3rd Grade Curriculum Overview
The primary focus of our third grade at St. John's Lutheran School is to continue to develop a higher level of independence as learners. The curriculum emphasizes personal responsibility for remembering to complete work assignments and developing a sense of responsibility for themselves and the expectations of the teacher. Organizational skills are taught and reinforced regularly, and the needs of the students are addressed individually so that each child has an opportunity to grow and succeed.
• Develop a desire to grow in their personal faith in Jesus.
• Encouraged to pray to God regularly.
• Recognize God's power to save and help us.
• Develop a concept of chapter and verse by reading excerpts from the Bible.
• Learn and apply to daily living the Ten Commandments and their meanings.
• Based on Common core standards.
• Emphasize reading, comprehension, decoding, and vocabulary skills.
• Interpret and evaluate nonfiction, fantasy, biography, poetry, fiction, narrative, plays, and folk literature.
• Improve writing skills by focusing on constructing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details.
• Write letters, thank you notes, invitations, explanations, descriptions, stories, and poetry.
• Utilize The Accelerated Reader tests to strengthen comprehension.
• Practice cursive handwriting.
• Work on clarity in printing for map work.
• Do book reports and projects each trimester.
• Based on Common Core standards.
• Apply math concepts daily.
• Develop problem solving skills.
• Compute using multiplication and division.
• Study decimals, geometric concepts, and money.
• Enhance math skills through the use of Daily Math.
• Learn about plants, pollination, the life cycle of butterflies, and the food chain.
• Study weather, the earth’s surface, evaporation and condensation, hurricanes/tornadoes, and the solar system.
• Use the computer for special projects such as the Young Writers books or Learning Fair projects.
• Use tablets in the classroom.
• Use a variety of media: watercolor torn paper, colored pencils.
• Create two and three dimensional projects.
• Experience swimming lessons at the Elgin Centre.
• Prepare for and complete Presidential Fitness program.