Third Grade Curriculum

BIBLE

Our Bible series is One in Christ by Concordia Publishing.  Bible stories are taught and children memorize scripture verses weekly.  Chapel is every Wednesday at 8:40 a.m.  Because we are a Christ-centered school, all activities, behaviors, and discussions will be subject to our Christian view.  God makes Himself known through math, English, art, music, recess, etc. Please join us if you can.

MATH

This year grades kindergarten through sixth will be using the new EnVision math series by Pearson. This series aligns with Common Core Standards. It also leads us into a digital age of curriculum. Each student will have their own online information to access their full student book. There are also other resources online that you as parents will have access to. We will continue with math facts in a flash this year.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Houghton Mifflin’s Communities gives an overview of American culture for Social Studies.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The Houghton Mifflin English series sets its focus on teaching grammar skills through student writing.  This is an integrated, phonics based approach to reading, organized in thematic clusters, encompassing spelling and English.  Book reports (one each trimester) will be assigned in various categories such as biography, mystery, animal stories, and fiction/fantasy.  We will explore different methods of book reporting designed to ease the children into the idea of reading for various purposes.  Opportunities are given for the development of public speaking skills.  Victory Drill (70 w.p.m.) will be used four times a week. Grades kindergarten through six will be using the writing series, Step Up To Writing. This will compliment our Language Arts series and give us structured approach to writing skills.

COMPUTER

Primary classrooms are equipped with computers. In addition, grades 2 and 3 will use the computer lab to learn keyboarding. They will use Mavis Beacon to practice twice a week. They may also use the lab to take AR quizzes, and practice Math Fact in a Flash.

SPANISH, ART

Spanish (2x/week) and Art (1x/week) classes will be taught by the classroom teacher. Northern Arizona University brings us the Spanish program. Praises Through Art master prints have a dual focus: teaching children about master artists and giving the students new ways of looking and expressing their own feelings about their world

COMMUNICATION

Home and school communication is a vital link to your child having a successful school experience at St. Peter’s. It takes all of us working together to provide for your child. Each class has a class page on Sycamore School Management Systems. Each Friday the events and curriculum for the next week, (Friday notes), will be posted on the class page and also emailed to your address. You can communicate with your child’s teacher on Sycamore through the PAN (Pass A Note) system or email. The teacher will respond within 24 business hours. Please use this feature whenever you can. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher to return your call.

Your Friday notes and Sycamore pages are the best way to know what is happening in your child’s school life. Your child will also bring home an envelope on Friday which will include previous finished work and the homework packet for the coming week.

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