ADW Language Arts Standards (Grade 3)


Third Grade Language Arts class encompasses reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Language Arts provides opportunities for students to read, discuss, and reflect upon several different types of literature. Students write creatively and to inform.   Small group instruction is an integral part of our philosophy.  Each smaller sized class is taught by a Language Arts teacher along with an assistant.

Selected Goals
  • Strengthening students’ reading fluency, comprehension, writing, and oral expression
  • Reading selections from many different genres including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, poetry, and non-fiction informational text
  • Demonstrating reading comprehension in a variety of ways
  • Learning about steps in the writing process, from brainstorming through publishing and reflecting upon their work
  • Strengthening age appropriate spelling
  • Learning cursive handwriting
  • Developing knowledge of grammar rules
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Third Graders read and discuss stories, novels, poetry, and informational writing
  • Students write journal entries, personal letters, book reports, poetry, and research reports
  • Students create and perform informational cross-curricular presentations about weather and ocean life.  A class play about the solar system is presented to the entire school at year-end
  • Students complete daily grammar and comprehension homework assignments
  • Students are introduced to and work with weekly spelling patterns

ADW Math Standards (Grade 3)


The Third Grade mathematics curriculum is designed to actively engage students in the study of numbers, shapes, measurement, and problem solving.   Students are challenged to experience and make sense of math in and outside the classroom.  Third graders are encouraged to speak using math terminology in interpreting problems and in explaining the strategies they use to solve them.   This course comprises the study of place value to the hundred thousandth, comparing and rounding numbers, addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, graphing, geometry, measurement, time, and money.

Selected Goals
  • Demonstrate how to regroup in three- and four-digit addition/subtraction problems
  • Master multiplication facts 0-12
  • Extend understanding of place value, rounding, fractions, time, and money
  • Explore the basic building blocks of geometry in two and three dimensional shapes
  • Plot ordered pairs, create and interpret graphs, construct congruent shapes using geoboards
  • Find equivalent fractions, make change, determine elapsed time
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Daily Math Practice (5 practice problems)
  • Use of various digital and hands-on manipulatives
  • Interactive math centers to practice and enhance skills learned
  • Use of text book and practice problems
  • Use of math journals and other math worksheets
  • Unit Concept Reviews to assess skills

ADW Religion Standards (Grade 3)


This course nurtures and guides each student’s faith formation and relationship with God.  With a focus on prayer as a conversation with God, third graders learn to reflect on the good and bad choices they make each day.  Third graders explore the mystery of the Holy Trinity, learn to pray the Rosary, reflect on the Stations of the Cross, and engage in parts of the mass at school wide liturgies.

Selected Goals
  • Service: Prepare McKenna Sandwiches, support Bright Beginning Inc. preschoolers
  • Plan and participate in two liturgical events throughout the year: Immaculate Conception Mass and Holy Week Mass
  • Attend two reconciliation services during the year (Advent and Lent) and memorize the Act of Contrition
  • Identify the Body Safety Rules
  • Attend and participate in the Christmas Show and All School masses
  • Memorize: The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be; The Stations of the Cross; parts of the mass
  • Discuss Saints and Holy People, especially St. Ignatius
  • Regularly discuss the Gospel reading from the Sunday mass, and are encouraged to attend Sunday masses with their family
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Daily Prayer: morning, lunch, and afternoon prayer.  The day ends with a 5-10 minute Examen
  • Religion class begins with “Bit of Gratitude”  (Personal letter to God to give thanks)
  • Guided reading in textbook: FINDING GOD: OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S GIFTS (Loyola Press)
  • Group discussions
  • Occasional worksheets to reinforce textbook reading
  • Attend Daily Mass in chapel, as assigned
  • Regularly pray the Rosary as a class

ADW Science Standards (Grade 3)


The Third Grade science curriculum is designed to engage students in the scientific method of inquiry through hands-on experiments.  Students’ ability to observe, describe and explain is fostered through the study of life science, physical science and earth science. The year is comprised of the scientific method, life cycle of plants and animals, animal characteristics and processes, weather, measurement, simple machines, oceans, and the solar system.

Selected Goals
  • Learn the complete steps of the scientific method and be able to record data
  • Use the correct tools properly during an experiment (Ex: microscope, magnifying glass, etc.)
  • Demonstrate how to work with one another on various experiments throughout the year
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the life cycle of animals and plants
  • Understand how each simple machine works and how it is used in everyday life
  • Research a specific ocean animal, then give a written and oral report
  • Observe and describe the relationship of the moon, sun and earth
  • Explore and describe the solar system including planets and stars
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Guided reading in textbook: SCIENCE (MacMillan McGraw-Hill)
  • Class discussion, note-taking, partner work, centers
  • Jeopardy on the SmartBoard for review
  • Videos: Discovery Education
  • Weekly small group experiments for each lesson (Ex: What simple machine is this?, What happens when we put white roses in colored water? , Where is the most pressure in water?, How can you create a model Ocean Floor?)
  • Unit Concept Reviews to assess skills
  • Field trip: Disneynature films in April (2009: EARTH, 2010:OCEANS)
  • Participation in a production of Vacation on Mars
Social Studies

ADW Social Studies Standards (Grade 3)


As a part of Social Studies, third graders learn about maps, geographic terms, and the community around them.  Students explore colonial life, Native Americans, and the early settlement of the Washington DC area.  In a study of American government, students study the branches and levels, the role of citizens in a democratic society, and the history and meaning behind our Nation’s symbols.

