Third Grade Overview

THIRD GRADE

Third graders continue to mature academically as they progress in their lessons as well as learn socially and spiritually.  What a delight to watch as these young people expand their abilities and try their wings with many new adventures.  Third graders become much more independent as they progress through the year.

Bible
We use Walking with God and His People Grade 3 by Christian Schools International (CSI). In this text students begin to study the Old Testament with a focus on what it means to be made in God’s image. The lessons help students to identify their identity in Christ as well as their relationship with God, and what that identity promises and requires. During the study of the Old Testament, students learn of God’s characteristics, life holiness, justice, mercy, and love.  As a school we have quarterly memory work which is recited at both fall and spring concerts. We also participate in monthly elementary chapel services.

Language Arts
Reading
Third graders use the Bob Jones University Press series.  This series combines basic phonics and a wide variety of interesting stories, historical fiction, biographies, fables, folk tales, non-fiction articles and poetry.  Each lesson includes a variety of skills emphasizing comprehension, vocabulary development, study skills, decoding new words, and literature.  Book Links are used to reinforce concepts learned throughout the year. 
Spelling & Vocabulary
Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry 3 by Abeka is used for spelling.  The focus at the third grade level is to solidify sound-letter relationships including basic alternate spellings, employ visual strategies in learning to spell, expand the difficulty of the words to several syllables, and use the spelling words in context. Weekly spelling tests are given that include vocabulary words used during weekly reading assignments.

Grammar
We use the Bob Jones’ English 3 for third grade. This text emphasizes traditional grammar as well as a focus on writing in alternating chapters. Parts of speech, punctuation and creative writing are taught. Students will use the writing process to complete eight writing assignments such as compare-contrast essay, game instruction, and book reports.  MVCA students participate in community wide writing contests.

Oral Interpretation
In the spring the third grade students participate in a speech festival.

Math
The Abeka curriculum introduces students to math concepts and problem-solving strategies. Students learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, time, money, graphs, customary measurements and geometry.  Students begin memorizing multiplication facts with factors to 12.  Third grade students participate in the ACSI Math Olympics Contest each year.

Science
The textbook used for third grade science is published by Christian Schools International (CSI) and this text enriches and deepens each child’s knowledge and understanding of God’s world. Science is best learned through hands-on activities and scientific experiments, so students at MVCA are active and engaged in their science studies.  Units covered include:  Scientific Investigations, Investigating the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems, Plants, Forces and Electricity, Heat and Temperature, Soil, Natural Resources, and Investigating Structures.

Heritage Studies
The text for third grade Heritage Studies is published by Bob Jones Press and entitled, “Sweet Land of Liberty, The Growing Spirit of Growing America”.  It relates in understandable language the story of America from the framing of the Constitution up until the days of the Wild West. Students will discover key moments including the Civil War, and interesting traditions of our nation’s history. Exciting activities provide students with an outlet for the facts they learn such as building a model log cabin, folding the American flag, learning early American songs, and making musical instruments.  Each month the students also receive a copy of God’s World News.  It provides current news and interesting information for children - biblically, appropriately, and vibrantly - so they can grow in their understanding that God has the whole world in His hands

Art
MVCA uses an art curriculum called Meet the Masters.  This program provides interactive, multi-media art education introducing students to such artists as Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh with a total of 35 master artists studied by the 6th grade.  Besides Meet the Masters students enjoy creating their own original projects required within the regular classroom curriculum.

Computer
Formal computer instruction in the computer lab is scheduled twice a week. Students will develop skills on both laptops (Windows) and iPads (iOS).  MVCA utilizes an on-line computer curriculum designed to teach students essential grade-appropriate digital literacy skills.

Music
Music instruction with a music teacher is scheduled twice each week.  The children are involved in two programs throughout the year including a Christmas musical and spring program.  MVCA students enjoy the Growing in Grace music curriculum.  Growing in Grace is age appropriate, thematic, and interactive.  With understandable texts, singable melodies, and interesting accompaniments, Growing in Grace helps each MVCA student develop his or her natural singing skills, increase in musical knowledge, and grow spiritually

Science

The textbook used for third grade science is published by Christian Schools International (CSI) and this text enriches and deepens each child’s knowledge and understanding of God’s world. Science is best learned through hands-on activities and scientific experiments, so students at MVCA are active and engaged in their science studies.  Units covered include:  Scientific Investigations, Investigating the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems, Plants, Forces and Electricity, Heat and Temperature, Soil, Natural Resources, and Investigating Structures.

Heritage Studies

The text for third grade Heritage Studies is published by Bob Jones Press and entitled, “Sweet Land of Liberty, The Growing Spirit of Growing America”.  It relates in understandable language the story of America from the framing of the Constitution up until the days of the Wild West. Students will discover key moments including the Civil War, and interesting traditions of our nation’s history. Exciting activities provide students with an outlet for the facts they learn such as building a model log cabin, folding the American flag, learning early American songs, and making musical instruments.  Each month the students also receive a copy of God’s World News.  It provides current news and interesting information for children - biblically, appropriately, and vibrantly - so they can grow in their understanding that God has the whole world in His hands.

Art

MVCA uses an art curriculum called Meet the Masters.  This program provides interactive, multi-media art education introducing students to such artists as Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh with a total of 35 master artists studied by the 6th grade.  Besides Meet the Masters students enjoy creating their own original projects required within the regular classroom curriculum.

Computer

Formal computer instruction in the computer lab is scheduled twice a week. Students will develop skills on both laptops (Windows) and iPads (iOS).  MVCA utilizes an on-line computer curriculum designed to teach students essential grade-appropriate digital literacy skills.

Music

Music instruction with a music teacher is scheduled twice each week.  The children are involved in two programs throughout the year including a Christmas musical and spring program.  MVCA students enjoy the Growing in Grace music curriculum.  Growing in Grace is age appropriate, thematic, and interactive.  With understandable texts, singable melodies, and interesting accompaniments, Growing in Grace helps each MVCA student develop his or her natural singing skills, increase in musical knowledge, and grow spiritually.

Physical Education

Physical education instruction with a teacher is scheduled twice each week.

Library

Third grade students visit the MVCA library weekly.  Students have the opportunity to check out books.  MVCA utilizes an on-line library system to track books and parents are able to use this same system from home.

Special Events

Third grade students take two scheduled field trips each year.  In the fall the whole school visits the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  During the final month of school the third grade students will travel either to Madison, SD or DeSmet, SD.  In Madison, SD they visit Prairie Village and in DeSmet, SD they view the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Additional field trips that coincide with the third grade curriculum are taken throughout the school year.  Guest speakers are invited into the classroom to share their expertise as it relates to the third grade curriculum.  Other special events include an oral interpretation festival in the fall, Count Down to Christmas, Bookworm and Math Facts Contest in the spring, and Field Day.

Note:  To adequately provide in-depth and complete knowledge of Bible, science, and heritage studies, these curriculums are alternated each year.  Meaning, the third grade curriculum will be used for instruction while the fourth grade curriculum is utilized the following year and vice versa.  By the end of the fourth grade students will have a solid, comprehensive, and enriched understanding of third and fourth grade standards.

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