CHC Lesson Plans: Third Grade

Lesson Plans


A complete, daily schedule for all core and non-core subjects. Juggle family life, provide a solid education, and instill a love for learning! Four days a week, 36 weeks.


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A complete, daily schedule for all core and non-core subjects. These lesson plans clearly prioritize core and non-core subjects, allowing you to juggle family life, build an academically excellent education, and instill a love for learning!

Included in all CHC grade-level Lesson Plans:

  • Introduction & FAQ: An extensive resource with practical advice and encouragement to make your year a joyful one.
  • Comprehensive Subject Guide: This handy guide offers specific teaching help for each subject. Full of tips and suggestions!
  • Daily Lesson Plans: Two page-per-week format. Weekly checklist goals are placed alongside daily plans that offer flexibility and guidance without formality. Core subjects are shaded to make it easy to prioritize.
  • Year at a Glance Chart: Lists the topics covered by subject and week; particularly helpful when you come across additional enrichment material you wish to incorporate. Just check the chart to see which week the topic is being taught and then insert your notes/materials in your lesson plan binder.
  • “Typical Course of Study” and “Achievement Record”: Useful for record-keeping purposes and/or to fulfill state reporting requirements.
  • Certificate of Completion

Special Features for Third Grade:

  • Four days a week schedule, 36 weeks
  • Independent Study Charts: Growing in maturity and acquiring independent learning skills are important goals for third grade. These skills are repeatedly reinforced in a variety of ways: all core subjects encourage independent work and Independent Study Charts guide the student through the day’s subjects.
  • Science Supply List for Behold and See 3

Reading and writing numbers to six places
Addition and subtraction of four-digit numbers
Multiplication with regrouping, multidigit factors, by powers of 10
Division facts through 10; division with remainders
Addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals; geometry
Measurement (units of measure, perimeter, area); temperature
Telling time to the minute; calendar (days of week, months of year)
Adding, subtracting, rounding, and multiplying money
Graphing: tables, bar graphs, picture graphs
Problem solving (four-step plan); calculators

Increased reading proficiency and comprehension; introduction to non-fiction reading comprehension
Literary elements and techniques such as plot, simile, allusion, and onomatopoeia
Spelling and vocabulary development: compounds and contractions, suffixes, homophones, synonyms, and blends
Building language skills: state of being, punctuation, sentence structure, syllables, pronouns, abbreviations, helping verbs, alphabetizing, and dictionary skills
Writing paragraphs, stories, and letters
Cursive handwriting

Awe and appreciation for the wonders of God’s creation
Scientific method; purpose of science; technology; limitations of science
Matter: what is matter, properties, mass, volume, states, properties of matter in each state, changes of state
Force and Energy: effects of force on matter, gravity, magnetism, friction, light, sound
Earth and Space: earth, moon, sun, time, Solar System, planets, stars, constellations, astronomers, space missions, satellites
Animals: classification, camouflage, hibernation, migration, estivation, relation of animals to Man
Plants: structure (parts of plants), germination, plant growth, foods from plants, seasonal changes, classification of plants by lifespan
Interdependence: habitats, food chains, food webs, ecosystems, Man’s stewardship
Human body: body parts, skeleton, muscles, heart, lungs, circulation, brain, senses
Health and nutrition: food groups, nutrients, moderation, exercise, food safety

Exploring countries; appreciation of different cultures, races, and customs
Map skills; geographical terms; topography
Introduction to forms of communication, government, and transportation
Holidays, traditions, and customs at home and around the world
Citizenship and recognition of responsibility to family, neighborhood, family of God

Deeper understanding of the Faith and the challenge to put into daily practice
Participation in the life of the Church and liturgical seasons; Marian devotion
Practical, living faith: sacrifice, unselfish love, obedience, prayer, charity, forgiveness


Product Code: LP3
Format: Softcover
Binding: Loose-leaf, 3-hole drilled
Page Count: 122 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207593
Returnable? No, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: None required.

Q: What is the difference between core and non-core subjects?

A: A helpful feature of CHC lesson plans is the distinction between core and non-core subjects. Core subjects are the “basic essentials” of education, often thought of as the “Three R’s.” Core subjects such as math, grammar, and science are clearly labeled as such in CHC’s daily lesson plans, making it delightfully easy to trim the day’s schedule as needed. CHC’s flexible program allows non-core subjects, such as Latin, art, and penmanship, to be returned to the schedule as time permits; the focus on core subjects ensures that the student will be exposed to all that is necessary for his grade level, without placing undue demands on student or teacher in times of family “overload.”

