Third Grade


The third grade curriculum includes reading, writing, spelling, grammar lessons, writing complete sentences and paragraphs. We complete a cursive handwriting book.

We have two periods of reading and writing each day. Two periods of spelling/phonics and two periods of grammar lessons each week. We use an anthology with selection tests and trade books. Graphic organizers are used to analyze and compare books.

Activities during the year include monthly book reports,an author study, writing and performing plays, a biography project where students dress and speak as the person. Students also write and illustrate an original fairy tale which they read to the first grade. Students use Raz Kids and Big Universe.


In third grade students use the McGraw-Hill Math Series. In addition to daily class, there is a class held twice a week called Math Magic. Some important skills students learn in third grade include place value, addition with regrouping,subtraction with borrowing, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and geometry.

Math Magic is a class where we do not use our book. We plan fun math activities that reinforce the skills. We also have math club held after school for ten weeks to reinforce skills. Students also use IXL and other computer programs in class and as homework.

Social Studies

In third grade, social studies topics include Native Americans, Explorers, Thirteen Colonies, first states, settlers moving west, formation of our government and building of Washington D.C.

A chapter in economics and trade with other countries especially China, as well as connections with other World communities are also covered.

Once a week, students study current events. Map skills are used throughout the year.


Third grade science covers topics in Earth, physical, and life sciences. In our earth Science unit, we cover Earth and Weather; Earth and Our Universe. In our physical science unit, we cover matter. In our life science unit, we cover plants and animals.

World Language

Students continue with oral vocabulary acquisition using games and songs and move gradually towards writing and spelling some vocabulary and simple formulaic sentences by the end of third grade.


Church community, prayer, and scripture are taught with a special emphasis on the Mass and how it incorporates all of these concepts within its framework.