Lower School

Grade Three

Grade 3 cements the early introductions to 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

Reading and writing skills are tackled with vigor and catered to each student’s personal learning style through the DailyCafe literacy framework. Daily 5 is a way of structuring reading in the classroom so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks will have a big impact on students’ reading and writing achievements and will continue to foster the children who already love to read and write.

  • Daily 5 literacy program creates highly engaged readers, writers and learners
  • Reading of award-winning novels help students better understand composition and self expression.
  • Worldly Wise 3000 program to develop student vocabulary skills
  • Daily journaling to develop writing composition and grammar skills
  • Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections for meaningful instruction and practice to increase spelling proficiency
  • Zaner-Bloser Cursive Handwriting

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. Our Singapore Math curriculum is implemented through concrete, pictorial and abstract steps. A spiral program structure in Grades 1-5 allows students to gain a rich connection to process and procedure.

Concepts introduced:

  • Numbers to 10,000
  • Mental calculation
  • Comparing money values
  • Multiplication tables 6-9
  • Units of time
  • Data analysis
  • Geometry
  • Area, perimeter and volume

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

VISUAL ARTS

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

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER EDUCATION

  • GPA Character Development program
  • Holidays
  • Biblical text and stories
  • Study of biblical heroes

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, sports and lifelong physical activities
  • Tie health to total wellness

TECHNOLOGY

  • Keyboarding skills
  • 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.

POSSIBLE FIELD TRIPS

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

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

  • Buddy program
  • Chapel assembly
  • Christmas Chapel Giving assembly
  • Community service
  • After-school activities like Arts and Crafts, Catholic Formation, Chess Club, TGA Golf and Junior Chefs
  • Field Day
  • Class play/musical
  • Garden classroom
  • Grandparent’s and Special Friends’ Day
  • Halloween parade
  • Soccer, basketball, floor hockey and softball intramurals
  • Multi-age STEAM activities
  • Special assemblies and celebrations

SPECIAL RESOURCES