3rd Grade Curriculum


The Third Grade program at Dade Christian School challenges students to reach their full potential as they develop their skills in the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social realms in a fun and loving educational environment.  Our curriculum is a thoroughly integrated, academically balanced program with a consistent Christian emphasis.  Bible, Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Math, Science, History, Spelling, and Penmanship all represent the subject areas.  An emphasis is also placed on social interaction among the students, giving them opportunities to develop social values; respect, sharing, group acceptance, independence, and dependability.


Third grade arithmetic will challenge students to think and apply concepts that have been introduced in previous grades as well as new math applications. The following skills will be taught:  

  • Place value to the millions
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Rounding to the nearest 100
  • Counting by multiples of various numbers
  • Addition and subtraction (families 1-18, carrying, & borrowing)
  • Multiplication and division tables 1-12
  • Multiplication (up to four digits by a two-digit factor)
  • Long division
  • Symbols (,=)
  • Simple Algebraic Equations
  • Problem solving
  • Money (counting, making change, rounding, & decimal points)
  • Graphs and statistics
  • Calendar components
  • Telling time
  • Fractions (adding, subtracting, comparing, reducing, & mixed numbers)
  • Decimals (adding, subtracting, & fractional equivalents)
  • Measurement (temperature, length, & dry/liquid units)
  • Roman numerals (1-1000)
  • Geometric Shapes (rhombus, trapezoid)
  • Averaging


Each unit student’s encounter consists of a reading-writing connection, composition, and language skills. In the reading-writing connection students will view a model of the composition to be studied. During the composition focus students will concentrate on the writing process (prewriting, drafting, responding and revising, proofreading, and publishing). The language focus gives students instruction in the parts of speech, word usage, mechanics, and vocabulary development. Dade Christian School’s goal is that each student not only develop clear and effective oral and written communication skills, but also gain confidence in his/her abilities.

Topics are as follows:  

  • Composition Focus
  • Personal Narrative
  • Information Paragraph
  • Friendly Letter
  • How-to-Project
  • Descriptive Paragraph
  • Story
  • Poem
  • Persuasive Paragraph
  • Language Focus
  • Sentences
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs


The science curriculum will enable students to become scientifically literate. Students will acquire knowledge, processing skills, and attitudes that will help them identify and solve science-related problems. Scientific knowledge will be acquired by observing, comparing, classifying, interpreting, estimating, communicating, planning and conducting simple investigations, measuring, predicting, inferring, drawing conclusions, hypothesizing, formulating, identifying and experimenting. Topics for study are as follows:  

Life Science
Animals Interaction of Plants and Animals

Earth Science
Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils
Earth’s Resources
The Water Cycle
The Solar System

Physical Science
Forces and Motion


Students will become aware of their communities and understand their importance. Throughout the year students will gain knowledge in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, and culture. Topics for study are as follows:

  • Learning About Communities
  • Communities of Different Sizes
  • Our Physical Geography
  • Our Human Geography
  • Our History Through Time and Place
  • Our Country’s History
  • Citizenship
  • Government
  • Our American Culture
  • Cultures Around the World


The reading objectives in third grade include comprehension, critical thinking skills, identifying story elements, context clue usage, vocabulary acquisition, and decoding skills. These reading elements will be strengthened by guided and independent reading in class readers, children’s literature, and content area books. Dade Christian School wants students not only to master reading, but also encourages students to independently pursue it.


To achieve the goals of challenging and expanding student’s vocabulary and spelling development, students are taught strategies that target specific spelling patterns. The spelling words are successfully integrated throughout the subject areas which extend the meaning.


Bible class involves listening to Bible stories, singing songs, memorization of weekly Scripture verses, and prayer/praise time. All lessons are intended to develop a love for God and build character. The following Bible stories are taught in third grade:

  • Jesus in the Beginning
  • Jesus’ Disciples
  • Jesus’ Teaching
  • Jesus’ Parables
  • Jesus’ Miracles
  • Jesus’ Death and Resurection
  • Paul’s Missionary Work
  • The Work Goes On


The School Library Media Center provides students and teachers with services and resources that support and enrich the curriculum, provide literature enrichment, and assist in the development of a life-long appreciation for reading… Read More