Curriculum Guide: 3rd Grade


Third Grade

Third graders are called upon to dig deep within themselves to connect learning in new and abstract ways.

All year long, third-grade boys explore various systems and how parts come together to create interconnecting networks. These eight- and nine-year olds are becoming more responsible, learning to manage time and organizational skills, and trying to navigate peer relationships independently. It’s not all serious business, though, as third graders understand language in a new way and become master joke tellers. The pinnacle of understanding systems is reached at the Father/Son Kickball Game. Watch out for the fierce competition!

Third graders love to cheer on their friends and encourage them to reach a little higher on the climbing wall.
3rd Grade


Language Arts

  • Read grade-appropriate passages independently with fluency and expression
  • Deepen understanding of texts by applying self-monitoring and comprehension strategies while reading independently in Reader’s Workshop
  • Begin to identify the author’s purpose in a reading selection
  • Understand and apply new vocabulary
  • Use the writing process to compose grade-appropriate narrative, informational, and opinion writing samples during Writer’s Workshop
  • Use grade-appropriate paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word usage to effectively complete a variety of writing tasks
  • Apply understanding of types of sentences in student-generated writing samples
  • Identify parts of speech (noun, pronoun, adjective, and verb) and apply understanding in student-generated writing samples

Social Studies

  • Understand that geography helps us to understand the world through place and location
  • Understand and explain how the world and the United States both operate as systems
  • Identify and locate continents, oceans, and all 50 states by regions
  • Identify and use cardinal directions
  • Apply map skills to understand the world in which we live


  • Understand, memorize, and apply multiplication and division facts to 12
  • Identify and understand place value to the millions
  • Read, write, compare, and order numbers to the millions
  • Process and solve word problems
  • Understand, read, and write decimals to the hundredths place
  • Identify and write fractional parts of shaded regions of objects
  • Identify and draw line segments, rays, and angles
  • Identify and create parallel, non-parallel, and intersecting lines
  • Determine area and perimeter
  • Understand and explain how numbers operate as a system
  • Extend, describe, and create numeric patterns
  • Read, write, and explain number sentences using a variety of mathematical concepts
  • Use charts, tables, bar graphs, pie graphs, and line plots to ask questions and draw conclusions


  • Understand and explain how the solar system and its components operate as a system
  • Compare and contrast characteristics of planets
  • Understand how the human body operates as a system
  • Identify the major body systems, organs, and functions
  • Understand and use the scientific method to conduct experiments, make observations, and draw conclusions