Third Grade at FRCS
Third grade is a year of new opportunities as students transition to the upper elementary program.
Third grade is a year of growth academically, spiritually and physically as the students transition from the lower elementary program to the upper elementary program. Third graders develop a “love for reading” through experiencing different genres of literature and utilizing them in learning settings within the classroom, such as presentations and puppets.
Third grade students study the life of Jesus Christ, the book of Acts, and missions. To apply our learning to real life situations, we participate in community outreach programs throughout the year, such as Christmas caroling at nursing homes during the holidays. Learning to be the hands and feet of Christ is a rewarding and spiritually uplifting learning experience. In Bible class, students also memorize scripture on a weekly basis.
Reading and writing comprise a large portion of the third grade curriculum. Reading skills focus on decoding new words by using syllables, word parts, and context clues. Comprehension is reinforced through main idea, cause and effect, drawing conclusions, making inferences, comparing and contrasting, and summarization. To encourage outside reading at home, there is a monthly book report/project.
Students begin research writing this year, learning how to take notes, for an animal report. They also work in a writing workshop setting, improving their understanding of the writing process, learning to write paragraphs, stories, plays, and letters. Presenting speeches and recitations, writing with real purpose, and writing across the curriculum provide avenues to promote creativity in the classroom.
The math curriculum is called Progress in Mathematics. It uses interactive teaching methods and materials to help young students understand the mathematical concepts. It has consistent, cumulative review of the concepts taught and encourages memorization of math facts. Third grade stresses the memorization of multiplication and division facts. The practical application of math skills is evident through critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills in real life situations.
Science Lab with Mrs. Paige
Third grade students enjoy hands-on science lab three times per week, and are working on developing critical thinking and lab writing skills. Students always begin class with a question and are engaging in scientific method in order to complete their labs. Science topics in third grade include: Light and sound energy, changes in motion, earth science, and structure and function of living things.
Technology Lab with Dr. Haynes
Third grade students enjoy hands-on technology lab every week, and progress in their word processing skills, document formatting, research skills, and other application work which allows them to complete creative projects. Students work in Office 365, from which they may submit completed assignments.
The class will study American History through the lives of famous Americans. From Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, Jr., students will learn about the people who made our country great. Through their sacrifices and prayers, God helped them to establish the United States of America. The year is also devoted to geography. From oceans, continents, map reading, and the memorization of the fifty states, students will understand their place in the world.
Enrichment classes also expand the third grade curriculum. In addition to chapel, students participate in vocal music, visual art, Spanish language, physical education, science lab and technology lab, all taught on a weekly basis.
Organization of school work, managing their time, and cultivating good listening and study skills round out a fun and exciting year for third graders.