Christ Lutheran School

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3rd Grade Curriculum


Lessons are designed to help children learn key concepts of faith such as Law and Gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and grace. The children are led to see God’s love in sending Jesus to redeem them. The lessons are based on selected sequential Bible stores from Creation to Pentecost. Each lesson encourages each child to live a Christian life empowered by the Holy Spirit. The third grade memory program includes Bible verses, prayers, the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed and the books of the Old and New Testament. All students attend chapel service every Wednesday morning.


Third graders are introduced to new reading skills, including summarizing stories, identifying the main idea, choosing supporting details, and analyzing elements of literature. They learn to analyze stories to determine the narrative elements of setting, character, and plot. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program where students read library books, pass comprehension tests, and earn points for rewards.


The third grade language curriculum is connected to the reading series. The main focus includes sentence structure, nouns, pronouns, singular, plural, and possessive nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, and capitalization. Instruction on these basic skills is designed to expand the student’s ability to write. Students learn to write for specific purposes and styles. Writing experiences include descriptions, personal narrative, paragraphing, how-to essays, persuasive writing, informational and expository writing. Student work is kept in a portfolio for assessment. Students in third grade have a handwriting text and make the transtition from manuscript to cursive writing.


The third grade spelling words are compiled from the reading story for the week. A list of words is learned each week which follow a pattern or rule of spelling. Challenge words are also included with each list.


Third grade math curriculum begins with a review of the basic addition and subtraction facts. Students continue to work on these skills using higher numbers and regrouping. Problem solving skills are taught utilizing multiple-step word problems. A large emphasis is placed on learning the multiplication and division facts as well as standard units of measurement and fractions. The students begin to relate basic facts with algebraic equations.


Students investigate science questions and problems. Teachers facilitate hands on activities and encourage children to use critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.  Students learn to see science as part of technology, personal experiences, and the world around them. The curriculum includes plants and animals, rocks and minerals in Arkansas, space exploration, investigating matter, and exploring energy and forces.

Social Studies

The third grade social studies program teaches concepts related to community, America, and the world. Social studies topics center around four major areas including geography and maps, United States history and Native American cultures in Arkansas, economics, and government. The geography unit includes a study of communities and use of maps. The history unit includes a brief overview of U.S. history and a study of Native American cultures in Arkansas. The economics unit introduces children to the concepts of needs and wants, resources, and work. The government unit teaches children about local and national leaders and about the rights and responsibilities of citizens.