Third Grade

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.


In third grade we attend Mass weekly. The students focus on the origins, characteristics, and work of the church. This is examined through the main topics of:

  • The church is a gift from Jesus
  • The church has identifying marks and duties
  • The church leads us in worship
  • We have responsibilities as members of the church

We also learn about the special celebrations of the Church year, the saints, the sacraments, and each third grade class plans a Mass. The Sadlier We Believe program supports our Religion curriculum (2011).

Language Arts/Reading

In third grade we continue to encourage a love of reading. Students are exposed to phonics, grammar, writing, spelling, fluency, and vocabulary.

We learn:

  • Phonemic awareness – review and refine the use of long and short vowels alone and in patterns
  • Phonics
  • Comprehension – review and refine strategies for inferring/predicting, sequencing, story structure, visualization, understanding characters, summarizing, main idea, text and graphic features, author’s purpose, drawing conclusion, and comparing and contrasting
  • Vocabulary – review and refine classification/categorization of words, use of context clues, distinguishing multiple meanings, ABC order, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, and compound words
  • Grammar – review, refine, and define nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns
  • Writing – poetry, letter writing, paragraph structure, and detailed writing
  • Spelling – spelling and vocabulary words assessed each week
  • Fluency – accuracy, punctuation, intonation, expression, rate

The Language Arts curriculum is supported by Houghton Mifflin Journeys (2011).


Third grade math builds upon those skills learned in kindergarten through second grade using the Saxon Math program (2008). Daily class practice, hands on activities, and practice at home foster mastery of mathematical concepts. St. John the Baptist Catholic School Curriculum Parent Handbook 8

Third grade skills include an emphasis on multiplication and division facts, number sense and unknowns, geometry, and measurement.

Other skills taught include:

  • Multiplication/Division - Facts 1 – 12
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Number sense and unknowns
  • Algebra


Third grade uses a hands-on investigative approach to science using the FOSS Science System (2012). Students continue the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and thinking capacities that will allow them to develop into responsible thinking world citizens. Throughout the year students:

  • Record in and use science notebooks that assist in documentation and engage cognitive insight into their scientific data. Notebooks help organize data using drawings, graphs, and charts created by students
  • Investigate structures of life/plants & human body
  • Learn about the sun, moon, and stars
  • Social Studies
  • Our curriculum is supported by Houghton Mifflin (2008). In third grade we focus our studies on communities. We investigate kinds of communities, land and resources, and old and new communities. We also study a variety of historical events and holidays throughout the year. Topics we will study are:
  • Urban, rural, and suburban communities
  • Renewable, nonrenewable, and flow resources
  • Navajo, Yurok, and Cherokee Communities
  • Thanksgiving
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Black History Month


Major Focus:

  • Typing skills
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Publisher
  • Integrate classroom research projects with Microsoft Office skills.