Third Grade Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Third Grade Curriculum


Course Texts:

  • Religion 3 Course Plan & Tests
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Course Texts:

  • English 3 Course Plan & Tests
  • Lepanto Grammar 3, Textbook
  • Lepanto Grammar 3, Teacher Manual (Optional)

Course Description:

If your student has done Kolbe Academy’s English 2, it is recommended that he skip Lepanto Grammar 3 and go on to Lepanto Grammar 4.  If this is the case, refer to the description for 4th grade material.

The teaching of English is cumulative.  In Grade Three the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it.  Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student’s reading, composition, spelling, and phonics.

The student should be expected to memorize many definitions, words, and lists in this book.  The student should also have a notebook especially for written composition and that he will write a paragraph in it every day.  This course should be supplemented with readings in literature, with quarterly or semester book reports completed on these readings.

Topics covered include:

  • The four types of sentences, with appropriate punctuation
  • Writing paragraphs, letters, & book reports
  • Irregular verbs, poetry, & dictionary skills
  • Synonyms, antonyms, & homonyms
  • Capitalization & contractions

Primary Literature

Course Texts:

  • Primary Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • Primary Literature Workbook Study Guide
  • Primary Literature Student Glossary
  • Primary Literature Teacher Manual


  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Betsey and Tacy
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses
  • The Children’s Homer
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • The Great Brain
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
  • Of Bells and Cells
  • Peter Rabbit Story Collection
  • Pinocchio
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Winnie the Pooh

Saint Stories:

  • The Children of Fatima
  • The Little Flower
  • Patron Saint of First Communicants
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Rose of Lima

Course Description:

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.  There is a suggested amount of time in which to cover each book.  Parents, possibly with the assistance of the student, are to select the proper number of books to fit into each quarter.  Kolbe has provided suggested grade levels for each work to aid the parent in choosing appropriate books for their student’s grade level in the syllabus.  These are based on maturity level needed for themes present in the work, difficulty of vocabulary, and overall difficulty of the material presented in the work.

A well-rounded literature course for each year includes choices from both the novels and lives of saints.  Each Novel and most of the saint books include weekly written assignment topics.  The Study Question booklets include study questions that are perfect to use for a short quiz after the student has read the daily assignment.  Kolbe Academy has provided an extensive amount of literature to study over the course of 3rd and 4th grade.  As such, students are NOT expected to cover all of the material included in the Primary Literature course.


Course Texts:

  • Spelling 3 Course Plan
  • Phonogram Flash Cards
  • Macmillan Dictionary for Children (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Three Spelling develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in the dictionary, understand and remember the definitions of words, and understand the parts of speech of the listed words.  A child’s dictionary is necessary. At first using the dictionary is challenging for most children, but the more it is used the easier it becomes.  It is great preparation for the future grades.  If your student needs more of a challenge, words from The Catholic National Reader can be assigned in addition to those in the weekly lists.


Course Texts:

  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 3 Beginning Cursive Writing


Course Texts:

  • History 3 Course Plan & Tests
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Course Texts:

  • Liber Primus Puella Romana, set

Course Description:

Prima Latina was written to transition directly into Latina Christiana, allowing students to complete an entire Latin sequence without missing important concepts or vocabulary.  Prima Latina is accompanied by an audio CD which includes pronunciation direction for each lesson and four beautiful hymns from Lingua Angelica.  Prima Latina uses a clear and systematic format to introduce Latin to young students.  It teaches important English and Latin grammar concepts, as well as vocabulary, sayings, prayers, hymns, and constellations.