Students in third grade begin to build on the skills formed in the early years. These students benefit from continued development of composition skills. Critical thinking skills and note taking skills are developed with the introduction of dictation exercises. By emphasizing reading, students continue to be exposed to excellent literature and further develop reading comprehension and good reading habits. The study of grammar is continued using Shurley English, and students work on multiplication and division using Singapore math. They study early modern history using Story of the World (volume 3). Third graders study topics in earth science, physics, and astronomy and read Archimedes and the Door of Science.
Third grade students read books such as The Children’s Homer and The Golden Fleece by Padriac Colum, D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, Usborne Illustrated World History: The Greeks and The Romans, Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome, In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively, The Young Readers Shakespeare, Julius Caesar by Adam McKeown, and Famous Poems Old and New selected by Helen Farris.
By the end of third grade, students will:
- be able to spell accurately, and write neatly in cursive, the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language;
- recite the Shurley English jingles for nouns, verbs, sentences, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and pronouns, and use them to identify parts of speech in a sentence, classify three types of sentences, and categorize sentence patterns;
- solve real world problems involving all four operations; identify fractions in a set; make and interpret data from bar graphs; find angles and identify lines; understand area and perimeter of figures;
- strengthen rhetorical skills through presenting oral reports on historical figures;
- recite Psalm 46 and 139, plus additional memory verses and the books of the Old Testament;
- and recall main characters and stories of the Old Testament.