3rd Grade Curriculum

The main academic goals for the third grade is the mastery of multiplication and division, cursive writing, the parts of speech and the composition of the formal paragraph.  The development of responsibility, self reliance and independent work habits is a major focus of this grade level.  Increasingly sophisticated social studies and science units are explored and reported on through written and oral presentations.

Health and Safety

  • Body systems - skeletal, muscle, nervous, respiratory, digestive
  • Cells
  • Viruses and your body’s defenses
  • Substance abuse

Language Arts

Written Language

  • Grammar - compound predicates, possessive nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs
  • Quotations
  • Utilizing punctuation marks for greater clarity in
  • Written communication
  • Practice of modern cursive handwriting
  • Development of Organizational Skills
  • Note taking and revision
  • Dialogue
  • Compare and contrast
  • Spatial order
  • General statement
  • Reports                                             
  • Introduction, summary, and conclusion
  • Venn diagrams
  • Summarization skills

Study Skills

  • Encyclopedia
  • Periodicals
  • Research
  • Interviews
  • Test taking

Oral Language

  • Conducting interviews
  • Plays
  • Poetry reading
  • Presentation of research in a clear, logical, and organized manner


  • Appreciation of varying styles of writing
  • Historical and cultural factors influence literature
  • Core Literature Strand: Classics



  • Variables and equations
  • Patterns, functions, and relations

Geometry & Measurement

  • Points, lines, segments
  • Angles
  • Polygons
  • Perimeter and area
  • Metric system

Statistics and Probability

  • Analyzing & graphing data outcomes
  • Numbers Decimals
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions
  • Five plus digit numbers
  • Rounding and estimation
  • One digit divisors
  • Two digit quotients
  • Time
  • Money
  • Liquid volume & mass
  • Multiplication with three factors
  • Comparing fractions


Life Science

  • Environment
  • Organisms – past and present
  • Habitats
  • Plant and Animals adaptations
  • Observation & description of quantitative and qualitative ways individuals in a species vary

Earth Science

  • Space and astronomy
  • Moon phases
  • The earth and its resources
  • Seasons

Physical Science

  • Matter and how it changes
  • Light
  • Energy

Social Studies

  • Continuity and change 
  • Our local history - our past and its traditions
  • Our state’s history - a study of the people with emphasis on Native Americans through biography, folk tale, and legend
  • Rules & laws
  • Economy of our region


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