Third Grade

BIBLE: Bible Truths 3 (BJU Press)
The goals of the third grade Bible curriculum are both spiritual and educational. Students learn about Christian living from the stories of Old Testament Bible heroes, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and Daniel. They will also learn the Old and New Testament books of the Bible and participate in Scripture memory and Sword Drills.

MATH: Math 3 (BJUPress)
The third grade math curriculum teaches children strategies for solving various types of problems through fun, hands-on exploration . Students tackle the challenges of real-life word problems and situations while continuing to master the addition and subtraction facts as well as the multiplication and division facts (up to 10).  Other third grade concepts include place value, time, measurement, and even decimals.  Students gain an appreciation for geometric symbols and calculations involving lines, angles, patterns, perimeter, and area.  This hands-on approach makes the transition to upper elementary math one of fun and assimilation of learning.


  • ReadingReaders 3-1 and 3-2 with workbooks (BJU Press)
    Third grade students read a variety of stories, enabling them to develop a love for literature. Comprehension skills are stressed. A more comprehensive study of phonics skills helps the students with decoding and dividing longer words into syllables. Vocabulary words are introduced with every lesson, helping the student learn sight words as well as decoding words in context. Dictionary skills are included.
  • EnglishEnglish 3 for Christian Schools (BJU Press)
    Grammar and writing are taught alternately to provide a strong link between these two language arts. The grammar segment focuses on the development and practice of grammar skills. The writing portion addresses the stages of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing.
  • Spelling and Vocabulary: Spelling 3 (BJU Press)
    Wordly Wise 3000® provides direct academic vocabulary instruction that develops the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension.  Direct instruction of important, useful, or difficult words for each grade level helps students successfully comprehend content-area texts and improve test results.
  • Handwriting:  Handwriting 3 (BJU Press)
    Third grade students begin learning cursive writing at the start of the year.  Students who are new to our school gain from early practice in letter formation; returning students are transitioning from the pre-cursive writing in the early elementary years to full cursive writing.  All students are writing in cursive by second semester.

HISTORY: Heritage Studies 3 (BJU Press)
For one semester in third grade history students are introduced to American patriots as they study biographical sketches of the men and women who made America what it is today. They are taught about loyalty to God and our country. Map skills are included.

HEALTHHealth Plus Safety and Manners (A Beka Book)
This one-semester class stimulates students’ interest in a healthy lifestyle. Safety and manners are also addressed. Students learn about their bodies and how God intends for them to care for them.

SCIENCE: Science 3 (BJU Press)
This one-semester class addresses the foundational study of the human body, plants, vertebrates and invertebrates. Additional Creation topics are covered: the desert, ocean, pond, forest, farmer’s field, and weather. Each is taught with a Christian perspective and acknowledges God as the Creator of all.