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3rd Grade Curriculum


Purposeful Design
Our basic purpose is to guide students to grow in a relationship with Christ and to be grounded in and shaped by God's word. Third graders will study the life of Christ and the early church. Prayer, Bible memory, discussion, and Bible skills are incorporated into learning activities. Students enjoy attending a monthly chapel which includes worship and Bible teaching. 

Purposeful Design Thematic Strands: 

  • God tells us His great story in the Bible
  • God's word is truth
  • The great story is the gospel of Jesus Christ and our need of saving faith through Him. 
  • Knowledge, wisdom and understanding come from a life grounded in scriptures.
  • Knowing God's word is essential to becoming a disciple of Christ.

Language Arts

McGraw Hill Wonders: Literature Anthology
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Write Source
Easy Grammar, Wanda Phillips, Ed.D.

  • Reviews the phonics knowledge and skills developed in second grade
  • Continues to develop fluency
  • Utilizes fiction and nonfiction selections which are organized into meaning-based learning units, each of which revolves around compelling concepts from across the curriculum
  • Refines writing skills to communicate knowledge
  • Pursues personal and collaborative inquiry through study and research, identification and accessibility to needed information as well as communication opportunity with classmates
  • Class novels (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and "26 Fairmount Ave.")
  • Introduction to cursive handwriting
  • Study Skills/Test Taking Tips
  • Publishing own stories
  • Accelerated Reading
Typical Learning Centers:
  • Library Corner
  • Computer Center
  • Centers for Thematic Units and Novel Units
  • Writing/Spelling Centers
  • Book Reports
  • Research Paper


Eureka Math
Students will discover the why behind the math. We work to inspire "aha" moments and joyful connections. Teaching strategies are varied and include games, hands on manipulatives, drawing models, and guided practice. Students also practice develop math skills through IXL, a personalized learning site. Third graders will focus on the following topics:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking:
  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. 
  • Understand the properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division. 
  • Multiply and divide within 100
  • Solve problems involving the four operations and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic
Numbers and Operations
  • Round, read, write and compare numbers to 100,00
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers 
Measurement and Data
  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes and mass objects
  • Understand concepts of area and perimeter and relate to multiplication and to addition
  • Compare and classify quadrilaterals, polygons, and three dimensional figures
  • Continual practice using mental math, estimation, graphing, probability and statistics
  • Encourages algebra and geometry readiness
  • Consistent connections between math and language
  • Math vocabulary packets and tests
  • Accelerated Math program

Social Studies

Heritage Studies 3 for Christian Schools, Bob Jones University Press
Heritage Studies 3 for Christian Schools Workbook, Bob Jones University Press
  • Systematically integrates themes from our country
  • Development of the United States Constitution and branches of government
  • Exposure to American Indians and Westward expansion in America
  • Civil War
  • Covers the development of cities and present day economy
  • Explores the geographical, social and economic aspects of the world
  • Provides advanced experiences with maps, map reading and globes
  • Incorporates literature and biographies
Typical Multi-sensory Activities:
  • Field Trips
  • Videos
  • Guest Speakers
  • Special Seasonal Events
  • Patriotic Music


Science 3, BJU Press
Students will explore science through the lens of Biblical worldview. They will discover the living and nonliving parts of creation. They will exposed to scientific process skills such as observing, measuring, classifying, predicting, and communicating. Third graders will learn about animals, plants, matter, sound, the solar system, weather and cells. A variety of  teaching strategies will be implemented such as creating projects, conducting experiments, discussing videos, collaborating with peers, and building models. 

 Typical Multi-sensory Activities:
  • Fields Trips
  • Class Visits from Neighborhood Experts

Co-curricular Classes

  • Music
  • Spanish
  • PE
  • Library
  • Art
  • Technology
  • STEM