Class Curriculum

Religion

  • Give examples of ways God is loving, kind and merciful
  • Identify a variety of names for God
  • Name and describe the leaders of the Church
  • List the seven sacraments
  • Identify the sacrament of initiation
  • Identify the sacraments of service/vocation
  • Recognize a list of the Ten Commandments
  • Define stewardship as being a person who has responsibility of caring for the things given
  • Understand Scripture as the written word of God
  • Learn the Apostle’s Creed and the prayer to the Holy Spirit
  • Appreciate the diverse roles of members in a community
  • Understand that Mary is the perfect example of discipleship
  • Explain that the mysteries of the Rosary detail and honor the lives of Jesus and Mary

Mathematics

  • Compare and order whole numbers to 10,000
  • Use expanded notation to represent numbers
  • Solve simple problems involving multiplication of multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers
  • Solve division problems in which a multi-digit number is evenly divided by a one-digit number
  • Understand the special properties of 0 and 1 in multiplication and division
  • Identify and use relationships between operations, such as division as the inverse of multiplication, to solve and check problems
  • Add and subtract simple fractions
  • Calculate simple perimeters and areas
  • Determine whether an accurate or estimated measurement is appropriate
  • Recognize rectangles, squares, diamonds, hexagons as polygons
  • Determine which outcomes are most likely to occur in certain situations
  • Design appropriate questions for a survey and create a representation  of gathered data
  • Solve simple problems using a variety of strategies
  • Solve real-world problems involving measurements of length, weight, time, capacity and temperature
  • Identify the mean, median and mode in a set of numerical data
  • Record the possible outcomes for a simple event keep track of outcomes and display in a chart or graph

Science

  • Know that it is important to keep accurate records and descriptions to provide information on causes of discrepancies
    in repeated experiments
  • Plan and investigate an experiment using all steps of the scientific method
  • Use various instruments to collect and analyze information
  • Use sketches, diagrams, graphs, and models to understand scientific ideas
  • Understand the relationship between science concepts and the history and contributions of scientists
  • Know the common and distinguishing characteristics of groups of vertebrate animals
  • Know that organisms with similar needs in a climate region compete for resources: food, water, etc.
  • Know behavioral and structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive
  • Understand that energy is transferred to living organisms through the food they eat
  • Explain and practice components of good healthy lifestyle and proper hygiene Know that approximately 75% of the surface
    of the earth is covered by water
  • Understand the processes of weathering and erosion
  • Know the six types of simple machines
  • Observe Newton’s Laws of Motion

Language Arts

  • Recognize and use complex word families when reading to decode unfamiliar words
  • Decode regular polysyllabic words
  • Read aloud fluently and accurately and with appropriate pacing, intonation and expression
  • Use knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, homophones, and homographs to clarify pronunciation and determine meaning of words
  • Use a dictionary to learn the meaning and features of unknown words
  • Use prefixes (e.g., un-, re-, pre-, mis-, dis-) and suffixes (e.g., -er, -est, -ful) to determine meaning of words
  • Use root words to determine meaning and increase vocabulary
  • Use titles, tables of contents, chapter headings, captions, key words, glossaries, preview texts and indexes to locate
    information in a text
  • Identify important information from a text, including problems and solutions
  • Follow simple multiple-step written instructions
  • Comprehend basic plots of various texts
  • Determine the theme or author’s message in fiction and nonfiction
  • Recognize and appreciate the distinguishing features of different literary genres
  • Explain the development of plot, conflict resolution and motivation of the characters in text
  • Identify and use grade-appropriate literary terminology
  • Recognize cause and effect relationships in literary texts and identify ‘because’ as a clue word
  • Demonstrate comprehension, prediction, and creative skills by suggesting an alternative ending to a story
  • Demonstrate pre-writing strategies including selection of a main idea or central focus
  • Use basic features of page format in revisions
  • Revise drafts to improve coherence and logical progression of ideas by following an assessment rubric
  • Develop a topic sentence and include simple supportive facts and details
  • Identify and use verbs in writing Identify and use adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and conjunctions
  • Identify the complete and simple subject (noun or pronoun) and predicate (verb)
  • Distinguish among a statement, an exclamation, a command and a question using context and/or end punctuation
  • Distinguish among a sentence, a sentence fragment and a run-on sentence
  • Use sentence variety effectively in writing and speaking
  • Follow the conventions of grade-appropriate punctuation, capitalization and spelling
  • Evaluate own and peer’s first draft using a rubric that includes criteria evaluating grammar, punctuation, vocabulary,
    development of central theme and overall clarity
  • Identify, read and write words correctly in cursive handwriting

