Welcome to third grade at Ada Christian – a year of new beginnings and transitions. Third-graders receive their very own Bible; learn to use textbooks for the first time, are introduced to the wonderful patterns God has placed in multiplication and division, and switch from learning-to-read to “reading-to-learn.” Just-right chapter books chosen from the classroom library are at the heart of reading. We share our thoughts and ideas creatively in our Writer’s Notebooks. We explore God’s wonderful world through our science and social studies units and experience some of it first-hand through Outdoor Education, field trips, projects, and celebrations. Come join us as we learn and grow as third-graders in God’s World!
Through our FOSS science curriculum we use a hands-on approach as we investigate God’s wonders in the scientific world. Our third grade units of study include Structures of Life, Motion and Matter, and Water and Climate.
While math in 3rd grade still involves learning facts and performing basic computation, applying those skills to real-world problems is an important component of our lessons. We also add many new math words to our vocabulary. New concepts in 3rd grade include multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, area and perimeter, and even a little algebra!
A Readers Workshop approach is used in 3rd grade. Students learn to choose good-fit chapter books for themselves, try a variety of reading strategies, and read voraciously. 3rd-graders grow as writers through our Write Steps Writing curriculum. Writing techniques and tools are used in crafting personal narrative, expository, persuasive, and research pieces. Grammar, conventions, and spelling work together to help us write correctly and effectively. Cursive handwriting is reviewed and implemented.
God’s Word is filled with promises for His people. In third grade we look at the promises made through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and the Israelite people. We see God’s guiding hand in the lives of His people and the fulfillment of His promises in Bible times and in our lives today. Our Bible memory ties in with our stories, but also helps students remember and reflect on God’s promises to us now.
In 3rd grade, students practice basic movement skills and sports skills, and are encouraged to work on their fitness levels with class time workouts and participation to take care of the bodies God has given them. More sport-oriented games are played, and teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized.
Outdoor Education is an integral extension of our third grade curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to interact with “every square inch” of God’s creation in hands-on ways. From bringing Bible stories to life, to building an authentic homestead, planting and harvesting a three-sisters garden, using a grape press, and so much more!
3rd grade is the first year in which students begin our Spanish program. Students attend Spanish class two times a week for 30 minutes each class. In class we learn new words through gestures, pictures and repetition. Then we create stories that students listen to and act out. The teacher asks lots of questions about the stories and students respond orally and in written form. Additionally we sing and read short stories. Students are expected to listen, read, write, and speak (when ready) in Spanish. The goal is to acquire language naturally in a hybrid immersion setting.
In third grade music we have several highlights in the school year including a visit to Bill Vit’s and his percussion show, third grade choir, and learning how to play the ukulele. Ada Christian has a classroom set that we use to teach students chords, and melodies to many different songs. Some events include: Ukulele concerts, various elementary concerts, Grandfriends Day, and singing the national anthem at the whitecaps.
- a trip to Dairy Discovery at Swiss Lane Farms
- a Michigan Farm Feast
- time with our buddies
- playing in the forts!
- end of the year picnic at Fallsburg Park
- singing The National Anthem at the Whitecaps game
- Grand Rapids Symphony field trip featuring Bill Vitts percussionist
- singing in the 3rd grade choir
- learning to play the ukulele
- beginning Spanish