Third Grade Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Third Grade Curriculum


Course Texts:

  • Religion 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Our Life with Jesus, Textbook
  • Our Life with Jesus, Activity Book
  • Our Life with Jesus, Teacher Manual (Optional)
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1, Answer Key (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Three Religion develops the student’s understanding of God’s plan for the salvation of mankind.  It begins with Creation and covers the Incarnation, the redemptive act of the Crucifixion, and the birth of the Church at Pentecost.  The course introduces the student to the fullness of our life in the Church.  It shows how man begins to use his gifts in cooperation with God’s plan for mankind and His Church.  Special emphasis is placed on the two most important Sacraments in the Church, illustrating their relationship to each other and to the salvific mission of the Church.  In this year the study of the Mass begins.  The student sees it first as a sacrifice and then as a means for unifying Christ’s Church Militant.  The student will also look at the family as the environment God has created to form us in his image and likeness, and the importance of family prayer to gain the strength needed to meet the challenges facing us.


Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Three, Textbook
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Three, Study Guide (2 book set)

Course Description:

Third Grade Reading uses The Catholic National Reader, Book Three as the primary reader.  The reading program is based on mutual response: teacher reading & students listening; student reading & teacher & other students listening.  Vocal reading skill is to be practiced and developed; the child should read orally every day.  The Catholic National Reader is quite challenging so if necessary, proceed more slowly than the course plans suggest.  It is not unusual for a student to be reading the book that is a year below his grade level.

Through this course, the student will:

  • Understand how learning develops from good reading habits
  • Be able to identify & describe what takes place & the point or objective of the author
  • Continue to develop a love of reading, strengthen his vocabulary skills by reading & learning new words from the books read
  • Improve composition skills in writing book reports


Course Texts:

  • Phonics C Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Phonics C, Workbook
  • Phonics C, Answer Key (Optional)
  • Phonics C, Teacher Manual (Optional)

Course Description:

Third Grade Phonics brings the student into alphabetic sequence, all positions of consonants, hard and soft ‘c’ and ‘g’, short and long vowels, consonant blends, recognition of syllables, diphthongs, prefixes, and word types.  The student will also look at prefixes, base words, and suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, homographs, and dictionary skills.  Phonics C begins with easy material, and the child should be able to complete most of the work with very little help.  Much in the phonics book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling.

English Grammar & Composition

Course Texts:

  • English 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Voyages in English 3, Student Edition
  • Voyages in English 3, Teacher Edition (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 3, Practice Workbook (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 3, Student Assessment Book (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 3, Practice & Assessment Book Answer Key (Optional)
  • English 3 Answer Key (Optional)

Texts will be available soon in the Bookstore.

Course Description:

Voyages in English offers comprehensive language arts instruction.  It builds students’ confidence as effective writers, readers, listeners, and speakers.  The textbook is organized into two related yet distinct parts: grammar and writing.  The course includes lessons which integrate these two parts to show the relationship between grammar and writing.

In addition to a full grammar course (including sentence diagramming), the third-grade text also provides instruction in writing personal narratives, personal letters, how-to articles, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing, and research reports.


Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary 3 Course Plan (Paid for with enrollment) – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Tools for Comprehension Level Green, Student book
  • Sadlier Vocabulary Tools for Comprehension Level Green, Teacher Manual (Optional)

Course Description:


Primary Literature (3rd/4th Grade)

The Primary Literature program for Grades Three and Four, introduces the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course.  The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints…



Course Texts:

  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 3 Beginning Cursive Writing


Course Texts:

  • History 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans, Textbook
  • Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans, Study Guide (2 book set )

Course Description:

Third Grade History uses Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans.  Not just a history book, this little gem makes a great reader, and what a wonderful way to introduce young children to their American history, with 52 short biographical sketches sure to catch a child’s imagination and with the charming illustrations from the 1895 edition.


Course Texts:

  • Geography 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Daily Geography Practice 3, Workbook
  • Daily Geography Practice 3, Teacher Manual (Optional, but strongly recommended)
  • World Globe (Not carried by Kolbe, but strongly recommended)

Course Description:

Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in 3rd grade:

  • Using a globe & maps
  • Intermediate directions
  • Map grid, index, key & scale
  • Picturing the United States & North America
  • Transportation routes
  • Road map of South Dakota
  • Waterways of the United States
  • Physical maps of Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Massachusetts, & Hawaii
  • United States: pacific, southwest, northeast, & southeast regions
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • The White House
  • Weather map
  • Oregon’s forests
  • Ten largest cities in Wyoming
  • County fair
  • Product map of Wisconsin
  • Living in a community
  • Community services
  • Bluegrass region of Kentucky
  • Tourist map of California
  • Minerals of Alaska
  • The Lewis & Clark trail
  • Neighborhood plan


Mathematics (Option 1: Singapore®)

Course Texts:

  • Singapore Math 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Primary Mathematics 3A, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 3A, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 3A, Home Instructor’s Guide
  • Primary Mathematics 3B, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 3B, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 3B, Home Instructor’s Guide

Course Description:

Primary Mathematics 3 (Standards Edition) is an objective-based curriculum that aids students in their mathematical problem solving skills both in practical and abstract concepts.  The third grade curriculum has a significant emphasis on applications and problem solving strategies.  Lessons begin with a concrete representation of a concept, followed by pictorial representation and finally a symbolic representation of the general or abstract concept so that students will achieve mastery of each concept and be able to apply the abstract ideas to a range of practical problem solving situations.  Reasoning and understanding patterns and concepts are emphasized throughout the course.  It is hoped that students will develop important logic and reasoning skills that will be invaluable in future mathematics courses and throughout life.

