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Third grade at Saint Joseph School is a year filled with many academic and social accomplishments. As students grow in their spirituality, they are ever stiving for their own personal academic development. Third graders will become scientists, historians, authors, publishers, and many things in between. Students will participate in many hands-on and interactive learning experiences. This year your child will continue to develop the skills to become independent life-long learners.
In third grade at Saint Joseph School the students are on a quest to learn the faithful traditions of the Catholic Church. Increasing their understanding of the liturgical year celebrations and the ways we choose to witness Jesus’ acts of generosity and love is a major focus of our third-grade curriculum. Students identify and understand our Christian faith through Scripture and Tradition. Throughout our year we will grow as a community of Christians, with a deeper knowledge of prayers, mass services, and history of the Catholic identity.
English Language Arts (ELA)
The third-grade ELA curriculum uses Houghton Mifflin’s Reading program and Voyages in English to improve students reading and writing abilities. Students build an understanding of the characteristics of narratives, expository writing, friendly letters, and persuasive pieces. To coincide with this, students also practice phonics skills using the Fundations program. Students’ progress is monitored throughout the year through the Collin’s Writing Program and Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment.
The third-grade math curriculum is Progress in Mathematics. Students begin by revisiting place value and operations before beginning multiplication and division. .  Towards the middle of the year, students are introduced statistics, measurement, and data. Students then explore geometry with a focus on angles, polygons, perimeter, and area. They also learn about the concept of time and how to measure to the nearest hour and minute. We finish the year by learning about fractions.
Social Studies
The third grade social studies curriculum gives students the opportunity to act as cartographers, historians, government representatives, and famous historical figures all while focusing on Massachusetts history as far back as the 17th century. Students spend the fall learning about the significance of the Wampanoag and Pilgrims and finish the unit with a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. The year continues with an exploration of hometown and government; focusing on tax, community leaders, and economics. Next students learn about Massachusetts’ role in the American Revolution, paying close attention to the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Battle of Bunker Hill. The year concludes with a study of influential people from our state both past and present.
 Throughout the year we explore plants, animals, and living things. Students become scientists themselves by participating in many hands-on experiments related to the curriculum.  Third graders will learn the importance of classification and life cycles of plants and animals. Students connect living things to ecosystems and habitats. Furthermore, we explore energy, force and motion, and weather systems.