Welcome to the Third Grade at the Islamic Academy of Columbia! Third Grade is a special time for students. They are in the middle of their elementary school career and are genuinely excited at the prospect of becoming a "big kid!"  Third graders at IAC enjoy learning Qur’an, Arabic, and Islamic Studies in addition to the core subjects while enjoying weekly PE and Art classes. 

    In Math, the students learn place values to the hundred thousands, money and telling time to the minute, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, as well as measurements in customary and metric systems. 

    In Language Arts, the students study certain genres of literature which include poetry, biographies, expository texts, and folktales. Weekly lessons revolve around a real-life theme such as communities, working together, voting, and solving problems. Students appreciate their abilities to make exciting real-life connections with reading and writing.

    During Arabic class, students study a total of 20 lessons in their textbook throughout the year. They complete workbook exercises that follow each lesson. They practice through videos, conversations, competitions, games, handwriting, and story time. By the end of the year, students should have full knowledge of the following: reading and writing complex sentences and paragraphs, synonyms and antonyms, basic grammar, telling time, the Islamic calendar, and numbers, one to forty, numerically and in word form.

    Social Studies is a great opportunity for the students to learn about  South Carolina state history. The students start off with the geography of the state and then take a closer look into each region. They become familiar with the first Native Americans in our state and the European explorers that followed. Early battles and wars are studied as well, including the Revolutionary and Civil War. The students finally take a quick look at our state’s government, economy, and how it took shape into the 1900’s. 

    Topics for science this year include living things, how they grow and change, their ecosystems, the earth and how it is changed, use of earth’s resources, and changes in weather. The students go on a fun journey discovering the earth’s biomes,  animal and plant adaptations, and habitats. It seems that there is never enough time to answer all their questions about the way organisms grow and live. The students enjoy science most and never fail to have an awesome time filled with enthusiastic discussions. 

    All in all, every day is busy, but plenty of time is made for fun through lab activities, leisure reading, projects, documentaries, outdoor classes, field trips, and lots more!