Grade Three Curriculum

Sunrise Reading 300

Second Edition

Grade 3 reading continues to lead your child into logical, coherent thinking. The child continues to practice and improve study skills and oral reading skills. He is introduced to the terms fiction and nonfiction. He learns to skim for the main idea, read for a purpose, discern story characters’ motives, interpret figurative language, recognize inconsistencies, and much more.

This third grade course builds good character, solid values, and knowledge of other countries and times through the reader Doors to Discovery, illustrated with full-color art. The LightUnits expand the students’ vocabulary, lay foundational study skills, and employ comprehension. New concepts are taught thoroughly and reviewed systematically.

The stories and poems in the reader open doors to important questions: Is it possible that Kenny is too honest? Is it necessary that Johnny Liklak learn to read when he’d rather be walrus hunting? How can a boy who broke a vase be a hero?

Reading 300 continues CLE’s tradition with reader stories that not only inform and entertain, but also edify and inspire character. No time is wasted on fairy tales and fantasy. The stories teach lessons in how to deal with life’s problems with integrity and courage.

How to Teach the Course

The LightUnit study consists of ten LightUnits. Students may do many exercises independently. The Teacher’s Guide contains answers, instructions for teaching new concepts, ideas for oral reading activities, and questions for discussion.

The Worksheets study requires teacher involvement. Teachers must provide review and prepare students for tests. The worksheets are bound in two booklets, each containing 30 two-page lessons. Quizzes and tests are sold separately. A Teacher’s Guide gives daily lesson notes with tips for introducing stories and discussing them with your class, and includes reproductions of student pages with answers filled in.

Sunrise Bible 300

Grade 3 Bible introduces the student to the first four books of the New Testament. The first LightUnit is a fictional story that acquaints students with Jewish culture and customs during the time of Christ. LightUnits 302-305 begin a study of the Gospels that continues into fourth grade.

Each lesson contains an interesting story from Jesus’ life. Activities include matching exercises, true or false items, mazes, puzzles, coded messages, and map work. Beautiful, realistic pencil drawings bring life to each Bible scene the children read about.

How to Teach the Course

Each LightUnit contains sixteen lessons, providing two or three Bible lessons a week for a full school term. Each LightUnit includes two quizzes and a test. By doing two or three lessons per week, this course will cover the entire school year.

The Teacher’s Guide gives objectives and suggestions for teaching each lesson and provides alternate LightUnit tests for students who need to make up for a failing test score. Reproductions of all the LightUnit pages, quizzes, and tests are included with the answers filled in. Answer keys are optional if the Teacher’s Guide is purchased.

Sunrise Language Arts 300

Second Edition

Language Arts 300 teaches grammar, spelling, and penmanship into one easy-to-use course. Students identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, and sentence subject, and begin diagramming. Language mechanics taught include punctuation, capitalization, and subject-verb agreement. A creative writing lesson is in each LightUnit. Students learn to use contents pages, indexes, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

How to Teach the Course

Use the Language Arts Diagnostic Test to place new students.

Teachers should introduce each new concept, spelling words, and penmanship; students can then work independently.

The handy Language Arts Reference Chart for grades 3 and 4, a durably laminated two-sided information sheet, provides a quick resource for students who struggle to remember the parts of speech, punctuation rules, the parts of a friendly letter, and much more.

The Teacher’s Guide includes LightUnit pages with answers, review questions, teaching tips, alternate tests, scope and sequence, a glossary, and spelling words.

Study Skills: table of contents, glossary, index, dictionary, alphabetical order; using the atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, telephone book

Grammar: common and proper nouns, ownership nouns, articles, pronouns, past and present verbs, being and helping verbs, irregular verbs, adjectives, comparison adjectives

Punctuation: capitals, question marks, exclamation marks, quotation marks, commas, colons

Composition: paragraphs, friendly letters, thank-you notes, book reports

Poetry: rhyming, counting syllables

Spelling: abbreviations, syllabication, compound words, contractions, roots and suffixes

Penmanship: review all cursive letters

Sunrise Mathematics 300

Math LightUnit 301 reviews concepts that should be adequately mastered in order to succeed in Math 300. It can be used as a diagnostic tool.

