Third Grade

You’re in the third grade now, a leader of the lower school, and you like the way that feels. You even get a lead role in the Christmas program this year! The bell rings, and you hear a sixth-grade voice come over the loud speaker. You listen closely as she reads from the Bible and leads your class in prayer. You look forward to the day you are a sixth-grade student who raises the flags, works carpool, and reads to the younger students. But, for now, getting to go to class at “Camp Dawson” is loads of fun. Mrs. Dawson even lets the class wear headlamps and read in the dark during silent reading, like real camping!

This year you’ve learned that you enjoy writing. Getting to write and illustrate in your personal class journal has been really fun. When you read Anne of Green Gables aloud in class, you saw yourself in the poetry-loving Anne Shirley, and you can’t wait for more creative opportunities … like the cereal box book report and animal book report project in the spring. You’re enjoying the class books — Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Charlotte’s Webb, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory — and you look forward to visiting the stables when your class completes Black Beauty.

Geography has been exciting this year, and you’ve learned how to read maps. Your first big report will be on a European country, and you’ll decorate a paper doll in its traditional dress. By the end of this year, you’ll know your 50 state capitals. In science, you’ve been studying force and motion, and the big leaf project is coming soon. You really liked creating your own galaxy!

Visiting Texas Discovery Gardens in the fall was such fun, and you can’t wait to explore the Trinity River Audubon Center in the spring. Third grade has been wonderful. You feel respected by your teachers and encouraged by your friends. You get to paint and draw in art, sing and dance in music, run and stretch in P.E., and laugh and play as you learn. Life is good at Highlander. 

  • Pledge and prayer
  • Character development
  • Poetry memorization/recitation
  • Classroom literature: Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Webb, Black Beauty, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Sentence analysis
  • Cereal Box Report, Animal Report, European Country Report
  • Geography: continents, maps, 50 states and capitals
  • Trinity River Audubon Center
  • Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Science: force and motion, seeds and plants, solar system, leaf project
  • Accelerated Reader program
  • Creative writing and journaling
  • Saxon Math 54 (regular 5th/honors 4th)
  • Art appreciation
  • Self-expression through art
  • French
  • Computer/keyboarding
  • Music
  • P.E. every day