Social Studies

  • Explain ways individuals, ideas, and decisions influenced past events as well as the present and future
  • Read and interprets a timeline identifying the chronological order of events and how it applies to events in literature,
    classroom discussions and research
  • Explain changes and developments in transportation and communication and how they affect the lives of people throughout
    history
  • Identify and explains significant historical events with appropriate details
  • Explain how trade led to the exploration of other regions of the world
  • Identify aspects of family life common to all ages and regions through history
  • Illustrate that religious, racial, and ethnic diversity can be a source of strength or division for a country
  • Describe the earth’s shape and identify that it is one of the planets within the Solar System
  • Label the seven continents and five oceans on an outline map
  • Compare and contrasts ways physical environments throughout the world are similar and different
  • Explain reasons that certain areas of the world are more densely populated than others
  • Define government
  • Explain why governments are necessary
  • Identify local community’s leaders
  • Explain reasons for rules and laws
  • Identify ways that citizens participate in a democracy
  • Define capital and market economy
  • Differentiate among goods, services, and resources
  • Explain the use of money and the banking system
  • Compare and contrasts the benefits and consequences of a job successfully and unsuccessfully completed
  • Compare and contrasts communities of long ago with those of the present

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List for Third Grade

Symbol Key
+ = Available in audio formats (CD, Playaway, and/or MP3 File). Some are available from Audible.
(e)= available as a Kindle or another e-book.

Early Chapter Books

Arnold, Ted. Fly Guy books (Series)
Example: Fly Guy and the Frankenfly, 2013. Buzz and his pet, Fly Guy, have many fun adventures.
Nattional Geographic Kids
Assorted Titles, Levels 1, 2, or 3. Published by National Geographic. Example: Gilpin, Caroline Crosson. George Washington,
2014.

Fiction – Chapter Books – Series

The 39 Clues
various authors, 2008-2014. (Mystery Series) Amy and her younger brother hunt for the 39 clues that will reveal what
really happened to their parents as well as other family secrets. Other Formats: (e) + (The Infinity Ring series
is another choice).
The Case of the School Ghost (Buddy Files Series #6) by Dori Hillestad Butler
Buddy, a dog, goes to the fourth grade sleepover with Connor. Strange things happen, and Buddy wonders if the rumor about
the school ghost is true. Other format: (e) (Butler’s The Haunted Library series is also a good choice.)
Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #1) by Kate Klise
(Humorous Series; Ghosts) Suffering from writer’s block, author I.B. Grumpy moves into a quiet, mysterious old mansion
to solve his problem. However, a boy and a possible ghost have other ideas. This witty tale is told through letters,
emails, and newspaper articles. (Klise’s The Show Must Go On series also is a good choice.)
Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (Alvin Ho Series #2) by Lenore Look,
Alvin’s fears are ignited when his father suggests a camping trip. Alvin’s escapades are a riot. Other formats: (e) +
Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit Series) by Lucy Nolan
Told from a dog’s point of view, Down Girl shares how she and her friend teach their masters to provide more attention.
Other format: (e)
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series #2) by Mary Pope Osborne,
Jack and Annie are transported to King Arthur’s time to solve a mystery about a stolen diamond. Other formats: (e) +
(A to Z Mysteries Series #1) by Ron Roy
These 26 books feature a title for each letter of the alphabet. Other formats: (e) +

Fiction - Chapter Books – Individual Titles

Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
A Novel in Verse, 2013. (Realistic, Poetic Verse). Sam and his father have a fishing trip planned, but somehow his little
sister, Lucy, convinces Dad to include her. What’s even worse, Lucy begins catching more fish than Sam!! Other format:
(e)

Fiction - Picture Books for Older Readers

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Duncan receives letters from all his crayons with complaints about how and how much he uses them. What’s an artist to
do? Other format: (e)
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
This stunning picture book captures the magic and drama of a true story – when Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between
the two World Trade Center Towers in 1974. (Caldecott Medal). Other formats: (e) +
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Trisha loves school but has difficulty learning to read and feels dumb. In fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand
and overcome her problem. Other formats: (e) +

Nonfiction

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
Readers see Einstein as a boy and then a man who delights in being curious and posing thoughtful questions. Other formats:
(e) +
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Ruth comes from family with many problems, and the young boy is frequently is in trouble. At seven, his father brings
him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and the people he meets and the school discipline change his life.
He later becomes a star player for the New York Yankees. Print format only.

Class Supplies

Third Grade Supply List 2017-2018

Durable pencil pouch (no boxes please) 1
Number 2 pencils 2 packs
Pencil top erasers 2 packages
Glue sticks 1
Crayons or Colored Pencils – 24 count 1 box
boxMarkers- 10 count 1 box
Yellow Highlighters 2
Dry erase markers (any color-wide point) 1 pack
1 subject wide ruled spiral notebook 1
Composition notebooks 2
Wide ruled lose leaf paper 3 packs
Colored computer paper (neon) 2 packs
Colored card stock (any color) 1 pack
Solid Color Folder with side pockets (no center brads) 7
Fun/Decorative folders (any kind) 2
Unscented tissues 3 boxes
Hand Sanitizer (pump style) 1 bottle
Paper towels 1 roll
Band Aids 1 box
Clorox/Lysol Wipes 3 containers

Enrichment Materials

Spanish
  • 1 round end scissors
  • 1 box of crayons or colored pencils
  • 1 composition book (can be old but used pages may be ripped, last year notebook preferably)
  • 2 pocket folder. Please write the name of your child on the folder (can be old too)
  • 1 glue stick
  • Optional
  • 1 box of facial tissue
  • 1 pump hand sanitizer
  • 1 canister of cleaning wipes
Art
  • Black Paper- any size
  • Clorox/Lysol Wipes
  • Glue sticks
Music
  • Black folder