BIBLE: In Bible, third graders study the life of Christ, the book of Acts, and missions. As students study the Gospels, they learn and apply principles from the messages, parables, miracles, and life events of Jesus. While studying the book of Acts, students realize how God built His church through the journeys of Paul and other missionaries in history. Students are also challenged through a Scripture memory program, which is coordinated with weekly Bible stories, and by reading the "Portraits of Faith” biographies of great men and women of faith. A community outreach project puts spiritual lessons into action. The ACSI Bible Curriculum is used.
LANGUAGE ARTS: Third graders are involved in six areas of language arts: reading, language, writing, speaking, listening, and spelling. During the year a review of phonics and a strong emphasis on spelling reinforces word attack skills, reading fluency, and vocabulary development through focusing on the meanings of prefixes and suffixes. Students are challenged to higher levels of reading competency through the use of quality literature from around the world and two Christian novels. Students in third grade will write descriptive, narrative, and how-to paragraphs. They will also write poems using alliteration and onomatopoeia and end the year by writing a research paper. In language, third graders will progress to diagramming sentences, identifying adjectives, and learning new ways to punctuate written language. Open Court Reading Curriculum, A Reason for Spelling, D’Nealian Handwriting Curriculum, Bob Jones English: Writing and Grammar, SRA Reading Labs, and quality literature are used as curriculum resources.
MATH: Third grade math includes six areas of study: whole numbers, time and money, measurement, geometry, fractions, and problem solving. Students will practice basic addition and subtraction problems, fine tune math skills begun in second grade, and then advance to more difficult computation. Special areas of emphasis focus on learning place value to 10,000, telling time by the minute, counting back change, adding and subtracting fractions, finding area and volume, working problems with decimals to the 100th's, multiplying three-digit numbers, and memorizing multiplication and division facts. The learning of multiplication facts begins the second nine weeks. Throughout the year, students are challenged to use logic and develop critical thinking skills by working numerous problem-solving activities. The Harcourt Math Curriculum, Mountain Math, and SRA Math Labs are used.
SCIENCE: Third graders will gain a basic understanding of the physical sciences through hands-on activities and presentations that illustrate matter and energy at work. The students will acknowledge God’s sovereignty and power as they study the various components of weather. Electricity, machines and force, nutrition and body systems are also units of study for the third grader. Students come to appreciate God's provision for staying healthy and understand their responsibility for personal hygiene. The year culminates with a research paper on animals. Scott Foresman Science Curriculum is used.
HISTORY/ GEOGRAPHY: In history, third grade students study the lives of American heroes and heroines from the past who have made vital contributions to the culture. Students will enjoy learning about Clara Barton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Billy Sunday and Booker T. Washington. They will also study U.S. government where hands-on activities, such as passing a school bill, help explain the workings of the House and Senate. A field trip to Old City Park in Dallas affords third graders the opportunity to visualize the way life was in America's past. Along with studying the lives of American people and government, map skills and other geography skills are integrated into history throughout the year. A Beka History Curriculum and quality literature are used for curriculum.
SPECIAL SUBJECTS: Every day third graders also enjoy participating in special classes that provide extra enrichment. Weekly special subjects are music, library, computer, art, and Spanish. Daily physical education classes are also scheduled. Third graders take a music field trip to the Dallas Symphony. They also take a P.E. field trip to an ice skating rink where they learn the basics of stopping and starting on ice and work on balance and coordination.
DISCOVERY DAYS: Discovery Days are experienced at each grade level. These exciting and fun days involve hands-on activities that culminate a science or social studies unit. Students have the opportunity to personally “discover” historical lifestyles and events. Third graders grab their passports and “travel” around the world to discover how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Russia and England. In the spring, they then explore the famous art, music, inventors, and literature that come from England, France, and Germany.