An independent JrK-12 college preparatory school 
located in Concord, North Carolina
Third grade is a fun-filled year of growth and change for both students and parents. Students begin the process of taking responsibility for their learning and behavior. They make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Individual learning styles are recognized. A variety of lessons, whole and small group instruction, cooperative learning and workshop activities encourage risk taking, creativity, curiosity, and strategic thinking. Students have ample opportunities to be reflective in their daily learning.

Classroom learning is extended through thematic integration of co-curricular classes: music, library, physical education, art, computer, and world language.

Curriculum - click on subject for more information

List of 10 items.

  • Art

    The third-grade art curriculum is designed to focus on the world of art and nature. The students increase their skills by learning techniques which enhance their self-expression. Art and the beauty of nature will be examined through drawing, painting, bookmaking, and clay works. Projects that require more time and effort plus a variety of materials will be introduced. Historical works of art will continue to be examined through the program.
  • Computers

    Technology is integrated into classroom curriculum units to promote information literacy, creative work, and critical thinking. Students have access to excellent resources and complete computer projects that enhance the overall learning experience. In third grade, students focus on their writing process through a program that provides adaptive feedback. They add productivity skills such as using spreadsheets to organize and graph data, and presentation software to collaborate and communicate.

    An information literacy curriculum is used in the Lower School that emphasizes comprehension, communication, organization, and research skills. This program helps students increase their sophistication levels in currently available technology, but also incorporates "learning to learn" in a way that will transfer to the technology tools of the future.
  • Language Arts

    Reading skills are taught using a fourth-grade anthology. Units include Risks and Consequences, Dollars and Sense, Medicine, Survival, and Communication. The anthology further develops reading strategies, particularly comprehension strategies and fluency. Word study includes multi-syllabic words and vocabulary. Book clubs are an integral part of the reading program. Students develop reflective and meta-cognitive skills while participating in student-led discussions. Books from the Literacy Enrichment Collection are utilized to support a variety of levels and themes.

    Writing is taught using children's literature focusing on organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, ideas, and conventions (mechanics). Grammar is taught through mini-lessons and reinforced through the writing process. Students are introduced to the five-paragraph essay.

    Cursive handwriting is taught through a systematic program developed by an occupational therapist.
  • Library

    We continue to foster a love for books and reading throughout the third-grade year. Students learn how to use the digital library catalog to locate materials. In addition, during the library experience, we seek to support and reinforce concepts learned in other classes. In continued partnership with the technology program, students consistently incorporate the use of the Cannon Five principles: Be Curious, Be Strategic, Be Creative, Communicate, and Be Reflective in their research methods.
  • Math

    Math foundations are built through a spiraling, hands-on, manipulative curriculum which allows students continued practice with concepts. This rigorous program moves students through basic arithmetic and on to higher-order and critical thinking skills. Students share and discuss their strategies for solving problems as they work individually and in small groups. It covers all the recognized math content strands: numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, geometry, measurement and reference frames, patterns, function, and algebra.
  • Music

    In third-grade music, discipline, enjoyment, and confidence are reinforced. Vocally, unison and solo singing, with simple harmonic parts and rounds are used to enhance selected songs. Beginning in the fall, third grade musicians study the recorder and learn to increase their confidence in reading music, understanding dynamics, and playing as a soloist and with an ensemble. Students progress through a series of "tests" to earn "belts" through a program called, "Recorder Karate." Students demonstrate these skills and their playing abilities through several concerts and programs. More advanced rhythmic and melodic patterns are introduced using Orff and other rhythm instruments. Music of many styles and eras from the U.S. and from around the world is incorporated into the program, highlighting some of the most popular composers while studying the differences and similarities in timbres of various instruments used in these compositions. Third-grade students perform at Christmas in Davidson, the Lower School Christmas concert in December, a grade level assembly, and at the Arts Jam in the spring.
  • Physical Education

    First- through fourth-grade PE classes experience a vast exposure to sports of all kinds, all designed to improve coordination, flexibility, and strength with an age appropriate emphasis. Students are instructed in the areas of fitness, technique, and teamwork. Such activities as Nitroball (volleyball, with a twist!), volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and tumbling, scooter activities, softball and baseball, track and field, basketball, badminton, running/jogging, tennis, and marshmallow ball are introduced throughout the year. Our goal as a Lower School Physical Education Department is for all students to be equipped with appropriate knowledge of varying sports and to develop a lifelong love for fitness.
  • Science

    Third graders begin by studying weather and landforms. Their study includes measuring variables of weather and how these weather cycles change over time. Students work on activities with clouds, water filtering, erosion, and construct a model dam. They then examine the human body: the skeletal and muscular systems, bone formation, function, and health of bones and muscle types, as well as how these systems work together. Students then study force, work, and machines. By examining simple machines, students learn how they work to help us in our daily lives. The final course of study for our third graders is plant and animal life cycles. Students learn the difference between annual plants and perennials and study the role of pollination.
  • Social Studies

    In social studies, students explore regions of our country through geography, diversity, population density, agriculture, history, and government. Interactive student notebooks invite students to be active participants in their own learning. Understanding of community and citizenship is expanded through social studies projects, guidance lessons, field trips and outreach events.
  • Spanish

    The third-grade Spanish classroom becomes an extension of the third-grade homeroom. Students explore such topics as math, reading, and writing through the Spanish lens. Conversational skills continue to be expanded through the use of role play. As more advanced verbs are introduced, students are able to talk about the things their friends and family members have in common and what they do together. As third graders study the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, they learn about the weather across the Americas. They take imaginary trips to Spanish-speaking countries and learn to ask for appropriate clothing and local foods.

Classroom Teachers

Jennifer Brooks
Third Grade Teacher

Deanna Dobbins

Third Grade Teacher

Jessica Cross
Third Grade Teacher

Co-Curricular Teachers

Judy Campbell
Physical Education

Kelvin Drakeford
Physical Education

Barb Falkenbury
Reading Specialist

Krista Johns

Jaimee Mendrinos
Media Specialist
Aimée Pfitzner

Brandon Powers

Kathie Riley
Computer Science

World Language

Tracy Wade
Learning Specialist

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779