LightUnits 302-310 review previously taught concepts in Math 200 and introduce new skills and concepts in incremental, continuously reviewed steps. The metric system is taught simultaneously with the U.S. system of measurement. Students acquire a good understanding of both systems.

CLE’s coded addition/subtraction flash cards and multiplication/division flash cards are required for this course. By the end of the course, students should have memorized the multiplication tables up to 10.

Each LightUnit incorporates a theme into its daily story problems, adding a practical component to math. Themes in Math 300 include insects, cooking, the ocean, and a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

How to Teach the Course

Students new to the curriculum should take our Math Diagnostic Test to ensure proper grade level placement. Each LU contains two quizzes and a test. Use Addition/Subtraction Flash Cards for daily fact drills. The Elementary Math Reference Chart contains multiplication tables, symbols, terms, abbreviations, definitions, metric/U.S. tables of measures, and more.

The Teacher’s Guide gives teaching tips and ideas, useful appendices, extra practice, LightUnit answers, and alternate tests. Answer keys are optional if the Teacher’s Guide is purchased.

Algebra: solving simple expressions with variables, completing function tables, negative numbers

Decimals: tenths, ordering decimal tenths, decimals and place value, adding and subtracting tenths

Division: relating division facts to multiplication tables from 1 to 10, quotient, division with remainders

Fractions: numerator and denominator, equal fractions, ordering fractions, mixed numbers, fractions that equal 1, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators

Geometry: drawing lines, line segments, and rays; comparing angles; perpendicular and intersecting lines; area and perimeter; radius and diameter; common solids, maps and map scales; meaning of volume

Measurements: common metric and US measurements of length, capacity, and weight; changing yards to feet and feet to yards, meters to centimeters, gallons to quarts; abbreviations; room and body temperatures; rounding to the nearest inch or centimeter

Multiplication: multiplication tables to 10×10

Numbers: counting sequences from 2-10, counting by 12’s and 50’s, place value and reading and writing numbers through 6 digits, rounding to the nearest 10 or 100, rounding to estimate addition and subtraction

Problem solving: word problems for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and mental math

Statistics: pictographs, line graphs, circle graphs

Subtraction: borrowing twice, borrowing across zero, checking subtraction

Science 300

Science 300 explores various fundamentals of science. These are the LightUnit themes:

301 — You Grow and Change
302 — Plants
303 — Animals: Growth and Change
304 — You Are What You Eat
305 — Properties of Matter
306 — Sounds and You
307 — Times and Seasons
308 — Rocks and Their Changes
309 — Heat Energy
310 — Physical Changes

How to Teach the Course

Each LightUnit can be completed in about three weeks and includes self checks and a LightUnit test. Answer keys are required. The ten LightUnits cover a year’s work.

No Teacher’s Guide is available; the reading level is simple enough for third graders to study on their own.

Sunrise Social Studies 300

This course uses the text Living Together on God’s Earth, a study of communities. The student first recognizes his community as one small part of the earth, then explores four communities of Bible times, one European community, one American community, and the old and new countries of Israel.

You have two options for this course: use the LightUnits study guides, or follow the textbook exercises. Both options require the textbook.

How to Teach the Course

The LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. LightUnit 306 is optional for those preferring a five-LightUnit course. The Teacher’s Guide includes LightUnit answers, discussion/activity ideas, and reproducible maps. Answer keys are optional if the Teacher’s Guide is purchased.

For a textbook study, use the questions provided in the text. The Teacher’s Guide for this method contains answers to these questions, discussion ideas, reproducible maps, and answers to the test questions. A separate test booklet contains all the tests needed for one student to complete this course. For map activities, purchase the student pack of outline maps or use the masters in the Teacher’s Guide.

Above all, love God!
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