Grade 3

Key Learnings


Accepting His Plan: The Plan of Redemption, God's plan for the church and for the individual

  • Understand the importance of studying scripture in daily life
  • Know the roles "three-in-one" members of the God-family
  • Understand that God and the angels He created lived in heaven in perfect harmony before sin
  • Understand that sin and its effects are the result of the universal conflict between God and Satan
  • Know that death is a consequence of sin, but God has the power to raise the dead from their graves
  • Explain Jesus' role as Messiah, Savior and Redeemer
  • Know that Christians are part of God's family and have a responsibility to witness and serve others
  • Understand that all people are equal in God's sight and are accepted into the Family of God
  • Know how God has worked in history to preserve the Christian church
  • Understand that each person has spiritual gifts, talents
  • Know, power to make right choices is provided by grace
  • Understand that Jesus is coming back for all who have chosen to follow Him and will live with Him



  • Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
  • Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas
  • Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places
  • Describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks
  • Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
  • Recognize and write eighth notes and rests
  • Recognize major and minor tonality (sounds)
  • Use introduction, interludes, codas
  • Recognize AABB and AABA patterns
  • Know meaning of signs p, mp, mf and f
  • Identify different solo voices
  • Identify music styles form different countries
  • Learn to use the hymnal index



  • Analyze information learned from media
  • Summarize and sequence events and ideas
  • Identify the main format of visual media
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Identify how literature uses the sounds of language
  • Apply phonics elements in reading and writing
  • Use dictionary and glossary to learn word meanings
  • Read both narrative and expositive text
  • Read fiction and nonfiction
  • Read aloud, speaking clearly and with expression
  • Speak clearly, using correct grammar and words
  • Express ideas in a logical manner
  • Use facial expressions and gestures
Visually Representing
  • Develop visual media to organize and group information
  • Create visual media to show main idea, supporting details
  • Transition to cursive writing
  • Practice the writing process
  • Begin using characteristics of good writing
  • Introduce and use parts-of-speech
  • Write friendly letters
  • Indent the beginning of a paragraph
  • Expand the use of correct punctuation
  • Proofread


Numbers and Operations
  • Understand, describe place value to ten-thousands place
  • Design and label number lines appropriate to the situation
  • Compare and order numbers through 10,000
  • Skip count by threes, e.g. 1, 18, 21, 24…
  • Understand the commutative property of + and x
  • Understand the zero property of multiplication
  • Understand the meaning of the decimal point
  • Understand the concept of tenths written as a decimal
  • Understand the meaning of multiplication and division
  • Know the multiplication and division fact families
  • Know multiplication and corresponding division facts
  • Add and subtract numbers up to 4-digits
  • Multiply mentally by 10 and 100
  • Multiply and divide 2-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • Divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number with remainder
  • Understand meaning, structure of fractions (zero to one)
  • Understand and write simple mixed numbers
  • Compare fractions with like denominators
  • Add and subtract fractions with like denominators
  • Add and subtract money
  • Use strategies to estimate whole number computations
  • Analyze mathematical sequences with/without a calculator
  • Use patterns - predictions, solve problems, relationships
  • Understand, explain relationships in equations, inequalities
  • Solve equations and inequalities
  • Identify and use commutative and associative properties
  • Understand and use grouping symbols
  • Explore congruence and similarity
  • Add to find perimeter
  • Count to find area and volume
  • Create models of 2-dimensional objects
  • Investigate simple nets
  • Analyze and describe 2- and 3-dimensional objects
  • Find and name locations on labeled grid/coordinate system
  • Identify shapes that when put together = a given shape
  • Use correct measurement vocabulary
  • Explain, measure temperature using Celsius, Fahrenheit
  • Read and understand a simple time line
  • Measure length, weight, volume using metric and US customary units to nearest ½ unit as appropriate
  • Using appropriate tools, draw a line or shape with specified measurements
  • Count money up to $10.00
  • Understand attributes of second, minute, hour
  • Tell time to the minute, before or after the hour
  • Measure elapsed time using a calendar or clock
  • Read/understand a calendar using day, week, month, year
  • Count weeks before/after certain dates on the calendar
Data Analysis/ Probability
  • Organize and interpret data using line graphs
  • Construct graphs using data from a table
  • Discover patterns in tables and graphs by creating, organizing, recording and analyzing data
  • Formulate questions and categories for data collection and actively collect first-hand information
  • Describe the shape and important features of a set of data and compare related data sets



