Third Grade



Dyann Nommensen


3rd and 4th grade students

Third Grade Curriculum

Handwriting: Our students improve their printing and focus on sizing letters and spacing words. They learn to write the alphabet in cursive and then gradually start connecting letters to make words.

Memory Work: Our students develop their memory skills by learning various Bible passages that are associated with our daily Bible stories. We use the Christ Light Curriculum.

Reading: Our students read novels and Ed Helper holiday stories. We use the 2005 Houghton-Mifflin reading series.

Religion: In alternating years (third and fourth grades), our students learn the New Testament Stories and Old Testament Stories. They also learn songs or hymns to sing in church or use as prayers in the classroom. We use the Christ Light Curriculum.

Social Studies: Our students learn from Western World Geography, which presents material and activities in a variety of ways. The 2019 text is published Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2019.

Spanish:Our students use Duolingo their Chromebooks to learn vocabulary. They also practice saying common phrases throughout the day.

Phonics/Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012.

Language Arts/Writing: In language arts, our students develop their skills in grammar and writing. We use the Shurley Method.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Music: Our students learn songs; both secular and religious. They also learn about some of the fundamentals of music, including notes, measures and rhythms.

Physical Education: We use the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) Curriculum for our lower grades. Designed to involve all students, these programs encourage activity, incorporate social skills, and emphasize health-related fitness and skill development.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101