The third year in Lower School establishes a framework of independence by emphasizing accountability and responsibility. Keeping the St. Andrew’s mission as the heart of our program, students are taught the principles of spiritual growth, the meaning of moral responsibility, the importance of a diverse community, and the value of academic excellence. These integral components are strategically positioned within a challenging and enriching curriculum.
Reading skills are enhanced through novel studies and reading s in content areas. Students learn to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate text. Comprehension skills taught at this level include main idea, sequencing, context clues, researching topics, vocabulary, and auditory comprehension. Phoenetic concepts are reviewed through direct spelling instruction.
Students learn to create and develop sentence structure and paragraph form. The writing process includes prewriting, first draft, revisions, editing and proofreading, and final copies. Writing narratives, summarizing, descriptive writing, and writing research reports are part of the third grade curriculum. Students also record their personal thoughts and ideas in journals. Third graders have the opportunity to enter the annual Lower School writing contest, the Golden/Silver Pen Award for Writing Excellence.
Cursive handwriting is taught at the third grade level. Students review forming and connecting letters first semester and begin writing all assignments in cursive second semester.
Grammar and Vocabulary
Third graders learn to identify the eight parts of speech, review sentence parts and types of sentences, construct sentences correctly, and apply grammar mechanics and usage skills. Vocabulary study requires students to analyze and apply multiple word definitions.
Third graders develop and enhance their math skills in the areas of numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis. Woven throughout the curriculum are algorithms, estimation, mental math and problem solving.
Third grade students develop an understanding of the social sciences, along with map skills, geography, history, culture, and present day issues of the United States through units broken into five geographic regions. This study culminates with a unit on the state of Mississippi. Additionally, students review a monthly edition of a national student magazine, which enables them to develop a broader understanding of the world in which they live.