Bible: BJU Press
We discuss the following biblical topics: sin and salvation, the mind of the Lord, purity, Thanksgiving, Christmas: Jesus' birth, to seek and to save, the exaltation of Christ, a Christian's character, Easter: God's love complete, and Christian friends. The third graders also memorize weekly NIV Bible verses that coincide with our Bible stories.
Grammar & Writing: BJU Press; IEW
Our grammar units focus on sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, capitalization, punctuation, and pronouns. Third graders also learn how to write paragraphs, stories, informative and persuasive paragraphs, poetry, and letter writing. During third grade, students will complete two book reports, learn research skills, and create an in-class "published" book.
Additional Writing Instruction: Institute for Excellence in Writing
In addition to the BJU writing units, the third graders will also begin to learn and use writing strategies established by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
We review cursive that was learned in 2nd grade with teacher created worksheets and implementing cursive writing into daily assignments.
Reading: Bob Jones and the Accelerated Reading program
We use the Bob Jones readers to focus on reading skills and comprehension for the first semester. During the second semester, we focus on four literature units. Dictionary skills and sentence writing are incorporated into The Mouse and the Motorcycle. The Iditarod is taught in conjunction with the novel Stone Fox. The third graders learn about a Christian's walk with God using Pilgrim's Progress from Abeka Reading Series. Our last novel is Whipping Boy. The third graders learn the value of true friendship in this fantasy. We also compare and contrast all four novels with the movies.
Spelling: BJU Press curriculum for the spelling words
We use a variety of teacher-created spelling activities to learn 20 spelling words every week.
Mathematics: BJU Press
BJU Press focuses on addition and subtraction facts, place value to 1,000,000, addition and subtraction up to 5 digit numbers, representing and interpreting data with graphs, multiplication and division for 1 to 12, fractions, calendars and telling time, elapsed time, measurement - customary and metric, geometry, money, and decimals
Science: ACSI Purposeful Design
Purposeful Design emphasizes the following units:
1-Life Science: ecosystems, plant life and variety,
2-Physical Science: matter, force and motion, electricty, magnets
3-Earth Scince and Space: earth's surface (rocks and soils), changes in the earth's surface (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, landforms,erosion), stars and constellations
4-Body Systems: nervous systems, musculoskeletal system, and health
Social Studies: BJU Press curriculum and the ABeka textbook
Our social studies curriculum has been developed by using the BJU Press curriculum and the ABeka textbook to discuss the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, the French government and revolution, western expansion with pioneers, the Texas/Mexico War (Alamo), the Civil War, African American heroes/heroines with a focus on Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and an African American of their choosing, and early travel using steamboats and railroads. We also study U.S. regions, physical maps, and the memorization of the 7 continents, 4 oceans, and the location of all 50 states.
Students attend chapel, art, computer, music, and library classes one time per week and P.E. two times per week.
Third Grade Highlights: