3rd Grade Curriculum


Assumption-St. Bridget School uses the religion standards of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  These standards are divided into six areas of learning: Knowledge of the Faith, Liturgical Education, Moral Formation, Teaching to Pray, Education for Community Life, and The Church’s Missionary Life and Service. 3rd grade religion also focuses on building a basic understanding of Catholic doctrine through the study of the Catholic Social Teaching Principles. Students read from Hebrew and Christian scriptures (Old and New Testaments) and also utilize We Believe textbook.  3rd graders participate in our school faith community through prayer and liturgies, and practice social skills learned in bullying prevention and personal safety programs.


3rd graders become more independent readers by cementing basic reading strategies and skills, as defined by Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA).  Students practice reading strategies at a deeper level and use critical-thinking skills to increase reading comprehension.  Students learn to write skillfully in a variety of genres and increase their ability to communicate effectively through written work (especially paragraph writing).  They will also practice high-frequency words and build on their knowledge of spelling patterns, and depth of vocabulary.


In 3rd grade math, instructional time focuses on four critical areas, as defined Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math: (1) multiplication and division (2) fractions (3) developing an understanding of area, and the structure of rectangular arrays (4) analyzing two-dimensional shapes. In addition to the textbook, students also utilize Think Through Math (TTM), an online program to support independent learning and math thinking.


3rd grade science is an inquiry-based curriculum based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and utilizes the scientific method: observation, forming hypotheses, creating relevant predictions, data gathering and investigations.  3rd graders use Foss Kits to study Structures of Life, Motion and Matter,  and Water and Climate.

Social Studies

The 3rd grade social studies curriculum uses the Washington State social studies standards.  Students  focus on four key topics: geography, history, civics and economics.  These topics are reinforced by study of westward movement and the early pioneers, an in-depth look at Seattle’s history, and cultural competence, focusing on Japan.


Technology is integrated into most classes using both iPads and HP laptops.  Students learn basic operations to support their learning including Google’s tools for education such as Docs and Slides.  Students begin learning to keyboard in grade three using a combination of teacher-led activities and a self-paced software program. Additionally, our students learn to code to encourage students to be creative & resilient, solve problems, collaborate and present their skills.


Drama uses a variety of artistic skills in the creative process including:  mime, improvisation, voice, movement, character development, directing and performance. These skills are learned and developed in a variety of ways including drama games, activities, and various performances.


In 3rd grade music emphasizes music reading skills, singing in harmony, and exploring the sounds of the instruments (timbre).  Movement is still important in internalizing music concepts.

Physical Education

In third grade, physical education instruction focuses on loco-motor movements, hand/foot/eye coordination, and providing an introduction to basic team sports.  Students have PE twice a week, and are evaluated based on their attitude, effort, and sportsmanship during class.