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® St. Therese Catholic School

Third Grade

Third grade is an exciting year for students as they grow in independence and responsibility. Below are the curriculum areas they will explore. Specific questions should be directed to Mrs. Martinez, the classroom teacher.

Language Arts:
Reading (MacMillan/McGraw Hill and assorted trade books)

  • Whole group stories to practice reading strategies, comprehension skills, and vocabulary
  • Small group literature circles
  • Individualized Reading Workshop

Students use 6+1 Traits of Writing and the septs of the writing process to create various types of work including:

  • Narrative texts
  • Informative texts
  • Persuasive essays
  • Poetry


  • Individualized spelling lists based on student needs
  • Words drawn from a high-frequency word list, personal lists gathered from writing, and the MacMillan/McGraw series

Math (Houghton Mifflin):

  • Multiplication and division concepts
  • Fact fluency
  • Describing and analyzing geometric shapes, including their angles, area, and perimeter
  • Indentify, compare, and add fractions
  • Apply math concepts to real-world situations in math journals

Religion (Blest Are We, RCL Benziger):
Each unit focuses on what Catholics believe, and how Catholics worship, live, and pray. Units include:

  • The Church is One
  • The Church is Holy
  • The Church is Catholic
  • The Church is Apostolic
  • The Church has a Mission to the World

Science (A Closer Look, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill):
In our science curriculum, students explore concepts through their text, experiments, and nonfiction books that accompany each unit.  Areas of focus include:

  • Weather and Space
  • Living Things
  • Matter, Forces, and Energy
  • Earth and Its Resources

Social Studies (Communities, Houghton Mifflin and Portland Our Community-PPS):

  • The effect of geography on communities
  • Community government
  • Making economic choices
  • Celebrating people and cultures
  • History and geography of Portland