Once they were merely listeners, using their imaginations to bring others' words to life. Now they are storytellers themselves, using those same imaginations to set their pencils on fire. Third graders begin to write independently and collaboratively, breaking up the steps of the writing process into gathering and organizing ideas, developing a rough draft, making edits, and publishing. Pieces range from descriptive narratives to objective reporting to lyrical poetry, many inspired by similar compositions that are first read aloud to the students.
Third graders take their first steps into the world of cursive writing.
Third graders begin their study of the Old Testament through stories of the book of Genesis in the Christian Bible, such as the Seven Days of Creation, life in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, the Ten Commandments, the sibling rivalry of Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Flood. Children continue with tales of Moses in Egypt and the flight of the Israelites from the Pharaoh through the Red Sea. Students recreate images from the stories into main lesson books and write short excerpts describing each scene. The third grade also reads a play based on Noah’s Ark, and perform By the Water of Babylon by Roberto Trostli.