In third grade,
students are challenged to become independent thinkers and learners. Students
are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills as they approach tasks and
Fundamental strategies in language arts, especially in
writing instruction, help equip students with the skills needed for writing
lengthy research papers in the upper grades. An overview of the third
grade core curriculum follows. If you desire particulars of the entire
curriculum, please click on the Curriculum Map.
Third grade students “discover the
dots” of the New Testament. Lessons and weekly memory verses provide students
with opportunities to consider the ways that God fully expressed his grace and
mercy through the person of Jesus. Students also consider some of the major
stories from the book of Acts that reveal how the early Christians followed the
example of Christ in the ways they loved one another and grew in community and
In third grade, language arts contributes greatly to the academic
rigor of the student. Students continue their development in spelling,
grammar, and reading comprehension through novel studies of different types of
literature. Students are taught the writing process using the ERB Writing Rubric.
This process prepares students for consistent writing instruction across grade
levels and subject areas.
grade students are taught mathematics utilizing a research-based curriculum
called Everyday Math. The Everyday
Math program is a spiral curriculum, which visits content strands more than
once during a school year. The content strands remain consistent from grade to
grade, while increasing in the degree of difficulty in an age-appropriate
manner. Each grade level has grade-specific goals tied to the content strands.
The science curriculum in third grade contains the following elements:
Simple Machines and Inventions - Students
explain how simple machines help people, define terms, identify important inventors,
research one, and prepare a presentation.
The Human Body - Students
explain what nutrients the body needs, understand body systems, identify major
bones, and explain how muscles work.
Caves - Students
will understand cave formation, cave life forms, and the differences between
stalactites and stalagmites.
third grade social studies program emphasizes listening, reading, writing, and
emergent research skills. Content areas addressed are: Tennessee history;
United States regions, states, and capitols; National landmarks and symbols.