Spiritual Emphasis
  • Recognize that God's ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one's lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being
Movement and Motor Skills
  • Demonstrate mature form in all locomotor patterns and selected manipulative and non-locomotor skills
  • Adapt a skill to the demands of a dynamic, environment
  • Acquire beginning skills of specialized movement forms
  • Combine movement skills in applied settings
  • Apply critical elements to improve personal performance
  • Use critical elements to provide feedback to others
  • Recognize and apply concepts that impact the quality of increasingly complex movement performance
Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Select and participate regularly in physical activities
  • Identify the benefits derived from regular physical activity
  • Identify physical activities that provide personal pleasure
  • Identify several activities related to physical fitness
  • Associate results of fitness testing to personal health status and ability to perform various activities
  • Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by a fitness testing program
  • Experience enjoyment participating in physical activity
  • Enjoy practicing activities to increase skill competence
  • Interact with friends while participating in group activities
  • Use physical activity as a means of self-expression
Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors
  • Follow activity-specific rules, procedures and etiquette
  • Utilize safety principles in activity situations
  • Work cooperatively/productively with a partner, small group
  • Work independently/on-task for a specified period of time
  • Explore cultural/ethnic self-awareness through participation
  • Recognize the attributes that individuals with difference can bring to group activities
  • Experience differences and similarities among people by participating in activities of national, cultural, ethnic origins


Physical: Electricity/Magnetism, Force/Motion: Friction, Gravity, Inertia

  • Identify the basic nature of current and static electricity
  • Define force, friction and explain how they affect movement
  • Define gravity and describe how it affects matter
  • Compare gravitational attraction of objects of varying mass
  • Define inertia and describe the its effects
  • Describe how forces affect the motion of objects

Life: Birds, Mammals, Classification

  • Describe the basic needs of living things
  • Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt to their environments
  • Describe how related animals have similar characteristics
  • Explain food chains and food webs and identify producers and consumers in an ecosystem
  • Classify organisms by characteristics - similar and different

Earth: Meteorology: Atmosphere, Water Cycle, Seasons, Weather Elements; Space Exploration

  • Describe the composition of the atmosphere
  • Describe the water cycle
  • Explain change of seasons, why Earth is unequally heated
  • Identify the elements of weather
  • Identify and trace the movement of objects in the sky
  • Describe the earth's place in the solar system and the patterns of movement of objects within the solar system
  • Recognize contributions of space exploration, past/present

Health: Nutrition, Family Health Habits, Consumer Health

  • Describe healthy dietary guidelines
  • Categorize foods in the food pyramid
  • Explain how the body utilizes basic nutrients
  • Understand that God has provided natural health laws
  • Understand how the family influences personal health
  • Identify proper consumer health care habits
Scientific Inquiry
  • Make observations
  • Ask questions, form hypotheses based on observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use data collected to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment
Service/Career Options
  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of Science



History: Communities (Time, Communities: Past/Present)

  • Understand time: years, decades, centuries
  • Understand time lines and history of one's community
  • Understand how God works through people to help make the community a better place
  • Know how the Adventist church helps communities
  • Understand community through traditions, local holidays
  • Understand the contributions and significance of historical figures in one's community
  • Understand the development of communities e.g., pioneers/explorers, Native People, ethnic group

Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

  • Follow the rules (laws and expectations) of the community
  • Respect the rights and property of others
  • Understand the role of diversity and the importance of shared values in the United States
  • Understand the components of rural, urban government
  • Know the importance of Christian citizenship
  • Develop responsibility through good decision making
  • Understand the roles of volunteerism and organized groups in American social and political life

Geography: Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

  • Know the basic elements of maps and globes and construct maps of one's community
  • Identify how the characteristics of places are shaped by physical and human processes
  • Understand how climate and weather help to shape features on the earth's surface

Economics: Interaction of Supply and Demand

  • Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship
  • Understand the needs of your community
  • Know about the finances of a community
  • Learn about goods, services, government in a community
  • Know importance of business and services in a community
  • Identify transportation and communication in community


  • Demonstrate proper use and care of computers and other audio-visual equipment
  • Practice using the keyboard
  • Become familiar with proper computer terms
  • Use computers to express ideas with drawing, multi-media and word processing software
  • Learn file management
  • Learn about technology related occupations
  • Use appropriate input/output devices
  • Begin troubleshooting for basic malfunctions
  • Become aware of copyright issues
  • Practice courtesy and respecting of computer time

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).