3rd Grade

Catholic identity must and does permeate the curriculum guidelines, the instruction, and assessments. Curriculum guidelines provide a template for teachers to provide instruction, and assessments demonstrate that learners have achieved unsurpassed academic success. A process of continuous improvement ensures that curriculum guidelines are regularly examined and updated or revised where needed. For more detailed curriculum information, please visit olsorrows.com or contact Mrs. Andrea Allen, Associate Principal, aallen@olsorrows.com


In third grade, through studying the development of salvation history, students become immersed in the life of Jesus and develop a deeper understanding of God's loving plan and how they are a part of His plan. Our students participate in prayer services throughout the liturgical year, participate in adoration, and celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation regularly.



Students use the Wonders curriculum which provides which provides differentiation for students while strengthening reading skills and confidence. The third graders learn author’s purpose and point of view, through author studies.  Our third grades also enjoy myths and fairy tales, and begin to explore literary terms through poetry.  They are exposed to many different literary works to improve their reading skills and strategies.  The students have lots of fun reading to earn leveled buttons in Accelerated Reader.

Our third graders study English grammar including the parts of speech, sentence structure, and word study. Students also begin diagramming sentences in grammar studies. Our third graders write short stories, personal narratives, journal writing, book reports, letters, informational writing, creative writing, and biographies.


People and Communities - The third graders learn all about people and their communities. They discover how physical location, geography, and natural resources affect the culture, food, and dress of a group of people. They also investigate how communities change over time. Our children enjoy interpreting and creating timelines to reinforce the concept of change over time.


Our third graders focus on the different ecosystems and show what they know through creating dioramas. Hands-on projects and experiments bring abstract science concepts alive for our little scientists. They discover everything there is to know from the tundra to the tropics! Students also explore life science, physical science, earth science, and the human body systems through content area reading and experimentation.


In third grade, students work on multiplication and division to 100. Students also learn about basic fractions and decimals. Students continue to improve their critical thinking skills through problem solving, word problems, and graphs. The students develop and master the concepts of place value through millions, expanded and standard form, counting patterns, ordering six digit numbers, rounding to 10, 100, 1000, rounding money, common factors, divisibility by 2, 5, and 10, decimal concepts, fraction concepts, integers, money, adding and subtracting with regrouping, five digit division, multiplication, problem solving strategies, adding and subtracting fractions and decimals, and tables, charts, and graphs.


The textbooks we use are evaluated on a five year cycle. We choose books based on curriculum alignment, grade level appropriateness, and overall quality.