Following the guidelines from the Seattle Archdiocese, the major areas of study for the third graders are the Bible, where students become proficient at locating verses within the Bible; the structure, mission, and four marks of the Church; our Creed and what it means for them in their lives; and the Sacraments.
Third graders learn about people and communities in order to gain a basic understanding of the responsibilities and rights of citizens within communities. They learn to understand and respect similarities and differences between cultures, with an in-depth study of the Native American cultures of the United States. Third graders also study the geography of the Earth through the Passport Club, and a unit on volcanology and mapping. Finally, they participate in a unit on consumers and producers.
There are four areas of focus for third graders as we follow the National Common Core Standards for mathematics. These areas include: understanding and developing strategies for multiplication and division with single and multiple digit problems; understanding and modeling fractions including adding and subtracting fractions; constructing and deconstructing rectangular arrays and calculating area; and describing and working with two-dimensional shapes.
Using the Foss Science kits, third graders learn the scientific process as they explore “Structures of Life,” “Magnetism and Electricity,” and the unique properties of “Water.” During the school year, each student conducts research and completes a report on a sea creature of his or her choice.
Following the National Common Core Standards, third graders continue to become proficient in cursive, spelling, and grammar. Using the Step Up to Writing framework, students learn more about the writing process in order to produce written pieces that show clearer sequencing, stronger supporting details, and more expressive ideas. In reading, students learn to make greater sense of their reading, to summarize main points and pick out supporting details across the curriculum.
Computers: students learn computer related vocabulary, tools, keyboarding skills, as well as proper computer use and care.
Music: students learn notes, rhythm, percussion instruments, and singing.
Physical Education: students learn fitness skills, game rules, and team cooperation.
Library: students become familiar with the library system.
Major Events during the 3rd Grade Year
May Pole Dance performed by the 3rd graders following the annual Mary crowning by the 8th grade class.
Olympia Junior Programs performances at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.
Pioneer Farm living experience where students experience life as pioneer children during the annual overnight field trip.
Artists' and Authors' Fair is an end-of-the-year celebration of the writing and artistic accomplishments of the students.