Third Grade Curriculum




By the end of 3rd grade, students are expected to read with fluency, demonstrating mastery of phonics and word recognition skills. Students will be able to identify main ideas and key details and understand the structure of various texts. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of these skills with narrative, informational, and opinion texts. Through-out the year, students should be able to read and comprehend a wide range of texts with appropriate grade level complexity.
Through the Writers' Workshop model, students will create a variety of pieces aligned with the same genres that they are expected to read and comprehend: narrative, informational, and opinion. Throughout the year, students will work through the writing process, be exposed to to a variety of writing conventions and/or crafts, and will consistently conference with the teacher as well as with one another. Students will be encouraged to share not only completed pieces, but works in progress as well.
Math instruction through-out 3rd grade will revolve around the 8 mathematical practices that all good mathematicians use. Students will also be exposed to a variety of mathematical standards related to: addition/subtraction fluency within 1,000 using strategies and algorithms, multiply and divide within 100 using strategies and algorithms, solve problems using the four operations, use place value understanding and the properties of operations to solve multi-digit arithmetic problems, develop an understanding of fractions as numbers, solve problems involving measurement and data, understand concepts of area and perimieter and how these concepts relate to multiplication and division, and analyze two-dimensional shapes.



Through the inquiry model, students will participate in different investigations, allowing them to develop an understanding of the properties of matter as well as Newton's Three Laws of Motion. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of plant and animal adaptations by describing the structures and behaviors that allow plants and animals to survive in different environments. Additionally, students will explain the importance of conservation and what role they play in saving Earth's natural resources.
During the 2016-2017 school year, all grade levels will be transitioning to a focus of Civics and Geography for the Social Studies Curriculum. In third grade, students will develop an understanding of oneself, identify problem solving and calming down strategies, and develop positive interpersonal relationships. Additionally, students will explore different types of maps and their purpose. By the end of third grade, students will be able to identify where they live and locate important places on a map. 


Through-out third grade, students will also be introduced to cursive writing and keyboarding skills. Students will also learn how to make healthy eating choices and the importance of making these smart choices. In third grade, students also start participating in Spanish as a special activity. Third grade is the first time students will partake in state testing, called the SBAC, in the Spring.