Holy Cross School

Third Grade

Third Grade

In Third Grade, students participate in independent, whole class, and cooperative group activities. There are many opportunities for interaction to help encourage growth socially and academically. Students complete various projects and become responsible for developing and maintaining organizational skills and using consistent study habits. Students are asked to think abstractly and to develop deeper meanings of concepts explored in earlier grades and they will begin to analyze what they learn.  Third Graders become more advanced readers, writers, mathematicians and thinkers.

Language Arts

Instruction is designed to meet each student at their individual stage of development of language arts,which includes spelling instruction to strengthen phonemic awareness and understanding of common spelling patterns. Students learn to listen and respond appropriately using oral communication skills.  Reading comprehension skills of focus include the following: understanding fiction and non-fiction reading selections, identifying main ideas, sequencing events, recalling details, authors purpose, making predictions, drawing inferences, vocabulary development, and understanding cause and effect relationships. Students work on referring to text for answers and making text-to-self connections. Students also work on fluency, decoding, word recognition, and concept development.  For writing, Third graders learn and practice the steps of the writing process. Proper grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing are emphasized to enable students to communicate effectively. Students are asked to expand their writing by utilizing details and description. Third Graders continue to practice and use cursive handwriting.


Third Grade uses the Saxon math program to focus on learning fact families in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Third Grade also utilizes other mathematical skills including understanding equivalent fractions, decimals, geometry, telling time, units of measurement, graphing, predicting outcomes, problem solving, and analyzing data.


Science curriculum focuses on life, earth, and physical sciences. Students learn the scientific method of data collection and experimentation.

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum reviews the concept of community in urban, suburban and rural areas. Students also learn about geography,economics, civics, and government.


In Religion, the students continue to learn about their Catholic faith, the Blessed Trinity, Creed, Scripture, conscience, Christian living, prayer, the life and teachings of Jesus and the Sacraments.

Enrichment classes: P.E., Art, Music, Technology, and Spanish

Teacher:  Brittany Kline

Ms. Kline is a graduate of Hood College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Certificate in Secondary Education. She was a substitute teacher for Frederick County Public Schools in Frederick, Maryland and Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio for a total of two years.  She gained experience with the Fourth through Twelfth grades in those school systems. She has also worked as the School Age Teacher at a private preschool in Dublin, Ohio.  There she worked with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Ms. Kline feels an education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.