3rd Grade

Items in bold exceed 3rd Grade State Common Core Standards.

Mathematics (4th Grade)

  • Identify prime and composite numbers
  • Identify perfect squares and cubes, square roots and cube roots
  • Use Roman Numerals
  • Identify a function rule
  • Simplify expressions containing exponents
  • Solve problems involving measurement and elapsed time
  • Label number lines using decimals, fractions, and +/- numbers
  • Master all basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts
  • Add, subtract, and multiply using mental computation as well as with paper and pencil
  • Add and subtract decimals
  • Convert fractions, percentages, and decimals
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Name & draw lines and angles
  • Draw reflections & lines of symmetry
  • Identify and categorize shapes
  • Identify congruent and similar polygons
  • Calculate perimeter and area
  • Identify and draw right, acute, and obtuse triangles
  • Complete daily problem solving tasks


Lessons are taught as a follow-up to religious education within the home

  • Learn all prayers said in school
  • Memorize and discuss the 10 Commandments, parts of the Mass, and Sacraments
  • Discuss vocations, Mary, the Pope, the hierarchy of the Church, angels, and saints
  • Complete and present a saint research project

Character Education

  • Experience the example of good character in the adults
  • Practice a range of virtues called forth by the academic program and school behavioral expectations
  • Experience the beauty of virtues through literature and writing activities

Language Arts

Phonics and Word Knowledge

  • Know and apply phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words

Comprehension Strategies

  • Make predictions, ask questions, visualize, summarize, make connections, confirm predictions, and answer questions
  • Explain how illustrations contribute to the story
  • Make inferences with support from the text and background knowledge

Comprehension Skills

  • Determine main ideas and supporting details
  • Know the difference between fact and fiction & reality and fantasy
  • Sequence events, classify and categorize, compare and contrast
  • Realize point of view & cause and effect
  • Draw conclusions & compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of stories
  • Use comprehension skills to complete activities and monthly book projects


  • Increase vocabulary
  • Read all grade-level high frequency words
  • Use context clues and the dictionary to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify base/root words, comparatives, question words, contractions, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Understand figurative language
  • Be familiar with some Greek and Latin roots

Writing and Composition

  • Use the five processes of writing to develop 3 paragraph essays
  • Write effective beginnings, endings, plots, characterization, and settings
  • Develop a topic sentence and keep the focus throughout the writing
  • Incorporate details and description
  • Write collaboratively
  • Write several forms of personal/opinion, narrative, informative/expository, and persuasive writing
  • Compose poetry


  • Identify the parts of speech
  • Recognize the different verb tenses
  • Use capitalization and punctuation
  • Write simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Identify and know the meaning of common prefixes and suffixes


  • Use short/long spelling patterns
  • Recognize special spelling patterns
  • Identify sound/letter relationships
  • Spell words with silent letters, inflectional endings, contractions, and irregular plurals

Inquiry and Research Skills

  • Formulate questions
  • Follow written and spoken directions
  • Plan an investigation
  • Make outlines/timelines
  • Know how to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  • Know the parts of a book
  • Find information and take notes
  • Communicate research results
  • Summarize and organize information
  • Create and use visual aids


  • Ask and answer questions
  • Follow directions
  • Analyze and evaluate content and intent of speaker’s message
  • Summarize
  • Read orally in a fluent manner; by the end of the year read at a rate of 115 correct words per minute
  • Present book reports and projects visually and orally
  • Memorize poems and present in monthly Poetry Corners


  • Write manuscript and cursive letters and in the correct form


Scientific Inquiry

  • Know/apply the steps to the scientific method through experimentation

Life Science

  • Explore how plants are alike and different
  • Categorize plants and animals
  • Describe the adaptations of animals
  • Define ecosystems
  • Investigate how living things interact

Earth Science

  • Explore different weather systems and compare types of weather
  • Understand rocks, minerals, and soil and what the earth is made of
  • Label the earth’s layers
  • Explore earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, and erosion
  • Understand that the world has natural resources and describe how those resources are used and why they should be protected

Physical Science

  • Experiment with matter and its properties
  • Observe physical and chemical changes in matter
  • Investigate forces and motion

Space and Technology

  • Distinguish patterns in the sky
  • Understand the parts of the solar system
  • Understand how technology affects our lives
  • Complete and present a space research project

History and Geography

Solve problems involving measurement and elapsed time

  • Read & discuss the following topics: Canada Today, World Rivers, Ancient Rome, The Vikings, The Earliest Americans
  • Identify important events throughout the history of several different cultures
  • Realize the importance of the river systems of the world
  • Understand timelines & cause and effect throughout history
  • Understand how to read a map and locate areas on a map
  • Map out the exploration of North America and describe life in the thirteen colonies
  • Locate and memorize all 50 states and capitals


  • Review likes and dislikes, feelings
  • Express attitudes and opinions
  • The farm
  • Parts of the body
  • Geometric shapes
  • Follow a read-aloud story
  • Writing in Spanish
  • Hispanic holidays
  • Learn key aspects of the culture of Mexico and Central America

Visual Arts

Creativity is at the heart of this instruction

  • Draw, paint, sculpt, and design using a variety of tools, techniques, and media in a safe and responsible manner
  • Learn to make choices that enhance communication of their ideas
  • Build on artistic literacy while developing imagination and dexterity
  • Know that visual arts have a history and relationship to various cultures

Choir/Music Appreciation

  • Develop vocal skills and techniques
  • Develop melodic and rhythmic skills
  • Describe music by reading, listening, and demonstrating comprehension of music
  • Perform a repertoire of Judeo-Christian and traditional songs
  • Understand music theory, music symbols and music instruments

Physical Education

  • Develop motor skills, fitness and flexibility
  • Practice sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership