Third Grade Curriculum

Language Arts
Read at instructional level
Read independently
Word analysis: root words, prefixes, 
    suffixes, syllabication, context clues
Comprehension: details, main idea,
    cause and effect, making inferences
Vocabulary: idioms, synonyms,
    antonyms, homonyms

Pronunciation and usage
Discussion and conversation
Telephone courtesy
Introduction, directions
Variety of presentations

Assigned words
Spells correctly in written work

Courtesy and appreciation
Critical thinking: fact versus opinion,
    persuasive words, nonverbal clues

Transition from manuscript to cursive
Parts of speech
Types of sentences
Capitalization and punctuation
Composition: paragraphs, reports,
    letters, poetry, dialogue
Writing process: draft, write, edit,
    and revise

Study Skills and Reference
Alphabetizing to third letter
Test taking
Completing forms
Glossary, Dictionary, and Encyclopedia

Social Studies
Reading and understanding maps
    and globes
Communities: rural and urban
Interdependence and resources
Seventh-day Adventist outreach
Sources of food and clothing
Shelters of animals and people
History and development of
    transportation and communication
Holidays and customs
Groups: differences, values, rules,
    and customs
Pioneers and explorers
Careers and community services
United States geography (optional)
Geography and topography of local
Citizenship responsibilities


Practice drills
How computer works
Simulation games
Spell checker
Viewing and printing
Internal computer parts
Early computing devices
Electronic advances in computers
Keyboarding hand positions
Entering and editing text
Word Processing

Exploring His Power:
Through Creation
Through the Exodus
Through His presence: Desert Sanctuary
In the Promised Land: Jericho, Ark
Through people of power: Saul, David,
Through His protection: Jonah, Daniel
Through Miracles: Birth of Christ
Through Christ: Healing's, nature,
    over death
Through man: Pentecost, Saul's
Reverence for God and His Word

Primary and secondary colors
Tints and shades, warm and cool
3-D shapes
Color mixing
Elements and principles of design
Positive and negative space
Parallel and diagonal
Variety of form, color, texture, and shape
Cultural influences on art
Visual awareness: home community,
Acquaintance with well-known artists
    and their works
Natural and man-made art

Science & Health
Man: God's highest creation
Handling family crises, divorce, death
Heredity and learned behavior
Health habits
Animals: insects, birds, fish, mammals
Digestive system
God's natural laws: magnetism, inertia,
    friction, electricity, gravity
Solar system and space exploration
Signs of the end and New Earth
Scientific method



Physical Education
Motor skills: ball, balance, individual activities, relays,
    lead-up games for team sports
Fitness: testing, running, jogging, heart rate monitoring
Concepts: safety, rules of health,
movement principles, body systems
Positive attitudes: self-worth, self-control, responsibility
Interpersonal skills: cooperation,
sportsmanship, leadership

Praise and hymns
Reproduce simple rhythm
Like and unlike notation
Dynamics and tempo changes
Expressions in music
Stringed instruments
Classroom singing
6/8 Rhythm
Two-part rounds and canons
Whole, half, quarter note & rest
Dotted half note
Diminuendo and decrescendo
Children's musicals
Baroque, Romantic, 20th Century music

Reading and writing numbers and place value
Expanded notation
Rounding numbers
Division facts
Properties: associative, commutative
Addition and subtraction with regrouping
Word problems
Beginning Roman Numerals
Simple fractions and equivalents
Perimeter, area, volume
Time and money skills
Standard and metric measurement: linear,
    mass, temperature
Geometric figures
Collect, organize, and interpret data