Students in the Third through Seventh Grades at CCS will be taught Michael Clay Thompson’s approach to grammar analysis. In Grade 3, Building Language introduces the Latin roots as the foundation of our language in teaching the vocabulary and serves as a precursor to Caesar’s English I and II. Thompson introduces his four-level grammar analysis in Grammar Island as students begin to focus on the study of grammar. Music of the Hemispheres is Thompson’s introduction to poetry which he believes demands a whole-brain appreciation. . The students continue to develop and apply their comprehension skills to a wide variety of authentic fiction and nonfiction literature including a selection a classical literature such as Charlotte’s Web; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; and Prince Caspian: The Return to Nardia.
Students in the Third through Sixth Grades at CCS will be taught the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, an internationally renowned program developed by educator, Ruth Culham. This methodology breaks the writing process down into the seven traits used by an effective writer: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Instruction is based on the appropriate developmental abilities of young writers. Writing prompts are created by the teacher and are woven into the Bible, Science, Literature, and Social Studies units being taught in the classroom. Thus, writing becomes an integral part of how a student responds to his or her every-day learning. Students in Grade 3 will continue to learn the Zaner-Bloser cursive method of handwriting.
Students will progress in their ability to write effectively in all four genres of writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Persuasive. Students will be taught to edit and revise their own writing and will be given the tools to assess their own writing, as well as that of others.
Third grade students continue to learn history chronologically through a study of the ancient Greeks and Roman eras. This chronological approach has proven to be a beneficial and valuable strategy for many children. By memorizing names, dates, places and events, children gain a valuable tool for understanding how God is working today and what He has done during many past events. Learning how to develop a chronological sequence or time line of history is a crucial part of anyone’s education. Additionally, this classical methodology of memorizing the historical information which is presented in a variety of ways makes the memory work both retainable and enjoyable. They learn to appreciate the significance of works of art and ethnic celebrations in their study of culture. They will also learn how physical characteristics of places affect humans. The use of maps and globes is the focus of their study of geography. Classical literature, such as Detectives in Togas, The Mystery of the Roman Ransom, and Pompeii Buried Alive bring these time periods to life as the students read and study these great works of fiction. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the social studies curriculum.
In third grade our math curriculum remains with Saxon Math 4 with its rigorous curriculum for this grade level. This year the students will learn about naming geometric figures, organizing data, number sentences, algebra, measures of angles, fractions, chance, probability, perimeter, area, fractions, decimals, reflection, symmetry, weight, volume, capacity, and rates. They will continue to work on their problems solving skills in solving word problems.
In Chemistry for the Grammar Stage, the students will use their student workbook as a tool to create a lasting memory of their study for the year. Students will learn several types of scientific investigations processes. Ongoing projects are designed to be done over several weeks. For example, the students will complete their own periodic table by adding the groups as they study them. Chemistry is best learned hands on at this age. The students will learn how to conduct themselves appropriately in a laboratory setting and will use laboratory equipment such as beakers and graduated cylinders. The students will develop their understanding of the scientific method and how a scientific test works by performing experiments, making observations then writing up the experimental process. The write-up page becomes more refined with this grade level. The page has four sections, the materials list, the procedure, the results and the conclusion.
Third grade will continue their study of the Old Testament and the period shortly after the establishment of Israel in Canaan as a nation, continuing through the many periods of faithfulness and unfaithfulness of God`s people and ends before Elijah comes on the scene. Naomi, Ruth, David and Solomon are just a few of the people third graders will study.