Selected Goals for the Year
  • Demonstrate how to find a location using latitude and longitude on a map
  • Label the continents and oceans on a blank map
  • Identify characteristics of colonial and Native American life
  • Analyze timelines to gather information and learn about important historical figures like Christopher Columbus and Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Appreciate the meaning of National symbols
  • Name the levels and branches of government, and give examples of functions of each
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Guided reading with textbook: Social STUDIES: OUR COMMUNITIES (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Class discussion, partner work, small group projects
  • Daily singing of patriotic songs
  • Formative assessments:  Maps and geography, government
  • Field trips:  Annapolis, Maryland with a tour given by a colonial guide and the National Museum of American History
  • Integration with Language Arts when we read The Courage of Sarah Noble

Art is taught as a language of knowing and communicating.  Students grow in the identification, understanding and application of the elements of art, (line, shape, form, texture, and color) in two- and three-dimensional assignments.  Classes meet once a week with one-half of a homeroom.

With each project, students are introduced to relevant cultures and artists. Museums are invaluable for our program: their architecture, exhibits and education resources.  We use HTS library resources extensively and, as appropriate, integrate with individual technology classes.  Relevant book illustrations and art history images are displayed.  We take sketching field trips on our grounds and buildings.  Completed art works are exhibited throughout our buildings and, sometimes, on our website.

At the end of the year, students review and solidify the portfolio emerging from all their works.

Selected Goals

Our primary goal is to guide the students into accepting Art as a way of knowing and communicating as outlined in the AOW Art Standards.   We seek to provide a balance between having a group class, setting out rules and guidelines structured in a project and having free studio class. Each student’s work is celebrated as he or she is able to create it.  Art vocabulary is developed as students experience projects in drawing, field sketching, painting and water coloring, sculpture making, printmaking and portraiture; architecture and the presentation of art work, both in two- and three dimensions.   We seek to increase student awareness of the art and architecture in our school grounds and neighborhood, as well as in other cultures.


Library time focuses on students learning to use libraries independently especially the online catalog as this skill helps them transition to using other online resources.  Learning to evaluating their choices as they become more independent is also a focus.  A variety of books are read and discussed to broaden their knowledge of literature for pleasure reading.


Third graders participate in once-a-week classes designed to awaken and extend each child’s creative capacity. Children at HTS are introduced to music through Orff-Schulwerk, an approach to music education created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Just as children learn to speak before they can read and write, music education encourages singing and playing instruments before learning to read and notate music. Our students experience elemental music in ways that are natural to them: singing, games, movement and other playful activities.  Students develop technique and skills in playing classroom instruments, and have many opportunities to improvise based upon those skills and knowledge.  The primary goals are confidence and success at each level.

Lower School Chorus

Third and fourth graders are invited to join the Lower School Chorus. Students will learn a variety of songs and will have the opportunity to perform at school functions and liturgies. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 12:45-1:15.

Selected Goals for the Year
  • Sing on pitch a capella and with accompaniment
  • Sing expressively with dynamics
  • Accurately echo melodic and rhythmic patterns
  • Play instruments in a group with a steady beat and using correct technique (unpitched percussion, barred instruments, recorder)
  • Experience music from a variety of cultures and historical eras
  • Develop an understanding of musical forms: AB, ABA, rondo, coda, introduction
  • Compose “B,” “C,” etc. sections, introductions, codas – with music and movement
  • Respond to and creat Q & A phrases
  • Create dances to match the form of a piece of music
  • Notation: learn about the staff, notate simple rhythms and melodies (add half rest, whole rest, dotted rhythms, eighth rest)
  • Time signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4)
  • Recorder-Playing (begins in 3rd and continues in 4th);  B-A-G, low E, low D, high C, high D
  • Improvise melodies on the recorder and barred instruments (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels)
  • Canons, cumulative songs (body percussion canon)
  • Speech ostinati, rhytimic ostinati
  • Experience music from a variety of cultures and historical eras through singing, dancing, and listening
  • Respond to music with creative movement

Selected Activities and Approaches Respond to music with creative moement

  • Perform a song or instrumental piece for Christmas Show, Arts Night, Grandparent’s Day assembly, Lower School assembly
  • Dramatize stories with music and movement
  • Cross-curricular unit:  liten/study “Planets” by Holst
  • Learn folk dances from across the world
  • Use children’s literature to explore rhythmic and melodic concepts
  • Attend Northern Virginia Opera performance or another live music venue
Physical Education

To engage students in developmentally appropriate activities that creates maximum opportunities for development of skills, knowledge, health-related fitness, and ultimately, the confidence to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.

Selected Goals
  • Fitness Development
  • Cooperative Games
  • Development of Soccer Skills and Tactics
  • Development of Ultimate Frisbee Skills and Tactics
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Development of Tennis Skills and Concepts
  • Flag Football (“Capture the Football”)
  • Development of Team Handball Skills and Tactics
  • Development of Basketball Skills and Tactics
  • Development of Volleyball Skills and Badminton Skills
  • Introduction to Hockey and Racquetball Skills and Concepts
  • Track and Field Activities
  • Introduction to Softball Skills and Concepts
  • Introduction to Lacrosse Skills and Concepts
  • Review of Games and Activities
Selected Activities and Approaches
  • Regular attendance is required
  • Correct uniform is required
  • Emphasis on effort, sportsmanship, and skill development
  • Students are graded on effort, participation, sportsmanship and skill development

Third Grade Computer Class use educational software and online games to reinforce fundamental skills in phonics and mathematics.  Students are introduced to basic keyboarding and word processing skills.  The students use graphics programs such as Inspiration Mapping, PowerPoint, MS Publisher, and Pixie to reinforce and present topics learned in class.  The fundamentals of Internet research also are introduced.

Updated:  June 2011