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Third Grade Curriculum

Reading and Writing​


  • Handwriting Without Tears®: Cursive Writing

Reading / Literature

  • Predicting

  • Summarizing

  • Sequencing

  • Classify and categorize

  • Cause and effect

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Making inferences

  • Compare and contrast

  • Identify main ideas and supporting details

  • Author’s purpose

  • Point of view

  • Identification of story elements

  • Make connections between stories

  • Genres: fiction, fantasy, biographies, historical fiction, non-fiction, myths, legends, fables, poetry

  • Reading fluency and expression


  • Continued review and application of mechanics (DLI - Daily Language Instruction)

  • Approaches to writing (shared interactive, guided, timed, writing to prompts) Identify audience and purpose

  • Personal voice, writer’s viewpoint

  • Organizing information

  • Effective sentences (opening, closing, combining sentences, sentence variety)

  • Elaboration (reasons and details, developing ideas, staying on the topic)

  • Paragraphing (topic sentence and details)

  • Word choice (vivid words, sensory details, description, figurative language)

  • Analyze published models

  • Writing process

  • Descriptive writing

  • Narrative writing

  • Writing a friendly letter

  • Poetry

  • Persuasive writing

  • Informative / expository writing

  • Singapore Math®

  • Numbers up to 10,000

  • Place Value, Number Sequence

  • Mental Math Strategies

  • Addition and Subtraction up to 10,000

  • Using Bar Models: Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication - multiplication properties, using array model, area model, number line

  • Division- making equal groups

  • Understanding the relationship between multiplication and division.

  • Mental multiplication

  • Mental division

  • Measurement- using bar model to solve measurement problems

  • Bar graphs with scales- Reading and interpreting bar graphs

  • Line plots

  • Fractions- Equivalent Fractions, comparing fractions

  • Customary Length, Weight, and Capacity

  • Time and Temperature

  • Two-dimensional shapes- Angles, Lines

  • Polygons, Congruent Figures, Symmetry

  • Area and Perimeter- Square units

Social Studies
  • History:

    • How events, people, and ideas influence local and regional communities

    • Utilizing historical thinking skills to understand context of events, people, and places

  • Geography and Environmental Literacy

  • Economics and Financial Literacy

  • Civics and Government

  • Cultural Diversity

  • Force and Motion: inferring change, comparing relative speed, Earth’s gravity

  • Matter: Properties and Change

  • Energy: Conservation and Transfer

  • Earth in the Universe

  • Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes

  • Structures of Functions of Living Organisms

  • Ecosystems: Understanding how plants survive in their environment

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