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Primary Curriculum

Third Grade Curriculum

Religion

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Course Description:

Grade Three Religion develops the student's understanding of God's plan for the salvation of mankind. It begins with Creation and covers the Incarnation, the redemptive act of the Crucifixion, and the birth of the Church at Pentecost.  The course introduces the student to the fullness of our life in the Church. It shows how man begins to use his gifts in cooperation with God's plan for mankind and His Church. Special emphasis is placed on the two most important Sacraments in the Church, illustrating their relationship to each other and to the salvific mission of the Church.  In this year the study of the Mass begins. The student sees it first as a sacrifice and then as a means for unifying Christ's Church Militant.  The student will also look at the family as the environment God has created to form us in his image and likeness, and the importance of family prayer to gain the strength needed to meet the challenges facing us.

Reading

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Third Grade Reading uses The Catholic National Reader, Book Three as the primary reader. The reading program is based on mutual response: teacher reading & students listening; student reading & teacher & other students listening. Vocal reading skill is to be practiced and developed; the child should read orally every day.  The Catholic National Reader is quite challenging so if necessary, proceed more slowly than the course plans suggest.  It is not unusual for a student to be reading the book that is a year below his grade level.

Through this course, the student will understand how learning develops from good reading habits, be able to identify and describe what takes place and the point or objective of the author, continue to develop a love of reading, strengthen his vocabulary skills by reading and learning new words from the books read, and improve composition skills in writing book reports.

Phonics

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Third Grade Phonics brings the student into alphabetic sequence, all positions of consonants, hard and soft 'c' and 'g', short and long vowels, consonant blends, recognition of syllables, diphthongs, prefixes, and word types.  The student will also look at prefixes, base words, and suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, homographs, and dictionary skills.  Phonics C begins with easy material, and the child should be able to complete most of the work with very little help.  Much in the phonics book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling. 

English Grammar

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If your student has done Kolbe Academy 's English 2, it is recommended that he skip Voyages in English 3 and go on to Voyages in English 4.  If this is the case, refer to the description for 4th grade material.

The teaching of English is cumulative.  In Grade Three the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it.  Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student's reading, composition, spelling, and phonics.

The student should be expected to memorize many definitions, words, and lists in this book.  The student should also have a notebook especially for written composition and that he will write a paragraph in it every day.  This course should be supplemented with readings in literature, with quarterly or semester book reports completed on these readings.

Topics covered include the 4 types of sentences, with appropriate punctuation, writing paragraphs, letters, and book reports, irregular verbs, poetry, dictionary skills, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, capitalization, and contractions.

Spelling

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Grade Three Spelling develops the student's capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in the dictionary, understand and remember the definitions of words, and understand the parts of speech of the listed words.  A child's dictionary is necessary.  At first using the dictionary is challenging for most children, but the more it is used the easier it becomes.  It is great preparation for the future grades.  If your student needs more of a challenge, words from The Catholic National Reader can be assigned in addition to those in the weekly lists.

History

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Third Grade History uses The Catholic Bible Story Workbook.  It is a wonderful at-level history for third grade, but is enhanced when the child reads from a child's Bible the stories corresponding to the lessons in the text.  This course aims to familiarize the student with the great figures and scriptures of the Old and New Testament; to help the student become more familiar with the flow of history and the chronological relationships between events; and continue to introduce the student to cultural and historical perspectives that will help him recognize and criticize the assumptions of our own age from a Catholic standpoint.

Topics covered from the Old Testament include creation, the tower of Babel , Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus, Joshua, Samson, Ruth, David and Goliath, Solomon, Jonah, and Daniel in the lion's den.  From the New Testament, the student will look at the Annunciation and birth of Jesus, the finding in the temple, John the Baptist, the apostles, the wedding at Cana, the sermon on the mount, the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and his appearance on the road to Emmaus.

Geography

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Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in 3rd grade: Using a Globe, Maps, Intermediate Directions, A Map Grid and Map Index, Map Key and Map Scale, Picturing the United States, Picturing North America, Transportation Routes, Road Map of South Dakota, Waterways of the United States, Physical Map of Colorado, Physical Map of Arizona, Physical Map of Minnesota, Physical Map of Massachusetts, Physical Map of Hawaii, The Pacific Region of the United States, The Southwest Region of the United States, The Northeast Region of the United States, The Southeast Region of the United States, The Statue of Liberty, The White House, Weather Map, Oregon's Forests, Ten Largest Cities in Wyoming, A County Fair, Product Map of Wisconsin, Living in a Community, Community Services, The Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, Tourist Map of California, Minerals of Alaska, The Lewis and Clark Trail, Neighborhood Plan

 

FAMILIES HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR FIFTH GRADE HISTORY

Mathematics (Option 1, Singapore Math(R))

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Primary Mathematics 3 (Standards Edition) is an objective-based curriculum that aids students in their mathematical problem solving skills both in practical and abstract concepts.  The third grade curriculum has a significant emphasis on applications and problem solving strategies. Lessons begin with a concrete representation of a concept, followed by pictorial representation and finally a symbolic representation of the general or abstract concept so that students will achieve mastery of each concept and be able to apply the abstract ideas to a range of practical problem solving situations. Reasoning and understanding patterns and concepts are emphasized throughout the course. It is hoped that students will develop important logic and reasoning skills that will be invaluable in future mathematics courses and throughout life.

 

Mathematics (Option 2, MCP Math)

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Grade Three Mathematics is directed to expanding the principles of the four functions that were begun in the second grade: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  These four functions are the underpinnings of all that will be studied in arithmetic. Essentially, the course will involve the use of both inductive and deductive activities.

Modern Curriculum Press Mathematics C begins with reviews of what the student has already learned.  It then covers place values and recognition to 1,000,000, money, rounding and estimation, addition and subtraction up to 4-digit numbers, time to the quarter of an hour, perimeter and volume, temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius, meter and liquid measures, multiplication and division facts through 9, multiplication of 1-digit by 2 and 3-digit numbers, area, geometric solids, angles, division with remainders, averages, fractions through 1/12, and decimals.

Science

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*Harcourt Science, 4th Grade is used in both 3rd and 4th grade

Course Description:

Third Grade Science is a basic introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences.  The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God's world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues in depth science in later years.  Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations alongside the reading of the textbook.

The Harcourt Science series has the availability of several online learning tools to anyone who purchases the textbook.  The first is provided by the publisher, Harcourt.  There are several supplementary activities for the student and teacher on this website.  Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  This website allows you to select the topic you are studying in the book, and will take you to a page of selected website links that can help you to enhance and further develop the topics that your child is studying.  The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text itself.

Topics covered include in Life Science: cells, animals, plants, and fungi; animal growth and adaptations, animal needs, anatomy, and behavior; plant growth and adaptations, plant needs to live, structure, and reproduction; and human body systems, including skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and digestive.  Topics in Earth Science include causes and formations of earthquakes and volcanoes, the formation of fossils, and fossil fuels; in Physical Science, the student will look at the states and measurement of matter and its chemical and physical changes; heat, heat transfer, and thermal energy; sound and sound waves; and light.