Third Grade

Angela Braatz


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. We use Zaner-Bloser Handwritting 2020.

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: I use novels for this grade. A variety of activities are used to enhance the learning experience. Supplemental worksheets are also used to focus on different reading skills.

Religion: In alternating years 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: It is a series where the following content areas are taught: Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, 5 Regions of the United States, Government, and Economics.  Each section has its own PowerPoint presentation with follow-up questions to support understanding of the content. When learning about the 50 states we also learn the capital for each state and other fun fact information.

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: A series of presentations from a variety of science areas.  We cover the Solar System, Plant Life Cycle, Heat Energy, States of Matter, Earth's Features, Bones and Muscles, Force and Motion.  Where appropriate we conduct experiments to enhance the learning experience.  Videos are also used to supplement the knowledge gained.

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