Third grade religion presents the main truths Catholics believe and express in the creed. The students learn the mysteries of revelation, the priceless heritage of the Catholic faith, and the means by which they can live what they believe.

Students are led to realize that they are called to belong to a faith community, the Church. They are helped to develop a clearer, deeper faith in their study of God as revealed in creation, his dealings with the chosen people, and the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

The program leads students to:

  • Appreciate their faith as a gift from God.
  • Know and understand the basic doctrines of the Faith as they appear in the Creed.
  • Put their trust in our good and loving Father.
  • Desire to share their faith with others.
  • Acquire habits that deepen their faith, and integrate Gospel vales into their daily lives.
  • Friendship
  • understand "For the Sake of God’s Children"
  • Learn The Apostles’ Creed


Comprehension—Students will understand what is read with increasing proficiency and confidence. Students will:

  • Identify main idea and supporting details.
  • Read for a purpose; tell fact from opinion, compare different texts, recognize point of view.
  • Draw a conclusion.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Use inference to make generalizations.
  • Predict outcomes.

Decoding/Phonics—Students will use a variety of decoding strategies. Students will:

  • Recognize and distinguish regular and irregular vowels.
  • Recognize vowel digraphs.
  • Understand syllabication and syllabication rules.
  • Use context clues and phonics to decode words.

Attitudes/Behaviors—Students will view himself/herself as a reader. Students will:

  • Read a variety of literature.
  • Share ideas with others.
  • Use table of contents, keywords, and index to access information.
  • Read independently for an extended period.

Writing Process —Students will write for a reason. Students will:

  • Alphabetize to the fourth letter.
  • Use the basic rules of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and structure in final works.
  • Introduce and implement the five-step writing process (planning, drafting, editing, proofreading, and publishing).
  • Write a composition on a single topic.
  • Write a variety of book reports.
  • Use a dictionary and glossary to locate definitions to fit context.
  • Use correct form in letter writing.

Oral Language—Students will expand listening and speaking skills. Students will:

  • Participate in group discussions. Speak clearly, at proper volume, and at a reasonable rate when making presentations.
  • Summarize a story to include important details.
  • Participate in choral reading.

Social Studies

Geography—Students will study general geographical principles. Students will:

  • Use maps and globes. Read a map using key, symbols, scale, and compass rose.
  • Locate and identify continents, oceans, and hemispheres on a world map.
  • Recognize other physical features of the earth.
  • Use latitude and longitude to locate places on a map.

Civics—Students will build civic understanding. Students will:

  • Investigate communities-past and present.
  • Understand concept of goods and services.
  • Be introduced to rights and responsibilities of citizens such as voting and taxes.
  • Identify the characteristics of a democracy and three levels of government.

History—Students will focus on the concept of community. Students will: 

  • Study Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.
  • Understand concept of a living history museum.
  • Read and create a time line.
  • Learn the role of immigration.
  • Recognize patriotic symbols of the United States.

New Prayer to be Learned: The Apostles’ Creed


Third grade utilizes the LabLearner curriculum, which is based on state and national standards. Students participate in hands-on laboratory experimentation in a fully equipped lab. These topics are covered:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Magnets
  • Exploring Electricity
  • The Human Body
  • Our Solar System
  • The Sun and Your Skin


Students will know essential mathematics. Students will:

  • Use bar graphs, pictographs, and tables to record and interpret data and solve problems.
  • Add and subtract up to four-digit numbers with regrouping. Addition and subtraction facts should be memorized.
  • Estimate to the nearest 10 and 100.
  • Add and subtract money amounts using dollars and cents with decimals. Be able to make change.
  • Understand place value to the hundred-thousands place. Write numbers in standard, expanded, and word form.
  • Compare and order numbers. Round numbers to nearest 10 and 100. • Tell time to nearest minute intervals. Read digital and analog clocks. Compute elapsed time.
  • Understand concept of multiplication and division. Memorize multiplication facts to the 5x table.

Problem Solving—Students will use math knowledge for problem solving. Students will:

  • Understand and interpret information and data to solve a problem.
  • Use patterns to solve problems.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to everyday life.