Q: Why a four-day week? What about Wednesdays?

A: CHC lesson plans for preschool to fourth grade are designed around a four-day week. Taking off one flex-day each week provides that needed break to keep homeschooling burnout at bay.  Wednesdays are days you can assist at Holy Mass together, schedule dental and medical appointments, or dive into those all-day projects that have been beckoning. It can be a day for a mini-unit study, meeting with other families in your homeschooling group, field trips, visits to the elderly, volunteering, sewing costumes for the Feast of All Saints, making Christmas cards, or practicing your upcoming Nativity Play. Wednesdays can also be a day for mom simply to play catch-up, enjoy a sewing project, make a special dinner, or do remedial work with a child needing help—the ideas are as individual as each family and do count as school!

From fifth grade to eighth grade, CHC lesson plans follow a five-day week, since the student’s work load increases in the middle school years.

Q: I like the idea of lesson plans, but want to retain control over what I teach and when I teach it. I am wary of plans that are overstructured. Can you give me an idea of CHC’s approach?

A: CHC lesson plans combine the flexibility of a self-designed curriculum with the reassurance of knowing that one is providing a complete education. By following CHC’s lesson plans, homeschooling parents have the assurance that “all the bases are covered,” so that they can relax and enjoy sharing in the academic discoveries of their children. With CHC’s lesson plans, the family tailors the studies to fit the family; with public school, private school, or a very structured home study school, the program tailors the family to fit the studies.

Q: I would like to purchase one copy of the lesson plans and copy it for my other children. Would this break the copyright since I’m only using them with my children and not a group?

A: The copyright on lesson plans is a standard copyright, which allows unlimited use of the material as long as copies are not made of the work. If families were to photocopy the plans for more than one child – for all the children in the family – then the price of the plans would have to be much higher. The additional bonus to using one lesson plan per child is twofold: You will enjoy writing in the plans and having a permanent record to look back on, and we are constantly updating and adding new materials and ideas when we reprint each lesson plan. We both win when the copyright law is honored; CHC and its authors and artists receive payment they have earned, which in turn enables CHC to continue to publish more materials for your growing family!

Photo submitted by Angie, SD.

Today I got the results back from a CAT 5 test I gave to my 3rd grader, who is using CHC Lesson Plans for 3rd Grade. She scored in the 93 percentile for social studies (grade level 8). She also scored well in language expression (82 percent), reading comprehension (88 percent), spelling (73) and science (78). Just wanted to thank you, your gentle approach makes my child ‘want to learn.’
Three cheers for CHC!! My son also just finished the 3rd grade curriculum and he has already told me that he “only wants to take like one week off from school and then start 4th grade”!! It’s so refreshing. During his annual reviews, teachers are blown away by what he is doing and the type of projects that he has completed. What a blessing 🙂
My third grader and I are extremely grateful to CHC for providing curriculum that is not overwhelming. We switched to CHC after spending a miserable month and a half wading through a secular curriculum. It has been a daily blessing! Even though we started late, my daughter has been able to catch up without feeling burdened or overwhelmed; it’s more than amazing! She has become self-motivated, and loves the feeling of accomplishment which the CHC curriculum gives her. She also uses her Wednesdays to take enrichment classes at a nearby school. The flexibility is unparalleled!
This is our first year using CHC’s lesson plans - what difference! It’s like we’ve gone from slogging through the mud to “turbo homeschooling”! The structure they provide makes planning the whole week easier and probably saves me 3-4 hours a week in planning/adjusting/organizing. They’ve taken the fear of not staying “on track” away, too.
I am always giggling inside when I hear other moms fuss and complain about the time they have to spend “planning out” their lesson plans. I love the fact that all of that work is done for me, and all I have to do is turn the page.
CHC Lesson Plans give you a day by day breakdown of what you need to do with your child. For people just starting out in homeschooling, or those with large families, these lesson plans are a Godsend. Even if you opt to use a different book than CHC recommends for a particular subject because your child is advanced or behind in a particular area, these lesson plans will work for you. There are empty spaces where you can fill in extra or different activities.

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