Curriculum Used in Third Grade
Unit 1: Chemistry and Physics Matter
Volume, Mass, Density, Buoyancy, Luster, Shape, Hardness, Smell, and Properties of Matter
Unit 2: Moving Matter
Moving Atoms, Solid Matter, Liquid Matter, Viscosity Values, Gas Matter, Expanding and Escaping Air, Gas to Liquid, Solid to Liquid to Gas, The Water Cycle
Unit 3: Building Blocks of Creation
Atoms, Plusses and Minuses, Primary Positives, Neutral News, Electric Electrons, Clouds, Shells, Orbitals, Valance Valor, Periodic Table, Bonding Basics
Unit 4: Compound Chemistry
Crystalized Creations, Putty, Plastics, and Pencil Erasers, Silly Surprise, Bad News, Good News, Plastic Codes, Acidic Acid, Chemical Chaos and Reactions
Unit 5: Mixtures
Heterogeneous, Homogeneous, Separating Mixtures, Filters
Unit 6: Mechanics in Motion
Dynamics in Motion, Friction, Adhesion, Gravity, Distance, Acceleration, Centripetal Force
Unit 7: Work in the World
Kinds of Energy, Conserving Energy, Forms of Energy, Nuclear Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Biofuels, Geothermal Energy
Unit 8: Sound of Energy
Conductor of Sound, Sound Frequency, Measuring Energy, Low and High Energy, Low and High Energy, Pitch, Sound Quality, Technology and Sound
Unit 9: Light
Sources of Light, Beams, Waves, Shadows, Sources of Light, Wavelengths, Spectrums, Colors, Bending Light, Bouncing Light.
Unit Ten: Thermal Energy
Thermal Dynamics, Radiation, Convection, Conduction, Insulators, Combustion, Measuring Heat, Triangle Truths, and Thermal Expansion.
Unit Eleven: Electricity
Currents, Static, Electrons, Ions, Circling Power, Lines of Power, Loading the Circuit, Battery Power, Switches, Series and Parallel Circuits.
Unit Twelve: Magnetism
North and South, Magnet Atoms, Compass Points, Northward Facing, Shielding, Upside Down, Pole Magnets, Off Center Poles, and Iron Earth.
Unit Thirteen: Machines
Simple Machines, Six Simple Machines, Twist, Incline Planes, Wedges, Levers, Pulleys, Gears and Wheels.
Social Studies: Early Modern Times (1600 to 1850)
Who was the Sun King? How did samurai become sumo wrestlers? What was the Black Hole of Calcutta? And why was a California town named Ground Hog Glory? Third grade will get you all the information you need as you venture into the Early Modern Times.
Some Topics Covered:
A World of Empires, Protestant Rebellions, James, King of Two Countries, Searching for a NW Passage, Warlords of Japan, New, Colonies in a New World, The Spread of Slavery, The Middle of the East, The Western War, Far East of Europe, The Mogul Emperors of India, Battle, Fire, and Plague in England, The Sun King, The Rise of Prussia, A New World in Conflict, The West, Russia Looks West, East and West, Collide, The English in India, The Imperial East, Fighting over North America, Revolution!, The New Country , Sailing South, Revolution Gone Sour, Catherine the Great, A Changing World, China and the Rest of the World, The Rise of Bonaparte, Freedom in the Caribbean, A Different Kind of Rebellion, The Opened West, The End of Napoleon, Freedom For South America, Mexican Independence, The Slave Trade Ends, Troubled Africa, American Tragedies, China Adrift, Mexico and Her Neighbor
Phonics and Language:
Third grade breaks away from phonics instruction and focuses on grammar and writing, leaving reading fluency to practice and comprehension through living books. Work turns to dictation, recitation, diagramming sentences, and memory work. Frequent writing assignments give students ample opportunity to hone their skills as they write stories for their own notebooks and send letters to servicemen and women.
Writing skills, Penmanship:
(for information on why we teach cursive, please visit our "about us" or "curriculum" page)
Building upon each grade, the consistent step-by-step approach to good penmanship presented each year emphasizes neatness and correct letter formation in daily practice. Writing habits which are polished during second grade will greatly influence students’ penmanship skills throughout life. Beginning in lesson 81, penmanship class will focus primarily on creative writing skills and some penmanship review. Creative writing skills will be taught in a sequence that will prepare students to write their own stories incorporating higher level thinking skills into imaginative writing.
Third Grade Math
The Lab school of Oklahoma uses Saxon math for it's core math instruction. We believe each student is unique and teach to the individual. Therefore, we supplement with Math-U-See to integrate a more hands on approach with those who would benefit. For more information on Saxon math, please visit our "About Us" page.
This is a list of new information taught in third grade.
Number Sense and Numeration
Counts by 11’s
Read and writes whole numbers to 1,000,000,000 (9 digit numbers)
Identifies the greatest common factor of two numbers
Identifies and approximates square roots
Identifies cube roots and perfect cubes
Identifies the approximate value of pi
Subtracts 4 digit or larger numbers
Multiplies a 2 digit or larger number by a 2 digit number
Finds the percent of a number
Finds the value of a set of coins and bills
Balance a checkbook register
Completes a catalog order form
Tells and shows time to the second
Compares, estimates, and mesures circumference
Identifies supplementary angles
Graphs linear functions on a coordinate plane
Draws and reads a circle (pie) graph
Makes a stem-and-leaf plot
Books We May Read In Class:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. by C.S, Lewis
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Holes by Louis Sachar
Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Series) by Rick Riordan
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardner