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Grade 3

Third grade is traditionally a transitional year. Students' reading experiences elevate from developing basic reading skills to reading for the enhancement of their learning. Students evolve from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” as they become more independent learners. Third grade teachers work to make the transition from the primary years to upper elementary years smooth and productive. Teachers keep an open communication with parents through the use of a daily take-home folder, a weekly communication folder, lesson plans on the SBS website and parent conferences.
  • Art - Grade 3

    Third grade students receive art instruction on a weekly basis. Throughout the year, students use a variety of media and techniques. Third graders complete both 2D and 3D projects and learn skills such as weaving, wire working and painting. Students look forward to tracking their artistic progress with a digital portfolio and participating in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art contest in the fall.
  • Bible - Grade 3

    Third graders participate in Bible daily through prayer, Scripture memorization and Bible instruction taught by a Bible teacher. Each week third graders attend Bible class three times, memorize a Bible verse and attend Chapel to praise and worship God. Each year, students participate in mission projects such as Angels of Light and Shoes for Orphan Soles. In third grade Bible, students learn how to become expert Bible detectives as they examine the Bible from cover to cover. They learn to use special “detective” tools, such as a concordance and Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries. They also unlock the meaning of secret code numbers as they study the first two chapters of the book of Acts. In the second semester, students learn about the Holy Spirit - who He is, His different names, what He does in the lives of believers and what it looks like to call on Him. Students learn that God created them for a relationship, and has equipped them with the Holy Spirit in order to bear His image.
  • Enrichment - Grade 3

    The Enrichment class enhances the student's classroom foundational curriculum while gaining 21st-century skills. Students problem solve and improve their critical thinking skills while developing cooperation and team building skills. Third grade EC units of study include: an introduction to Latin roots, working in teams to create Rube Goldberg machines and a study of architecture using Tinkercad and the 3D printer (in conjunction with their Rome unit in social studies). The project-based emphasis encourages innovation, creativity and individualization.
  • Handwriting - Grade 3

    Third graders continue cursive handwriting practice in their daily work. Students use an iPad cursive app to develop smooth, continuous strokes and correct letter formation. Students know the mechanics of each letter and now practice to improve their penmanship. All work is done in cursive handwriting.
  • Language Arts - Grade 3

    Third grade students learn grammar skills using mulit-sensory grammar, faith-based activities and SBS developed curriculum. Language instruction focuses on examining sentences and sentence parts to train students to become better readers and writers. Students learn the eight parts of speech and how each one enhances sentence structure and written communication. Third grade also practices conventions in written communication in homework and daily writing activities.
  • Library - Grade 3

    Students visit the library with their class each week. The lower school librarian bases each week’s mini-lesson on a fundamental library skill and reinforces specific classroom instruction. Activities include author studies, genre studies, reader’s theater and incorporating technology using iPads. Students are permitted to check out three books each week. Students may make additional visits to the library throughout the day during come-and-go hours or before/after school.
  • Mathematics - Grade 3

    Third grade students learn valuable skills such as how to communicate mathematically and determine reasonableness. Third grade math concepts include the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as estimation, probability, geometry, fractions, decimals, measurement and data. Much of the third grade year is spent developing multiplication, division and fractions thinking and strategies. Students are expected to master multiplication and division facts through 12s by the end of the first semester.
  • Music - Grade 3

    Students in third grade build their music knowledge by learning more complex rhythms and melodies, like sixteenth notes/rests and whole notes/rests, and broadening solfege melodic symbols. Students learn musical terminology and the musical alphabet placed on the staff in preparation to play the soprano recorder. The curriculum explores blues music and its composers, as well as the lives and music of classical composers Greig and Beethoven. The teacher incorporates the interactive Quaver curriculum to enhance each concept. Students perform in a recorder concert in May to showcase what they have learned throughout the year.
  • Physical Education - Grade 3

    Students receive physical education instruction daily. In lower school, the main focuses are exercise, basic team sports skills and group games. Coaches stress the importance of cooperation and sportsmanship.
  • Reading - Grade 3

    Students arrive in third grade ready to read! The primary focus in third grade is to train readers to read for information and how to make that information more meaningful. Using Reading Workshop activities, teachers help strengthen students’ comprehension skills and guide them in how to make their thinking visible, tailored to each student’s appropriate reading level. Studies of novels such as The Boxcar Children, Skylark, Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Charlotte's Web teach students important metacognitive skills. Students learn various nonfiction reading strategies through the use of interdisciplinary trade books and mentor texts within the science, social studies and reading novel study curriculums.
  • Science - Grade 3

    Students learn the importance of inquiry: generating questions, conducting investigations and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation. Inquiry includes an analysis and presentation of findings that lead to future questions, research and investigations. Students learn to reflect on topics and apply what they have learned to new and different situations. Classroom lessons and independent reading of fiction and nonfiction books complement the experiments and activities in the science classroom. Specific topics for third graders include astronomy, force and motion, planet Earth and the ecosystem of the earth.
  • Social Studies - Grade 3

    Third grade social studies curriculum consists of learning important timelines in history. Teachers build on students’ content knowledge using instructional strategies that integrate reading skills. Concentration on the 1800s invites students to learn about the makeup of our country. Students study the Westward Expansion from the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Oregon Trail. Continuing in that century, students study the Civil War. Later, a study of Ancient Rome is helpful for students to understand the basis of the government for this country, as well as many inventions still used today. The year ends with a novel study about a famous American in the 1800s and the role this person played during this time.
  • Spelling - Grade 3

    The use of Scientific Spelling in our curriculum stresses spelling patterns and rules. Teachers introduce words that students analyze and practice each week to develop their spelling skills. Students trace each word to their Greek and/or Latin origin and analyze each syllable and pattern type. This method builds a deeper comprehension of higher level vocabulary, helping students in all subject areas.
  • Technology - Grade 3

    Third graders use iPads within the classroom in order to fully integrate technology. Classroom teachers work closely with the Lower School Technology Specialist to create learning in the curriculum content areas that will engage third grade learners in the digital world.  
  • Wordly Wise - Grade 3

    Third grade students learn multiple meanings of vocabulary words and how to apply these meanings in activities using Wordly Wise 3 curriculum. Related activities aim to engage students and teach them to consider antonyms and synonyms as they apply meanings. Students learn how to respond to questions from a nonfiction reading vocabulary text using proper third grade grammar skills.
  • Writing - Grade 3

    Students arrive in third grade as writers and teachers encourage them to notice what great writers do to convey their thoughts and ideas. Teachers use mentor texts to support students in practicing what great authors do. There are daily opportunities to write, conference and revise during Writer's Workshop activities. All curriculum areas in third grade build on writing skills.

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