3rd Grade

Curriculum Guide

Bible

Textbooks Used: Veritas Press Teacher’s Guide Judges through Kings, First Edition 2001

Course Description: A thorough biblical history covering the books of the Bible from Judges through Kings. The curriculum uses fact cards outlining different major stories and events from approximately 1500 BC until 400 BC. Students detail facts and answer comprehension questions based on each card and will do several synthesis projects throughout the year.

Objectives

• Understand that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior

• Understand major concepts, people, and events from Judges through Kings

• Understand concepts and themes from different Bible genres like historical writing, parables, proverbs, and psalms

• Memorize passages from Ruth, Judges, I and II Samuel Psalms, Proverbs, and I Kings

• Sing Bible Song and learn lyrics by heart

 

Language Arts

Textbooks Used: Teaching Writing: Structure & Style Syllabus & Seminar Workbook, 2010 Institute for Excellence in Writing, LLC; Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales, First Edition, 2008; Shurley English Level 3, 2007; Cursive Writing Skillbook 3, Fifth Edition, 2010

 Course Description: Many subjects are included within the Language Arts curriculum such as writing, grammar, and penmanship. Writing focuses on developing skilled writers through an organized system of outlining that focuses on sequential order. Students are exposed to narrative and expository forms and are encouraged to develop good order of topic sentences along with detailed paragraphs. Grammar focuses on understanding the order of sentences and the eight parts of speech. Penmanship reinforces the cursive writing curriculum of past years.

Objectives

• Develop beautiful penmanship through practice of cursive writing

• Understand developing sentence structure and all eight parts of speech

• Develop writing skills by outlining expository and narrative writings

 

Literature

Textbooks Used: Charlotte’s Web by White, Scholastic edition; The Boxcar Children by Warner, Albert Whitman & Co; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Robinson, Harper Collins Publishers; Pilgrim’s Progress Simplified, ABeka Book; Detectives in Togas by Winterfeld, Harcourt Books; Abeka Spelling & Poetry 3, 5th edition

Course Description: The literature adventure explored by third grade covers a wide range of classical stories including Charlotte’s Web, The Boxcar Children, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Detectives in Togas. Students discuss in depth the story elements of plot, setting, and characterization. Students also learn how to recognize, understand, and use figurative language such as metaphor, simile, inference, symbolism, and allegory.

 Objectives

• Understand elements of story sequence including the five points of plot: introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion

• Understand the impetus of story as the central problem and how the problem is resolved

• Understand how characters are developed and the use of characterization within the plot

• Identify setting as the where and when the story takes place

• Recognize universal symbols and understand how a symbol functions within an allegory

• Identify, understand, and implement the use of figurative language including metaphor and simile

• Use context to understand vocabulary

• Spell third grade level words correctly

 

Math

Textbooks Used: Primary Mathematics 3A & 3B, Standards Edition, Singapore Math

Course Description: Students are exposed to grade level mathematics through a series of learning experiences including pictorials, concrete, and abstract examples. Students use textbooks, workbooks, and math manipulatives to increase their mathematical understanding.

Objectives

• Understand numbers to 10,000

• Practice adding and subtracting ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands

• Practice multiplying and dividing ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands

• Master the multiplication tables of 1-5 and 10 and increase personal memorization of the multiplication tables of 6-9

• Increase understanding of estimation and probability

• Exposure to the units of measurement including length, weight, and capacity

• Practice using the order of operations with money

• Exposure to geometry including area, perimeter, and volume

 

History

Textbooks Used: New Testament Greece and Rome, Grade 3

Course Description: The New Testament Greece and Rome course leads students on an historical account of events from the Minoan Culture in 2200 BC until the end of the Roman Empire in 476 AD.

Objectives

• Develop an understanding of the chronological order of events in Ancient Greece and Roman history

• Investigate and explore the origins of civilizations that led to the building of the great cultures of Greece and Rome preparing the way for the coming of our Messiah

• Understand the framework of the government and treaties for establishing new societies

• Enhance maps skills and familiarity with geographical locations of discussion

 

Science

Textbooks Used: Science 4, Bob Jones University, third edition textbook and activity manual

Course Description: This course explores God’s hand in creation and how His absolute authority and order can be witnessed through the realm of creation and forces of the earth. Students work through the scientific method to discover God’s presence in the world around them. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and projects help develop a firm foundation of science applications.

 Objectives

• Understand God’s revelation of Himself through His creation

• Explore topics of living things, energy, gravity, the earth, and the body

• Understand the steps of the scientific method and can utilize them in experiments and explorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

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