3rd Grade

In third grade the students grow more independent in many areas.  Through scaffolded instruction the students learn to take responsibility for their learning as well as their social and spiritual relationships.

A few highlights from 3rd grade include:

  • Learn about the geography, economy, and history of Michigan

  • Primary grade buddies

  • Learning multiplication facts

  • Service opportunities with Kids’ Food Basket

  • Field trip to a recycle center

  • Prayer journal writing

Passport to Reading

Click on the links below to get the lists of books for Passport to Reading.

Passport to Reading Letter

       Animals List

Mystery List

Sports List

Fantasy List

       Historical Fiction List

Realistic Fiction List

       Accelerated Reader Test 

The other genres kids will need is nonfiction,  poetry, biography  and a myth, fable or folktale.  These do not have lists.

3rd Grade Curriculum


The Daily 5, CAFE, and Literature: Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Read to Someone are the three areas of the Daily 5 that are used in third grade. Students read Good Fit Books in the following genres: Non-fiction, Poetry, Legends, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, and Biographies, and Fairy Tales. Mini-lessons are taught using CAFE skills that correlate with each genre.

The third graders will explore several types of writing throughout the year as we learn about the Six Traits of Good Writing: true stories, persuasive writing and informational writing, both personal expertise and research writing. As we write, we will work to incorporate proper grammar. Third graders work on writing complete sentences that incorporate grammar skills. Third graders also work on cursive handwriting using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.

Social Studies

Social studies units will focus on the state of Michigan-its geography, economy, and history. As we look at public issues facing Michigan cities, we will learn how our faith helps shape our opinions.Scholastic News will also be used each week as part of our social studies activities.


Walking with God and His People (Christian Schools International)

The third grade Old Testament curriculum teaches students about God’s characteristics and what it means to be created in God’s image. The curriculum emphasizes both who we are and our identity in relationship to God. This in-depth study of the Bible begins with two flexible units: a study of Ephesians and a unit on Bible study.


Everyday Math

Number & Numeration

• Model and name fractions and mixed numbers

• Extend decimal notation to the tenths and hundredths

Operations & Computation

• Solve number stories involving two or more concepts

• Explore different multiplication methods

• Use division to solve equal sharing and equal grouping problems

Data & Chance

• Plot sunrise/sunset data; make line graph of length of days

• Find median, mode, mean, maximum, minimum, and range

Measurement & Reference Frames

• Measure circumference and diameter of circular objects

• Investigate relationship between area and lengths of sides in rectangles and squares using geoboards


• Introduce and explore center circumference and diameter of circles/circular objects

• Review symmetry; meaning and properties, and lines of symmetry

Patterns, Functions, & Algebra

• Classify, solve problems, and play games with attribute pieces

• Explore the relationships between addition and subtraction and multiplication and division


Cereal City Science

Forces and Interactions

This unit is intended to build on the experiences and understandings of forces and interactions from the Kindergarten Unit, Motion: Pushes and Pulls.  This unit builds and refines the ideas learned previously into forms that enable more subtle inferences about objects and their behaviors over intervals of time and space.  They form a better sense of causation and recognition of patterns in the motion of objects.

Earth and Me

Students identify earth materials and surface changes and apply their knowledge to natural resources and how humans use natural resources. The effect of human dependency and activity on Earth’s natural resources is applied through ways to protect, conserve, and restore the Earth’s resources and environment.

Organisms Have Character

Students take a deeper look into the physical and behavioral characteristics of organisms and their role in growth and survival. The function of different body parts is related to their environment and how animals survive in their environment. Students apply their knowledge of organisms to the food chain and food web.