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Grade 3


3rd Grade Theme: Understanding that part of God's Kingdom is our membership in the Church. Students will have an age-appropriate understanding of the concepts in each of the following areas:

  • The Kingdom of God on earth is experienced through participation in the life of the Church.
  • We experience God's love through signs and symbols.
  • Individual decisions affect others as well as ourselves.
  • We live the Christian message in service to others.
  • The church community is related to our own lives.
  • Life is begun and nurtured in a loving family.
  • Catholic Terminology


Students will continue to review and pray the following:

  • The Sign of the Cross
  • The Our Father
  • The Hail Mary
  • Prayer to the Guardian Angel
  • Blessing with Holy Water
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Act of Contrition
  • Mass response

In addition to the prayers they have already learned students will begin to learn the following:

  • The Creed
  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit
  • The Rosary
  • Stations of the Cross

Enrichment Activities:

  • Art, music, dramatization, and oral reports
  • Celebration of each season of the Liturgical Year, feast days of the saints, and Holy Days in class and with the parish community.
  • Community and citizen building programs
  • Community outreach and stewardship
  • Venture (Gospel Weeklies, Faith Formation Program)
  • Faith Families

Language Arts

The third grade art curriculum is integrated throughout all subject areas. Literature is a main focus, and students read a variety of chapter books, informational text, and short stories throughout the year. The following is a list of skills that will ensure that all students meet with success:


Students understand the basic features of reading. They select letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They apply these skills to achieve fluent silent and oral reading.

  • Word analysis, fluency, and systematic vocabulary development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary response and analysis
  • Narrative analysis of grade-level-appropriate text
  • Independent reading
  • Technology


Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop into a central idea following the Step-Up-To-Writing program. Students progress through the stages of the writing process.

  • Writing strategies and the stages of the writing process
  • Writing applications (genres and their characteristics)
  • Evaluation and Revision
  • Sentence Structure
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation and capitalization
  • Spelling
  • Problem solving skills
  • Research and Technology
  • Penmanship

Listening and Speaking

Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication.

  • Critical listening skills
  • Comprehension
  • Organization and delivery of oral communication and oral presentations
  • Present a Mass reading in class

Resource and enrichment activities may include:

  • Differentiated assignments
  • Submitted work for possible publication
  • Technology
  • Art and Music
  • Step-Up-to-Writing
  • Drop Everything and Read
  • Daily Oral Language
  • Field Trips
  • Presentation of group of individual projects
  • Poetry reading and writing
  • Guest Author/Poet


Third grade students will further master their understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. They will use a variety of strategies to help solve word problems. Students will expand their skills with fractions, measurement, time, money, graphs, and geometry. They will also conduct simple probability experiments. Math curriculum in third grade includes:

  • Place value (reading and writing numbers up to 10,000)
  • Addition and subtraction facts memorized
  • Computation (addition and subtraction up to 4 digit numbers)
  • Multiplication (memorization of facts and show understanding of patterns and concepts)
  • Division (memorization of facts and show understanding of patterns and concepts)
  • Algebra and Functions (select the appropriate operation to make an expression true)
  • Geometry (identify figures and angles)
  • Measurement (length, liquid volume, weight/mass, perimeter, and area)
  • Time and money
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Understanding bar and picture graphs
  • Probability and Data Analysis
  • Estimating
  • Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning
  • God created our Universe with regular and predictable patterns.

Enrichment activities may include:

  • Technology
  • Small group and individual instruction
  • Math games and centers

Social Studies

Students in grade three learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which local, but also regional and national, governments and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society. Emphasis is on the physical and cultural landscape of California, including the study of American Indians, the subsequent arrival of immigrants and the impact they have had in forming the character of our contemporary society. The curriculum will include but not be limited to:

  • Map, globe, and graph, skills
  • American Indian nations in California
  • Impact immigrants had on California's landscape, economy, culture, and religion.
  • Rules and laws of the United States government
  • Understanding of the local economy

Enrichment Activities:

  • Field trip to Indian Grinding Rock
  • Special projects and presentations
  • Art
  • Technology
  • Guest Speakers


God created the universe, all within and is ever present throughout the 3rd grade science curriculum. Students will have an age appropriate understanding of each of the following:

Physical Science

God created energy and matter in their multiple forms. They can be changed from one form to another. As a basis for understanding this concept, students learn about:

  • Machines and living things store and convert energy
  • Energy can be carried from one place to another
  • Matter
  • Evaporation
  • Atoms

Jesus is the light of the world. Light is a source and travels in a direction.

  • Sunlight
  • Reflections and refractions
  • Shadows

Life Science

God created plants and animals to have adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism's chance for survival.

  • Plants and animals
  • Live in different environments
  • Living things cause change in the environment
  • Adaptation and Extinction

Earth Science

God created our universe with objects in the sky that move in regular and predictable patterns.

  • Stars and seasons
  • Moon cycle
  • Planets
  • Sun's position during the day and from season to season

Investigation and Experimentation

Science progress is made by asking meaningful questions and concluding careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

  • Repeat observations
  • Differentiate evidence from option
  • Use numerical data
  • Predict outcome
  • Collect data

Enrichment Activities

  • Technology
  • Art
  • Field Trips
  • Speakers
  • Cooperative group presentations
  • Audio visual

Field Trips and Events

  • September - Indian Grinding Rock field trip
  • October – Letters to service men and women
  • November – Third grade students participate in Veteran's Day Assembly, and third grade visits New West Haven (assisted living facility) for Thanksgiving performance.
  • December – Field trip to the play "The Quiltmaker's Gift"
  • January – Catholic Schools Week (students welcome new families)
  • February – Valentine's Day visit to New West Haven (assisted living facility)
  • May – Field trip to El Dorado County Farm Day