comprehension. We also have monthly book reports that the students complete.
History (A Beka Book Curriculum)
History in the third grade is very exciting! With our textbook Our American Heritage we study the history of America through the lives of men and women who have played an important part in forming our great country. Some of the people we get to learn about are: Christopher Columbus, John Smith, Pocahontas, and Miles Standish.
After we study our country's discovery and settlement, we move into studying some of the founding presidents. Our curriculum not only teaches about the lives of great Americans, but also emphasizes patriotism and character development.
Science (ACSI Purposeful Design)
We begin the year by learning about Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science in our book, Purposeful Design Science (Level Three). Then we move into an activity-based unit called Science as Inquiry. The last section in our book covers Science and Technology, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, and History and Nature of Science.
Because students learn better in different ways, our science curriculum offers a variety of activities for each science class. The students do experiments, work on special projects, or spend time reading and writing. Science is a hands-on, exciting class!
As a school, we also do a mandatory science project in the spring. This science project is entered into the school-wide science fair.
Math (Saxon 4)
- Number Sense and Numeration from factions to millions
- Concepts of whole number operations
- addition with carrying
- subtraction with borrowing
- multiplication multiple digits by multiple digits
- division multiple digit number by a multiple digit divisor
- Fractions and decimals
- Time and money
- Graphing and statistics
- problem solving strategies
- Memorization of math facts
- Addition of single digit to single digit
- Subtraction (reverses of single digit to single digit)
- Multiplication 0 to 9
Bible (ACSI Purposeful Design)
The focus is on the Life of Christ including the book of Acts and missions.
Language/Writing (Bob Jones)
The third grade curriculum includes such topics as sentences, capitalization, punctuation, creative writing, word usage, dictionary skills, subjects and verbs, nouns, plurals, and adjectives. Students also learn journal writing and how to write book reports.
Language class is conducted for 30 minutes each day. This includes oral and written review, introduction, practice of new material, and creative writing.
The study of grammar is a valuable aid in helping students express themselves clearly and creatively as they communicate with others.
Spelling (A Beka Book Curriculum)
We spend time each day learning how to pronounce and spell each new word. The say, spell, say method is used. Each list has 3 vocabulary words with definitions. Students are given opportunities to use the words in good sentences. Dictionary and writing skills are also developed during the year. There is time spent daily on enjoying poetry, too.
Spelling class is about 25 minutes each day. During that time, there are games, contests, and review exercises. Each week there is a final test which includes the list words, vocabulary words, and a dictated sentence.