Third grade is a pivotal year in the education of young children. Students begin to read for content rather than read to learn to read, so it plays in integral part in student learning throughout the curriculum. Through the Reading curriculum, students are introduced to a wide variety of quality literature that aids in developing reading comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary skills. Written communication is emphasized as a valuable learning tool through exploration of various genres of writing. In Bible, students study the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), learning how God works in us to follow His ways. Students will also study Martin Luther and the Reformation. A highlight of the year is the annual third grade Easter Breakfast. The students study the Easter story in depth and learn about table manners before presenting the Easter story and serving breakfast to honored guests from the school. Our Math program develops student skills using mental math. More complex mathematical concepts are introduced such as computation in grouping, multiplication, and division, as well as continued growth in fractions and problem solving. Science exploration takes place through energy and matter, light, adaptations in organisms, sun, moon and stars, and the scientific process. Students will research and write a report on an endangered animal. Social studies include learning about connections to the past and the ways in which particularly local, but also regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society. Emphasis is on the physical and cultural landscape of California, including the study of American Indians, the arrival of immigrants, and the impact they have had in forming the character of our society.
Third grade student continue to grow into more independent learners. A high emphasis is placed on developing a sense of responsibility for both themselves and the academic expectations of the teacher. Organizational skills are taught and reinforced regularly. Sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others in the classroom is fostered with the expectations of appropriate behavior as a result.
Handwriting – Zaner Bloser Handwriting (Zaner Bloser)
Math – CA Math (Harcourt)
Reading/Language Arts/Phonics/Spelling – Houghton Mifflin Reading (Houghton Mifflin)
Religion – One in Christ (Concordia Publishing House)
Science – California Science (Pearson Scott Foresman)
Social Studies – Our Communities (Scott Foresman)
Lead1st and LeadNow Program
The Lead1st Program (1st – 3rd grade) is a leadership program focused on introducing positive character traits and strong ethical values to all students. The 16 leadership traits are introduced through play and project-based learning, whereby students take turns leading their peers. Everyone receives opportunities to experience leadership both as a leader and as an active team member. As leadership abilities emerge, students are provided more frequent and complex opportunities to serve as Team Leaders. Students displaying a strong aptitude during Lead 1st are encouraged to enroll in the more concentrated leadership training curriculum for 10- to 13-year-olds called LeadNow (4th and 5th grade).