Third Grade

Meet the Teacher


Mrs. Lisa Tanner

Curriculum Highlights

The core subjects of third grade are Religion, Language Arts, and Math, Science, Social Studies and Handwriting.   The following sections describe the general objectives for these subjects.


Textbook resources to support the curriculum:  Image of God Series

  • Understanding the Creed and how the Blessed Trinity is active in the world, calling us all to salvation.

  • Identify key events and people within salvation history.  

  • Identify and explain the sacraments as a way to encounter Christ.  

  • Demonstrate the loving grace of God in daily living.

  • Understand and describe the seasons of the liturgical year

  • Identify various prayers of the Catholic faith and foster habits of personal and communal prayer.

Language Arts 

Textbook resources to support the curriculum:  Open Court Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

  • Uses correct grammar and sentence structure in writing and speaking.

  • Utilizes the five-step writing process.

  • Practices proper cursive writing skills.

  • Recalls plot, main idea, setting, characters, and sequence in a story.

  • Demonstrates the ability to compare and contrast.

  • Recognizes and uses nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

  • Reads classic and current literature in groups and independently.

  • Recognizes a variety of literary forms.

  • Demonstrates the ability to present information through plays, role-playing, and reports

  • Predict outcomes, retell stories, and draw conclusions.

  • Differentiated  spelling instruction using phonics skills


Textbook resources to support the curriculum:  Progress in Mathematics; Sadlier-Oxford

  • Explain numerical expressions using whole numbers to the thousands and money values

  • Use place value understanding to estimate multi-digit arithmetic.

  • Recall fluently multiplication facts to 12.

  • Solve real world problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with multi-digit whole numbers to the hundreds.

  • Compare fractions and simple equivalent fractions

  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of length, mass, volume, time, area, and perimeter.

  • Categorize two and three dimensional shapes using their attributes.

  • Create and interpret pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots.


Textbook resources that support the curriculum:  Merrill Science

  • Provide evidence for explanations of how organisms depend on their habitat for survival.

  • Compare and evaluate responses made by humans and other organisms when habitats change due to natural and manmade environmental changes.

  • Evaluate information and observational evidence to determine how traits that parents and offspring share enable organisms to survive in modern and ancient habits.

  • Compare and contrast the life cycles of various organisms.

  • Organize data in tables and graphs to draw conclusions and make arguments about weather patterns and climates around the world and human responses to them.

  • Conduct experiments based on a hypothesis.

Social Studies

Texbook resources that support the curriculum Scott Foresman; Building a Nation, Gibbs Smith; The South Carolina Adventure

  • Describe geographical regions in South Carolina using maps, globes, and charts.

  • Identify the structure, powers, and elected officials of the local and state government.

  • Describe the impact of different cultures on the development of South Carolina and early America from the land bridge to the establishment of the thirteen colonies.

  • Describe how natural resources affected the people including Native Americans and settlers, of South Carolina in early America.

  • Explain the social and economic impact of developments in agriculture.

  • Read, interpret, and create maps and graphs.

Here are some of the many hands on activities we use to enhance our curriculum

  • We create saints from soda bottles.

  • We design and build a leprechaun trap to catch the leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day

  • We use the scientific method to create a science fair project.

  • We explore the world of science using Mystery Science interactive lessons and experiments.

  • We discover what it is like to be an archaeologist by excavating the chips from a chocolate chip cookie.