Third grade at Saint Patrick School is a wonderful and exciting year for a learner.  This is when a student moves from learning to read to reading to learn.  Reading skills will be used in all of the subject areas.  In third grade, the student starts to put the learning pieces together to take on more complicated assignments.  The basic skills of first and second grade are now applied to working more as an independent learner as directions become more multi-stepped.  This is the next step of becoming a lifelong learner.


Blest Are We, published by RCL Benziger, is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: What Catholics Believe, How Catholics Worship, How Catholics Live, and How Catholics Pray.  The third grade focuses on the Church.  Students learn and study about how the Church is one, holy, Catholic, apostolic, and has a mission to the world.  Scripture, the foundation of every chapter, leads to a presentation of Catholic doctrine – statements of believe, worship, morality, and prayer.  The program includes stories about the Saints and other important Catholic figures designed to inspire and bring to life.


Go Math!, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the text used to support the third grade math curriculum.  This program correlates with the math common core.

Students will:

  • Perform addition and subtraction within 1000
  • Represent and Interpret data
  • Understand Multiplication facts and related strategies
  • Understand Division facts and related strategies
  • Understand and compare fractions
  • Understand time, length, liquid, volume, and mass
  • Understand perimeter and area
  • Understand geometry with focus on two-dimensional shapes


Journeys, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the text used to support the third grade reading curriculum.  This program correlates with the reading common core.  Students will read selections from the following genres: humorous fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational text, folk tale, and legend.  The third grade places emphasis on comprehension skills which will cross over the curriculum and assist them in reading to learn.   These skills include: story structure, summarize, conclusions, infer/predict, understanding characters, analyze/evaluate, compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence of events, text and graphic features, main ideas and details, fact and opinion, author’s purpose, visualize, monitor/clarify, and question.

Grammar and Writing

Voyages in English, by Loyola Press, is the text used to support the third grade grammar and writing curriculum.  This program correlates with the grammar and writing common core.

This program is designed to:

  • Enable children to practice grammar through direct instruction, rigorous practice, written application and ongoing assessment.
  • Practice the structure of language through parts of speech, usage, mechanics, agreement, punctuation / capitalization
  • Practice oral and written communication
  • Guide children to experience, explore, and improve their writing through different writing genres with focus on sentence structure, word and study skills, and the steps of the writing process.


Spelling Practice Book, by McGraw-Hill along with Journeys’ Spelling by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, are the programs used to support the third grade spelling program.  It continues to reinforce second grade spelling and phonics along with introducing the next level of spelling words.  This program correlates with the spelling common core.

In this program students practice words with:

  • Long and short vowels
  • Consonant clusters – beginning, middle, and end of words
  • Plurals
  • Syllable patterns
  • Compound words
  • Double consonants
  • Adding suffixes
  • Diphthongs
  • Soft c, soft g
  • R controlled vowels
  • Contractions
  • Words with silent letters
  • Homophones
  • Alphabetical order

Social Studies

Massachusetts, Our Home, by Gibbs Smith, draws on information from local historic sites, historical societies, and museums.  Third graders learn about the history of Massachusetts from the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims. They also learn the history of their own cities and towns and about famous people and events in Massachusetts’ history.  In addition, they read biographies of prominent Massachusetts people in science, technology, the arts, business, education, or political leadership in order to learn how they contributed to Massachusetts history.  Students will be able to identify the New England states, Massachusetts rivers, Native American tribes of the year 1620, as well as map skills of Massachusetts and New England.


Science, by Scott Foresman, is the text used to support the third grade science curriculum.  It correlates with the third grade Massachusetts Science Frameworks.  Our primary focus is life science.  The students learn about how plants live and grow, how animals grow and change, living things and their environments, and changing environments.  The students learn through a combination of direct instruction and hands on activities.