Dupont Park Adventist School

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Grade 3


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Key Learnings: 3rd Grade

BIBLE Accepting His Plan: The Plan of Redemption, God’s plan for the Church and for the individual

            Understand the importance of studying scripture in daily life

            Know who the “three-in-one” members of the God-family are and their individual roles

            Understand that God and the angels He created lived in heaven in perfect harmony before sin

            Understand that sin and its effects are the result of the universal conflict between God and Satan

            Know that death is a consequence of sin, but God has the power to raise the dead from their graves

            Explain Jesus’ role as Messiah, Savior and Redeemer in the plan of salvation

            Know that Christians are part of God’s family and have a responsibility to witness/serve others

            Understand that all people are equal in God’s sight and are accepted into the Family of God

            Know how God has worked in history to preserve the Christian church

            Understand that each person has spiritual gifts and talents

            Know that the power to make right choices is provided by grace

            Understand that Jesus is coming back for all who have chosen to follow Him and will live with Him through eternity


FINE ARTS Art -Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.

            Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories

            Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas

            Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning

            Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures

            Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places

            Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks

            Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines



            Recognize and write eighth notes and rests

            Recognize major and minor tonality (sounds)

            Use introduction, interludes, codas

            Recognize AABB and AABA patterns

            Know meaning of signs p, mp, mf and f

            Identify different solo voices

            Identify music styles from different countries

            Learn to use the hymnal index





            Analyze information learned from media

            Summarize and sequence events and ideas

            Identify the main format of visual media



             Listen without interrupting

            Identify how literature uses the sounds of language



            Apply phonics elements in reading and writing

            Use dictionary and glossary to learn word meanings

            Read both narrative and expositive text

            Read fiction and nonfiction

            Read aloud, speaking clearly and with expression



            Speak clearly, using correct grammar and words

            Express ideas in a logical manner


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Use facial expressions and gestures

Visually Representing

Develop visual media to organize and group specific information

Create visual media to show main idea and supporting details



Transition to cursive writing

Practice the writing process

Begin using characteristics of good writing

Introduce and use parts-of-speech

 Write friendly letters

Indent the beginning of a paragraph

Expand the use of correct punctuation




Number and Operations


Understand and describe place value to the ten-thousands place

Design and label number lines appropriate to the situation

Compare and order numbers through 10,000

Skip count by threes, e.g. 1, 18, 21, 24…

Understand the commutative property of addition and multiplication

Understand the zero property of multiplication

Understand the meaning of the decimal point

Understand the concept of tenths written as a decimal

Understand the meaning of multiplication and division

Know the multiplication and division fact families

Know multiplication and corresponding division facts

Add and subtract numbers up to four digits with and without renaming

Multiply mentally by 10 and 100

Multiply and divide 2-digit number by a 1-digit number

Divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number with remainder

Understand the meaning and structure of fractions between zero and one

Understand and write simple mixed numbers

Compare fractions with like denominators

Add and subtract fractions with like denominators

Add and subtract money

Use strategies to estimate the results of whole number computations



Analyze mathematical sequences with and without a calculator

Use patterns to make predictions, solve problems and identify relationships

Understand and explain mathematical relationships in equations and inequalities

Solve equations and inequalities

Identify such properties as commutative, and associative - use to compute with whole numbers

Understand and use grouping symbols e.g. 8 + 6 = 8 + (2 + 4)



Explore congruence and similarity

Add to find perimeter

Count squares to find area

Count cubes to determine volume

Create models of 2-dimensional objects

 Investigate simple nets

Analyze/describe 2- and 3-dimensional objects using terms: vertex, edge, angle, side, face

Find and name locations on a labeled grid or coordinate system



      Identify shapes that can be put together to make a given shape, e.g. tangrams




            Use correct measurement vocabulary

            Explain and measure temperature using Celsius and Fahrenheit scales

            Read and understand a simple time line

            Measure length, weight, volume using metric and US customary units to nearest ½ unit as appropriate

            Using appropriate tools, draw a line or shape with specified measurements

            Count money up to $10.00

            Understand attributes of second, minute, hour

            Tell time to the minute, before or after the hour, using analog and digital clocks

            Measure elapsed time using a calendar or clock

            Read and understand a calendar using day, week, month and year

            Count weeks before and after certain dates on the calendar


Data Analysis and Probability     

            Organize and interpret data using line graphs

            Construct graphs using data from a table

            Discover patterns in tables and graphs by creating, organizing, recording and analyzing data

            Formulate questions and categories for data collection and actively collect first-hand information

            Describe the shape and important features of a set of data and compare related data sets, with an emphasis on how the data are distributed



Spiritual Emphasis


            Recognize that God’s ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle

            Incorporate into one’s lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God

            Avoid at-risk behaviors

            Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports

            Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities

            Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well­being



Movement and Motor Skills

            Demonstrate mature form in all locomotor patterns and selected manipulative and non-locomotor skills

