3rd Grade

Penmanship (Abeka Book Curriculum)

In third grade, we learn correct formation, spacing, letter-size, slan, and proportion for cursive letters. The penmanship workbook also gives opportunities to improve skills in phonics, creative writing, reading comprehension and dictionary usage.


Reading (Abeka Book Curriculum)

The reading curriculum for third grade consists of eight reading books.

  • Paths to Adventure
  • Footprints
  • Crossroads
  • 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.


History (Abeka Book Curriculum)

History in the third grade is very exciting! Our textbook, Our American Heritage, studies the history of America through the important figures that helped form our great country. Some of the people we get to learn about are: Christopher Columbus, John Smith, Pocahontas and Miles Standish.

After studying our country's discovery and settlement, we learn about 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, Life, Earth and Space Science in our texbook, Purposeful Design Science (Level Three). Then we move into an activity-based unit called Science as Inquiry. The last section covers Science and Technology, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives and History and Nature of Science.

Because students learn in different ways, our curriculum offers a variety of activities for each class. The students experiment, work on special projects and spend time reading and writing. Science is an exciting hands-on 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 fractions to millions
  • Concepts of whole number operations
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Time and money
  • Graphing and statistics
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Memorization of math facts
  • Addition of single digit to single digit
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication

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 sentences, capitalization, punctuation, creative writing, word usage, dictionary skills, subjects and verbs, nouns, plurals and adjectives. Students also write book reports and learn to journal.

Language class is conducted for 30 minutes each day. This includes oral and written review, introduction, practice of new material and creative writing.


Spelling (Abeka Book Curriculum)

We spend time each day learning how to pronounce and spell new words using the Say-Spell-Say method. We spend time on poetry as well as develop dictionary and writing skills.

Each week, there is a final test which includes the list words, vocabulary words and a dictated sentence.