3rd Grade Curriculum Guide


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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.


At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.


Children learn about the Church, gain deeper insight into the Mass, and study the sacraments and their importance as God’s gifts.  They become aware of belonging to a community that worships together, shows reverence for God, and celebrates Sundays and special feast days. Through this knowledge, children are guided to show love for God, self, and others.  They also begin to realize the importance of serving and caring for others.  Children become more familiar with other forms of prayer as spontaneous prayer, the Eucharist and Sacraments.   They continue to memorize traditional prayers and learn about various saints.  A Home-and-Family Association provides a means for families to be involved and support what children are learning at school.

Language Arts

In the Reading/Language Arts curriculum area, we use the Open Court literature-based program which features selections of fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction, and poetry.  Students learn to use a variety of strategies to develop comprehension and become familiar with finding the main idea, plot, sequence, and other story elements.  In the writing process, grammatical skills, spelling, and parts of speech are developed.


Students compare and order numbers through ten thousands.  They continue to develop fluency in addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers and apply various strategies to solve multiplication problems.  They are expected to memorize multiplication facts to ten. Students recognize the inverse operation between multiplication and division.   Problem solving strategies are applied throughout the year.  A wide variety of concrete objects are used to determine measurement of length, weight, capacity, and area, as well as estimating numbers and money to the nearest unit. Students will explore equivalent fractions, compare, order and subtract fractions with models.


The science curriculum helps students discover the wonder of how living things function and survive in their environment.  Students study the Earth’s surface and space beyond.  In physical science, students explore forms of energy, heat, temperature, light and motion.  They gain familiarity with the scientific process through hands-on experiments.  Each student will present a project at the annual science fair.

                   Social Studies

The core of the social studies program is the exploration of communities, both past and present. Students learn about various aspects of family life, structures, and roles in different cultures, as well as the contributions of colonists and immigrants.  Students read, understand, and interpret time lines and are familiar with broad categories of time.  They become familiar with various types of maps and graphs.


Students continue to use The Complete book of Spanish textbook as part of their program.  The objectives are to refine and further develop listening and speaking skills, reinforce and improve reading and writing skills, and expand vocabulary.  During this year, the children learn to write familiar words and sentences using correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.


Music in the third grade includes a variety of activities including movement (dance), singing, listening activities, and playing pitch/unpitched instruments.  Some of the fundamentals included in the third grade year are music in two-four time, codas, phrasing, sixteenth notes, tonal center, and dynamic symbols.  The ‘Angel Chorus’ is offered to students in third grade as a training chorus before they enter Concert Choir in fifth grade.

Library / Media/Technology

Library skills are reviewed and studied in greater depth.  Students become familiar with the Dewey Decimal System and its use. They also use electronic card catalog to search for material.  The dictionary and encyclopedia are used regularly. Students become familiar with award winning books and are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate literature. The students demonstrate knowledge of word processing skills and keyboarding skills.  They learn to access and exit an application, create and save a task, and print. They use educational software and access the Internet to complement the academic curriculum.


Students at this level work in media such as crayon, paint, clay, and collage.  They master skills such as cutting, pasting, and painting.  Lessons integrate classroom themes from language arts, social studies, math and science while incorporating art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.  The curriculum stresses line, shape, space, color, texture, value, and form.

              Physical Education

Students begin to master basic motor and non-locomotor skills such as throwing, catching, and striking.  They develop spatial awareness, sports skills, and team strategies (offense, defense, and spacing) required to participate effectively in team and individual sports activities. Students are introduced to rules for safety and will show respect for others.  They will demonstrate knowledge of the human body’s structure and the importance of physical fitness.  Students will have P.E. twice a week for forty (40) minutes each time