            Adapt a skill to the demands of a dynamic, unpredictable environment

            Acquire beginning skills of a few specialized movement forms

            Combine movement skills in applied settings

            Apply critical elements to improve personal performance in fundamental and selected specialized motor skills

            Use critical elements of fundamental and specialized movement skills to provide feedback to others

            Recognize and apply concepts that impact the quality of increasingly complex movement



Lifestyle and Fitness

            Select and participate regularly in physical activities for the purpose of improving skill and health

            Identify the benefits derived from regular physical activity

            Identify several moderate to vigorous physical activities that provide personal pleasure

            Identify several activities related to each component of physical fitness

            Associate results of fitness testing to personal health status and ability to perform various


            Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by a fitness testing program

            Experience enjoyment while participating in physical activity

            Enjoy practicing activities to increase skill competence



            Interact with friends while participating in group activities

            Use physical activity as a means of self-expression


Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors

            Follow, with few reminders, activity-specific rules, procedures and etiquette

            Utilize safety principles in activity situations

            Work cooperatively and productively with a partner or small group

            Work independently and on-task for a specified period of time

            Explore cultural/ethnic self-awareness through participation in physical activity

            Recognize the attributes that individuals with difference can bring to group activities

            Experience differences and similarities among people of different backgrounds by participating in activities of national, cultural and ethnic origins

Electricity/Magnetism, Force/Motion: Friction, Gravity, Inertia


            Identify the basic nature of current and static electricity

            Define force and friction and explain how they affect movement

            Define gravity and describe how it affects matter

            Compare the gravitational attraction of objects of varying mass

            Define inertia and describe the its effects

Describe how forces affect the motion of objects
Life: Birds, Mammals, Classification


            Describe the basic needs of living things

            Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt to their environments

            Describe how related animals have similar characteristics

            Explain food chains and food webs and identify producers and consumers in an ecosystem

Classify organisms according to characteristics that are similar and different Earth: Meteorology (Atmosphere, Water Cycle, Seasons, Weather Elements); Space Exploration

            Describe the composition of the atmosphere

            Describe the water cycle including precipitation, condensation, and cloud formation

            Explain the change of seasons and why Earth is unequally heated

            Identify the elements of weather including air pressure, temperature, wind, and humidity

            Identify and trace the movement of objects in the sky

            Describe Earth’s place in the solar system and movement patterns of objects within solar system

            Recognize the contributions of space exploration, past and present 

Understand God as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe
Health: Nutrition, Family Health Habits, Consumer Health


            Describe healthy dietary guidelines

            Categorize foods in the food pyramid

            Explain how the body utilizes basic nutrients

            Understand that God has provided guidelines (natural laws) to keep us healthy

            Understand how the family influences personal health and how health-related problems impact the whole family

            Identify proper consumer health care habits e.g. regular visits to dentist, doctor


Scientific Inquiry

            Make observations

            Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

            Plan a simple investigation

            Collect data from the investigation

            Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

            Safely use and store tools and equipment    


Service and Career Options

      Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community


Identify careers in areas of science




OVERRIDING STATEMENTS: Civics, geography and economics should be studied within the context of the history for each grade.

INTEGRATION OF FAITH & LEARNING: Although individual religious concepts are not explicitly stated, the idea of God’s leading in the affairs of history and human relationships should be embedded in all of the social studies lessons.

History: Communities (Time, Communities: Past and Present)

Understand time:  years, decades, centuries

Understand time lines and history of one’s community

Understand how God works through people to help make the community a better place

Know how the Adventist church helps communities

Understand the community through traditions and local holidays

Understand the contributions and significance of historical figures in one’s community

Know the development of communities e.g. pioneers/explorers, Native People, ethnic groups Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

Follow the rules (laws and expectations) of the community

Respect the rights and property of others

Understand the role of diversity and the importance of shared values in the United States

Understand the components of rural and urban government

Know the importance of Christian citizenship

Develop responsibility through good decision making

Understand the roles of volunteerism and organized groups in American social and political life Geography: Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

Know the basic elements of maps and globes and construct maps of one’s community

Identify how the characteristics of places are shaped by physical and human processes

Understand how climate and weather help to shape features on the earth’s surface
Economics:  Interaction of Supply and Demand in a Market Economy


Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship 

Understand the needs of one’s community

Know about the finances of a community

Learn about the goods, services and government in a community

Know the importance of business and services in a community

Identify means of transportation and communication within the community




Demonstrate proper use and care of computers and other audio-visual equipment

Practice using the keyboard

Become familiar with proper computer terms

Use computers to express ideas with drawing, multi-media and word processing software

Learn file management

Learn about technology related occupations and use in everyday life

Use appropriate input/output devices

Begin troubleshooting for basic malfunctions

Become aware of copyright issues

Practice courtesy and respecting of computer time




Dupont Park Adventist School
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