Overview of the Third Grade Curriculum

Overview of the Third Grade Curriculum and Curriculum by Trimester

Religion – The third grade program presents the main truths Catholics believe and express in the Creed. The children will realize that they are called to belong to a faith community, the Church. They will develop a clearer, deeper faith in their study of God as revealed in creation, His dealings with the chosen people, and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The children will also learn the basic prayers required of them to know by third grade as well as praying the rosary. I will provide the rosaries.

Language Arts – The Language Arts Curriculum define five separate strands which are interdependent and are meant to work together to inform and enrich each other. In the continuum of the Language Arts Curriculum the following goals have been established: Read fluently with comprehension; Write  clearly, concisely and organize language in content and form; Speak clearly, concisely and organize language that varies in content and form for different audiences and purposes; Listen actively to information from a variety of sources and situations; Access, view, evaluate and respond to print, non-print, and electronic and technological resources. Therefore in Third grade, Reading, English, Phonics, and Writing textbooks and resources will all be integrated and correlated when I plan their lessons throughout the year.

Mathematics – The goal of our Mathematics program is to help students become mathematical problem-solvers and grow confident in their mathematical abilities; learn to value mathematics, to reason and to communicate mathematically; make mathematical connections and apply to real-life situations and other areas of the curriculum. Third Grade Mathematics will involve learning about place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, statistics and probability, measurement and time, geometry, fractions and decimals. It is important that the third graders are proficient with the basic addition and subtraction facts up to 10. If they haven’t memorized these facts yet, please encourage them to do so. It will help them a lot in transitioning to multiplication and division.

Social Studies – The third grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on developing a geographical and historical understanding of Communities. The students will learn democratic citizenship and learn about our government.

Science – Students learn science concepts most effectively through a balance of hands on activities and solid content knowledge. The Third Grade Science Program involves learning about Life Science (this includes life cycles and roles of living things); Physical Science (this involves Matter, Energy and Forces); Earth Science (Natural resources, weather. rocks, water) and  Space and Technology (this includes the solar system and technology). During the year, I may request for certain materials to be brought in to class for certain lessons and activities, as well as completing individual projects.

Specials –The following specials continue to enrich the students’ learning and development: Physical Education, Computer, Art, Music, and World Language (Spanish).

For more information about the curriculum, please log on to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark website at rcan.org  or go to the  Hoboken Catholic Academy website.