3rd Grade Benchmarks

LANGUAGE ARTS
Phonics & Reading
Review all phonics rules
Oral reading
Reading comprehension
Cursive Writing
Cursive writing information
Creative writing
Spelling & Poetry
Weekly word list with vocabulary
Sentence dictation using spelling words
Reinforcement activities
Eight poems committed to memory
Language
Writing process
Complete sentences
Punctuation & capitalization rules
Creative writing, friendly letters
Grammar
Recognition of simple nouns, subjects, verbs, adjectives
Word usage
Forming plurals & common contractions
Recognition of antonyms, homonyms, synonyms
Dictionary skills

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
Continents and oceans of the world
Study of world geography
States of the United States
Study of American Heritage through the Lives of Great People
Columbus John Smith Pocahontas Miles Standish Booker T. Washington
William Penn Ben Franklin George Washington Thomas Jefferson George Washington Carver
Noah Webster Robert E. Lee Abraham Lincoln Clara Barton John Greenleaf Whittier
U. S. Grant Squanto Louisa May Alcott Daniel Boone Laura Ingalls Wilder
Billy Sunday Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCIENCE
Plants
Exploring the Plant World
Animals
Exploring the World of Vertebrates
Exploring the World of Invertebrates
Health & Human Biology
Wonderfully made
Earth and Space
Exploring the Ocean
Exploring the Weather
Conservation
Exploring the Desert
Exploring the Ocean
Exploring the Pond
Exploring the Forest
Exploring the Farmer’s Field

HEALTH, SAFETY & MANNERS
Health
Posture
Exercise
nutrition
Diet
Cleanliness
Fighting Disease
Safety
Fire & Water Safety
Home & Play Safety
Street Safety
First Aide
Manners
Hospitality
Proper introductions
Telephone manners
Courtesy & respect

ARITHMETIC
Recognition of place value of numbers
Addition facts & checking
Addition problems with carrying
Subtraction facts & checking
Subtraction problem with borrowing
Multiplication tables 0-12
Multiplication problem with carrying
How to show a multiplication fact six ways
Division Tables 1-12
Working & checking a division problem
Terminology for four processes
English & metric measures
Telling time
Roman numerals 1-1000
Using a ruler
Solving story problems with up to four steps
Recognizing & solving number sentences
Converting measures & solving measurement equations
Recognizing & working with “greater than and less than”
Counting money & solving money problems using the decimal point correctly
Solving problems containing parentheses
Fraction terminology & basic understanding of fractions
Averaging numbers
Reading a thermometer
Recognizing geometric shapes
Finding the unknown number in an equation

BIBLE
Lessons such as:
Salvation Parables Samuel David Elijah
Elisha Daniel Ezra Esther Nehemiah
Memory Verses
Hymns & Choruses
Bible Doctrine

FINE ARTS
Music
Music Theory
Art