3rd Grade

Catholic identity must and does permeate the curriculum guidelines, 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 contact Mrs. Andrea Allen, Associate Principal, [email protected]
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 differentiation for students while strengthening reading skills and confidence. The third graders learn the author’s purpose and point of view, through author studies.  Our third graders 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.


Michigan History - The third graders learn all about the history of our state. They learn about the Native Americans who first lived in our state, the first Europeans that arrived in Michigan, and how we became a state.  They also learn about the Michigan government and have the opportunity to visit Lansing, our state capitol.


Our third graders focus on the different ecosystems and show what they know by 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.


We choose books based on curriculum alignment, grade level appropriateness, and overall quality.