Third Grade Curriculum

Language Arts


  • Develop oral language skills
  • Decoding phonics
  • Develop understanding of word features, meanings, and usage: vocabulary
  • Creative thinking strategies: recall, inference analysis, synthesis, evaluation, visualization, self-questioning, summarization, and prediction
  • Experience a wealth of literature through reading and listening


  • Understand language growth: affixes, prefixes, compound words, phonics
  • Use the dictionary
  • Learn about sentences
  • Recognize, explain and apply the use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
  • Develop creative writing skills: writing process, types of writing, effective writing
  • Correct use of punctuation marks


  • Correctly use core spelling words in daily writing and on formal tests
  • Identify the correct spelling of words
  • Use spelling resources


  • Refine manuscript skills
  • Reintroduce cursive skills
  • Write legibly


  • Use objects to develop understanding
  • Compare, order, round and estimate 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers
  • Solve problems of time and money
  • Integrate mental math
  • Add, subtract 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers with and without trading
  • Make and read graphs
  • Data analysis, statistics, and probability
  • Solve problems using a calculator
  • Explore algebra
  • Estimate, measure and compare standard and metric measurements
  • Acquire basic multiplication and division facts for problem solving and application
  • Classify geometric figures
  • Introduce concept of fractions and decimals


  • Examine how living things interact with their environment and with each other to change and adapt to different ecosystems
  • Classify organisms into groups based on similar structures
  • Compare and contrast the different states of matter
  • Demonstrate energy forms of sound and light
  • Distinguish between physical and chemical changes
  • Describe physical and chemical weathering processes and relate these to soil formation
  • Compare and contrast characteristics of major and minor land forms
  • Distinguish the sun and moon by comparing their physical features, sizes, and locations relative to Earth
  • Describe the revolution and rotation within the Sun-Earth-Moon system


  • Theme: The Church is a loving community of believing friends of the Risen Jesus
  • Understand that baptized people are called Church
  • Understand that Jesus was a human begin like us in every way except sin
  • Deepen sense of identity with humility and divinity of Jesus
  • Introduce the meaning of Christian morality
  • Understand how Jesus continues to live in the Church by His Spirit
  • Introduce two main parts of the Bible and how to find Scripture passages
  • Participate more fully in Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist
  • Become aware of the gift of forgiveness
  • Saint Thomas Chastity Curriculum for Third Grade

Social Studies

  • Acquire map and globe skills
  • Identify similarities and differences in communities and throughout the world
  • Recognize and understand natural resources and their importance
  • Compare the past and present of specific communities
  • Understand how to be a part of a community
  • Explain how transportation, communication, technology, etc. connect a community
  • Identify and compare forms of transportation
  • Understand responsibilities of citizens
  • Introduce functions of local, state, and federal government
  • Use graphs and multiple resources to obtain information