Lower & Intermediate Schools

Grade Three

Grade 3 cements the early introductions to A-Frame core academics and basic knowledge of the history, science, society, design, art, and technology that make up a young learner’s universe.

Grade 3 Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Third graders begin reading award-winning novels that help students better understand composition and self-expression. Reading workshops provide individually focused instruction through authentic reading experiences, while read-alouds expose students to fluent reading, higher-level thinking, reading strategies, and a variety of genres and literary styles.

  • WriteSteps program builds formal writing skills through the parts of speech and paragraph writing
  • Students journal daily and build vocabulary through studying novels and the Wordly Wise program
  • Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections for meaningful instruction and practice to increase spelling proficiency
  • Students learn to write cursive with accuracy and clarity by the end of the year

MATHEMATICS

The third grade mathematics program helps students think critically and develop their skills and enthusiasm for mathematics. Group activities, problem solving, and differentiated activities augment the program as students progress and accomplish new and exciting skills.

  • Singapore Math curriculum implemented through concrete, pictorial, and abstract steps
  • Spiral program structure in grades one through five allows students to gain a rich connection to process and procedure
  • New challenges in number theory, comparing and ordering numbers, data analysis, multiplication and division procedures, geometry, and order of operation

SCIENCE

The third grade science program actively blends content and experiences so students not only learn about science, but its relationship to their everyday lives. Students learn and practice the traditional scientific method (question, hypothesis, procedure, observation, and conclusion). New STEAM challenges develop essential skills like critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and more.

Curriculum includes:

  • Weather and climate
  • Life cycles and animal adaptation
  • Lego robotics
  • Force and motion
  • New STEAM activities

SOCIAL STUDIES

The third grade social studies program introduces students to the concepts of world, regional, and local geography, and how each impact their lives. Excitement is found in applying knowledge and skills to current events, and students are expected to participate in class discussions and both oral and written reports.

Curriculum includes:

  • Michigan history, landforms, natural resources and landmarks
  • The study and discussion of current events in a globalized society
  • Experiential learning through multiple field trips

Specials

ART

  • Artists and art styles
  • Art history
  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving and textiles

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER EDUCATION

  • Fables, parables, legends, and other stories
  • Holidays
  • Introduction to Old and New Testament
  • Study of biblical heroes

CREATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT

  • Awareness of body movement potential
  • Integration with science curriculum
  • Problem solving through choreographies
  • Movement vocabulary

FRENCH

  • Communication
  • Comparisons
  • Cross-curriculum connections
  • Cultures

LIBRARY AND MEDIA LITERACY

  • Research
  • Book selection
  • Characteristics of books
  • Library media procedures

MUSIC

  • Movement and choreography
  • Musical performance
  • Rhythm and tonal development
  • Use of recorders and Orff instruments

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Develop strong cardio, respiratory, muscular endurance, and flexibility
  • Participate in fun games, sport, and lifelong physical activities
  • Tie health to total wellness

TECHNOLOGY

  • Beginner coding and programming is introduced
  • Creative programs, visual literacy, and game-based learning are integrated into curriculum
  • Digital safety and citizenship
  • Lego robotics

General Information

STANDARDIZED TESTING

Grade 3 uses the ERB comprehensive Testing Program 4, a rigorously designed series of assessment in verbal and quantitative ability, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, writing mechanics and concepts, and mathematics.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • DNR Outdoor Adventure Center
  • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
  • Macomb Symphony Orchestra

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

  • Third Grade Musical
  • Buddy program
  • Chapel assembly
  • Christmas chapel giving
  • Community service
  • Creative arts movement presentations
  • Extracurricular activities, including arts and crafts, Catholic formation, chess club, golf, junior chef)
  • Field day
  • First grade musical
  • Garden classroom
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • Halloween parade
  • Soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and softball intramurals
  • Multi-age STEAM activities
  • Sea life performance
  • Special assemblies and celebrations

SPECIAL RESOURCES

  • Full-time school nurse
  • Learning resource specialist
  • Technology and learning specialist

TECHNOLOGY

  • Beginner coding and programming is introduced
  • Creative programs, visual literacy, and game-based learning are integrated into curriculum
  • Digital safety and citizenship
  • Lego robotics