Mathematics (Option 2: MCP)

Course Texts:

  • MCP Math C Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • MCP Math C, Workbook
  • MCP Math C, Teacher Manual (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Three Mathematics is directed to expanding the principles of the four functions that were begun in the second grade: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  These four functions are the underpinnings of all that will be studied in arithmetic.  Essentially, the course will involve the use of both inductive and deductive activities.

Modern Curriculum Press Mathematics C begins with reviews of what the student has already learned.  It then covers:

  • Place values & recognition to 1,000,000
  • Money
  • Rounding & estimation
  • Addition & subtraction up to 4-digit numbers
  • Time to the quarter of an hour
  • Perimeter & volume
  • Temperature in Fahrenheit & Celsius
  • Meter & liquid measures
  • Multiplication & division facts through 9
  • Multiplication of 1-digit by 2 & 3-digit numbers
  • Area
  • Geometric solids
  • Angles
  • Division with remainders
  • Averages
  • Fractions through 1/12, & decimals


Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science 3 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Harcourt Science, Grades 3/4 Textbook*
  • Harcourt Science, Grades 3/4 Answer Key (Optional)*
  • Harcourt Science, Grades 3/4 Workbook (Optional)*
  • Harcourt Science, Grades 3/4 Workbook Answer Key (Optional)*

*Harcourt Science Grades 3/4 is used in both 3rd and 4th grade

Course Description:

Third Grade Science is a basic introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences.  The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues in depth science in later years.  Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations alongside the reading of the textbook.

The Harcourt Science series has the availability of several online learning tools to anyone who purchases the textbook.  The first is provided by the publisher, Harcourt.  There are several supplementary activities for the student and teacher on this website.  Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  This website allows you to select the topic you are studying in the book, and will take you to a page of selected website links that can help you to enhance and further develop the topics that your child is studying.  The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text itself.

Life Science Topics:

  • Cells, animals, plants, & fungi
  • Animal growth & adaptations, animal needs, anatomy, & behavior
  • Plant growth & adaptations, plant needs to live, structure, & reproduction
  • Human body systems, including skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, & digestive

Earth Science Topics:

  • Causes & formations of earthquakes & volcanoes
  • The formation of fossils
  • Fossil fuels

Physical Science Topics:

  • The states & measurement of matter & its chemical & physical changes
  • Heat, heat transfer, & thermal energy
  • Sound & sound waves
  • Light

Introduction to Elementary Latin

Course Texts:

  • Latina Christiana Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Latina Christiana, Set

Course Description:

Latina Christiana is an introductory elementary Latin course.  This course is a lighter and less academically rigorous course than Elementary Latin 1 (see below).  Latina Christiana employs the “grammar‐first” approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization.  However, the course takes things slowly so that the Latin grammar becomes embedded in the long‐term memory of the student.  It is imperative that the student thoroughly grasp each lesson before moving on to the next.

Elementary Latin 1

Course Texts:

  • Liber Primus Puella Romana, Set

Course Description:

The Little Latin Readers series follows the general outline of the first year of Fr. Henle’s First Year Latin, extended over six years of elementary school, e.g., third grade through eighth grade.  Puella Romana introduces the first declension.  Britanni et Galli introduces the second declension and Civitates Europae introduces the third declension.  Starting with Italia and ending with Sancta Missa, the fourth and fifth declensions are added along with more advanced grammatical concepts.  The diagramming of sentences begins in the fifth level, Vita Mariae, and continues throughout.  The use of verbs is confined in the first two levels to intransitive verbs and nominative, genitive and ablative endings are introduced.  In this way, the range of endings is kept very small and more attention may be fixed upon the conceptualization of Subject-Verb agreement, along with Being Verbs, Intransitve Verbs and Predicate Complements.  For the sake of variety a number of prepositional phrases and the genitive of possession are included.

The readers present short Latin reading selections for immersion.  Drill books offer more detailed grammar explanations and vocabulary enrichment.  For each lesson, a Latin quote from Scripture or the writings of the saints is presented for memorization.  Diacritical markings are present in all books and drill books study the pronunciation and accent rules so the student will become more adept at pronunciation.

The Teacher’s Guide gives detailed weekly lesson plans, based on a 4-day week with suggestions for board-work during group lessons and suggested Latin prayers.  Weekly quizzes test material in workbooks and drill books.  Quarterly exams only test material from the workbook.  The content of the drill book is given not for mastery but for enrichment and to familiarize the student with concepts that will be studied in-depth on the next level.

Upon completion of all the levels, students will have been introduced and have extensive practice with all the material in Henle Latin I.

Course Objectives:

  • Master first declension feminine nouns in the nominative case
  • Introduce first declension masculine nouns in the nominative case
  • Master understanding of subjects & predicate complements
  • Master use of first declension nouns with prepositions governed by the ablative & accusative cases
  • Master first declension feminine nominative & ablative singular & plural forms
  • Master the use of first declension feminine adjectives in nominative & ablative cases
  • Master the use of third person present indicative active of the being verb esse
  • Master the use of third person present indicative active intransitive first conjugation verbs
  • Master the use of the prepositions in, ad, prope, super
  • Master noun/adjective agreement in first declension feminine nominative & ablative