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Third Grade Curriculum

Phonics and Reading:

Review of phonetic rules as necessary. Spelling words are grouped according to rules.

An introduction to critical reading, with selections from class children’s literature. Novels and a basal reader are used. Students identify details, cause and effect relationships, story structure, and separate fact from fiction.

Memorization includes weekly poems and special reports.

Monthly book reports are required from supplemental reading.


Grammar topics include types of sentences; simple subjects and predicates; compound sentences; nouns: common, proper, possessive; verbs: action, linking, helping, tenses, agreement; paragraph planning; adjectives; adverbs; pronouns: subject, possessive; prepositions and prepositional phrases; and conjunctions.


Writing assignments emphasize the construction of introductions and conclusions in creative and expository composition; introduce more advanced techniques like dialogue; specify format for: thank you note, friendly letter, invitation, envelope; demonstrate use of colorful words in descriptive and directional paragraphs; discuss how to edit written work; introduce use of the thesaurus; and require a research paper.


Cursive letter formation is reviewed and attention is placed on slant and spacing.


Students master the multiplication tables; develop proficiency with multiple-digit addition and subtraction, two- and three-digit multiplication, and division with double-digit divisors; and solve story problems that involve whole number operations, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals. Equivalent fractions are studied. In geometry and measurement, students learn units of length, area, volume, weight, and time; measure area and volume; interpret bar, circle, and picture graphs with units greater than one; and engage in mental math questions. Saxon Math 54 is used.

Logic and Computers:

Students increase vocabulary with additional antonyms and synonyms, determine word meaning in context using synonym and definition clues, determine the order of details in a selection, distinguish between fact and opinion, identify an invalid statement in a selection, determine an appropriate conclusion, distinguish between parts and a whole, divide sets, determine connotation of synonyms and antonyms, complete analogies, and use map-reading skills.

Social Studies:

TEXTBOOK: Discovering Utah (Smith)

The history of Utah is discussed from Lake Bonneville times through prehistoric peoples, Indians, mountain men, the Mormon Trail, the beginning settlements to modern times.


Topics include: plant parts and reproduction, animal behaviors (reflex, instinct, learned), adaptations for survival, good health habits, properties of oceans and seas, fossil records, solar system, composition of the Earth, properties of sound and light, static and current electricity, and magnets and electricity.

Wild Goose science lab allows hands-on experiments relating to the mentioned topics.


Basic theory and rhythms will be introduced, a variety of songs will allow enjoyment and appreciation, and preparation for school programs involves staging.


Additional items are drawn from basic shapes introduced daily.

Seasonal projects use cutting, weaving, modeling; art composition and color coordination are discussed; art concepts will be introduced in conjunction with learning about famous artists.

Physical Education:

A general program of fitness and interaction. Activities previously learned are applied to team sports, rules involved are taught, and sportsmanship is stressed. Presidential and National physical fitness requirements will be practiced throughout the year and passed off as proficiency develops.

Skiing is enjoyed by the school group in the winter for six weekly sessions.