3rd Grade



By focusing on the Creed and basic Catholic doctrine, we invite each child into a relationship with God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. The nurturing of each child’s relationship with Jesus and the Church is enhanced with prayer and Eucharistic Celebration.


Developing reading comprehension and decoding words are major objectives. Main idea, author’s purpose, cause and effect, phonics drills and activities, sequencing, etc. are taught and reinforced through the spiraling text concept. The McGraw-Hill series is used.


Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with remainders. Activities to reinforce learning, along with timed tests for computation, are part of our weekly schedule. Projects in Math include: Shopping Spree, Auction, SRA Math-individualized programmed learning, etc.

Language Arts

We use Voyages in Language, the Loyola Press and the Spelling program coordinated with our McGraw-Hill text. We expand the curriculum by using novels, and a whole language approach. Novels read: Stuart Little, Stone Fox, A Castle in the Attic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Black Star, Bright Dawn, Because of Winn-Dixie.

Multi-curriculum topics: the Iditarod and the Middle Ages.

Social Studies

Children will read, interpret and analyze data from maps.
Regions of the world – Tropical, Desert, Mountain.
Children are introduced to the community and operation of the town government, Cumberland history and a bit of Massachusetts.


Using various resources, the topics covered are: Nutrition, Plants, Rocks, Moon, Simple Machines, Butterflies, Oceanography. Culminating activity combines our Language Arts and Science programs with our trip to Galilee, a nature walk, visit to Lobstermania, and sand castle building contest. Laboratory experiences include “Water” and “Magnetism and Electricity” FOSS kits.

Cursive Writing

Children are taught their cursive writing using the Zaner-Bloser Method.


Field trips to enhance their learning of the various units:

Middle Ages; the Higgins Armory
Life in the 1800’s and current town government; the Slater Mill and Cumberland Town Hall
Oceanography; Galilee


  • Materials and Techniques:
    Reinforce previous skills, drawing, painting, sculpting, constructing.
    Weaving with fabric, Papier Mache, Chalk Pastels
    Learn about, begin to identify, famous artists & their works/style
    Begin to identify aesthetic qualities (mood, feelings, ideas) as well as balance & repetition in works of art
  • Subjects:
    Community, environment, other cultures, famous artists, favorite things, self, seasons.


  • Computer Literacy
    Using Software Applications: formatting of text, insert, delete, save, open, print, right clickcopy, paste, spell checker, page setup, print preview, printing options, page orientation, add and remove toolbars, shortcut keys, graphics, alignment, margins, text boxes, help
  • Microsoft Office Word:
    compose, edit, and revise a variety of documents, clipart, wordart, text wrapping, numbering
  • Microsoft Office Excel:
    Spreadsheets, charts/graphs
  • Microsoft Office Publisher:
    Greeting Cards
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Instructional Software Use:  (Ex. Kid Pix)
  • Ethical Use of Technology (Covered in Library Classes)
  • Using Technology for Research (Covered in Library Classes)
  • Internet Use
  • Keyboarding


  • Review and reinforce skills taught in Grade Two
  • Locate nonfiction and reference resources
  • Use the RILINK (Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids) catalog
  • Become acquainted with various genre of literature (Tall Tales)
  • Become familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification system
  • Learn how to search topics on the internet


  • Read whole, half, dotted half, quarter and eighth notes and rests ¾ and 4/4 time
  • Read music on a treble clef staff
  • Play a recorder

Physical Education

  • Physical Fitness:
    to be able to perform the physical skills with some degree of proficiency.
    To be able to verbalize what exercise is and why it is needed.
    To describe what cardiovascular exercise is and to understand how it benefits them
  • Individual Sport:
    To perform to the best of their ability the skills needed to play the sport
  • Team Sport:
    To be able to perform the physical skills with a good degree of proficiency. To display the use of teamwork to achieve a goal.


  • All students learn how to pray Hail Mary and Our Father in Spanish. They also sing Spanish children’s songs.
  • Describe oneself in Spanish
  • Likes and dislikes using complete sentences, telling time
  • Learn to ask and answer questions
  • Use classroom and school commands
  • Use vocabulary and phrases learned in grades K-2 to communicate