Third-grade students read stories, poems, myths, fables, tall tales, limericks, plays, biographies, and autobiographies. Students demonstrate a knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and multi-meaning words, as well as practice different kinds of questions and tasks.
Third-grade students learn the basic sounds that the 72 phonograms make and how to identify vowels and consonants, compound words, root words, and derivatives that are formed by adding prefixes and suffixes. The spelling list includes approximately 500 words from the 1,000 most frequently-used words in literature (from kindergarten level to first-year college).
Third grade students learn the elements of composition from writing a good paragraph to creating compositions in the five different styles of writing: descriptive, narrative/story-telling, persuasive, compare and contrast, and how-to. Parts of speech, punctuation, and dictionary skills are taught and practiced daily.