Welcome to 3rd Grade at KCA!
Students in 3rd have reached the "middle" of their elementary school career. This is a year of independence for them as they begin to develop life long study habits. Our 3rd graders are equipped with their own agenda books, and learn to write down their homework assignments and upcoming deadlines. Parents are always kept in the loop using Info Direct as well as teacher-run website pages.
In music, 3rd grade students begin learning the recorder using a fun, incentive based program. Karate "belts" are earned for each song that is mastered and performed successfully in front of the teacher/class. Toward the end of the school year, students are encouraged to learn about band instruments so that they can join the school's elementary school band in 4th grade.
During the Lower School Science Fair, 3rd graders are judged on their individual experiments. The top winners receive ribbons and recognition for their accomplishments.
3rd Grade Academics
Bible time includes pledges, prayer, memory verses, songs, and the lesson for the week. Character development is an integral part of the curriculum. It is our goal in this Christian school to lead children to a saving knowledge of Christ and to help them grow spiritually in the Lord. Text: Purposeful Design (ACSI)
Third graders are graded on comprehension and oral reading. Reading is the foundation of all learning; so much emphasis is placed on it our lower school. We desire for our young people to love books and gain a lifetime of pleasure from reading. Text: A Beka Reading Program - Footprints, Swiss Family Robinson, Pilgrim Boy, Crossroads, Secret in the Maple Tree, Better Bridges, and Worlds of Wonder.
The languages arts program created by A Beka enables students to read, speak, spell and write with accuracy and creativity. The language texts presents the following skills: writing complete sentences, recognizing and writing three types of sentences, capitalization rules, using commas and apostrophes, plural rules, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, writing letters, recognizing and diagramming subjects and verbs, and recognizing/using adjectives. Text: A Beka Language 3
Each week, 3rd grade students are presented with 22 new words to spell. Phonics rules previously learned are reviewed and applied to new words. Students learn and practice basic spelling rules, syllabication rules, proofreading, and using their spelling words in creative writing activities. Text: Purposeful Design Spelling Grade 3
By third grade, students are expected to use cursive writing for each assignment. Penmanship have daily practice while integrating science and geography topics As always, special attention is given to correct letter formation, size, slant, spacing, and neatness. Text: A Beka Cursive Writing Skill Book 3 - Writing with Phonics
The third grade curriculum covers the following skills:
* continued addition and subtraction with larger numerals
* place value
* addition with carrying; subtraction with borrowing
* 0- 12 multiplication tables
* multiplying with carrying
* 2 - 12 division tables
* division with up to 4-digit dividends
* English and metric measurements
* story problems with multiple steps
* fractions terminology and basic understanding (equivalent fractions, etc.)
* money problems
Text: Mathematics 3 Purposeful Design (ACSI)
According to A Beka, "Geography is the stage upon which the events of history are enacted." Third graders learn the location of the seven continents and four oceans along with the fifty states. Additionally, major geographical features of the United States are covered along with basic map skills. Text: Our American Heritage by A Beka
Science is taught during the first semester of the year. Subjects include: the human body, vertebrates and invertebrates, plants, desert, ocean, pond, forest, farmer's field and weather. Students put together an animal notebook based on the information they gather. One science-based field trip is taken each fall. Additionally, each student complete an individual science project, which is entered and judged in the school science fair. Text: Enjoying God’s World 3 by A Beka
Health is taught during the second semester of the school year. The purpose is to each students about the body God has given them to encourage them to practice good health, safety and manners each day. Topics include posture, exercise, nutrients, a balanced diet, cleanliness, disease, first aid, and spiritual, social and mental health. There are regular quizzes and tests given. Text: Health, Safety, and Manners by A Beka
SPECIAL COURSES OFFERED EACH WEEK
Computer - The technology program is based on objectives in many different technology areas such as word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, data bases, internet research, multimedia, and desktop publishing. Grade appropriate in-class projects are assigned. (45 minutes per week)
Music - In third grade music students begin reading music and learn the recorder. Recorder concerts are held each spring to showcase the class' efforts. Additionally, rehearsal takes place as students prepare for the Christmas musicale. (45 minutes per week)
Art - The goal in art is to enjoy the creative process while learning how the Elements of Art and Principles of Design play in creating a final production. A weekly Bible verse contains either the theme of the week or the art term for that week’s project. The last quarter of the year focuses on specific master artists and their style. All young artists learn that because they are created in God’s image, they have the ability to do art when they put forth the effort. This is also the one place where it is OK not to complete a project because process is more important than product. (45 minutes per week)
Physical Education - Students are taught good sportsmanship, body awareness (naming muscles, etc), and how the body moves. Manipulative skills are taught including rolling, catching, throwing, striking, kicking, trapping and dribbling. Both locomotor (walking, leaping, running) and non-locomoter skills (stretching, pushing, pulling) are introduced. Presidential Fitness testing is done with this grade level in the fall and spring. (45 minutes two times a week)
Library - Students focus on using library manners, taking proper care of books, and are introduced to the genres. Library time usually includes “reading” to the class, or using video and audio materials, and then individual book selections to take home for the week. (45 minutes per week)
Homework is given primarily on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Students will routinely study for tests and quizzes that are given throughout the week. Additionally, book reports and other projects may be assigned throughout the year. Third grade students learn to use an agenda book to keep track and manage their assignments.