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Third Grade Curriculum


3rd Grade Reading

  • Identify main idea and details
  • Make inferences
  • Draw conclusions
  • Identify author’s purpose
  • Identify cause-and-effect relationships
  • Sequencing
  • Compare and contrast story elements, characters, setting, and problems
  • Understand the difference between fact and opinion
  • Figurative language
  • personification, similes, metaphors, and symbolism
  • Use context clues to find the meanings of new words
  • Use prefixes and suffixes to learn the meaning of new words
  • Use synonyms, antonyms, homophones, homographs, to learn the meaning of new words
  • Determine the correct meaning of words with multiple meanings
  • Identify character and character development, setting, plot, and problem/resolution within a story

    3rd Grade Math

  • Solve multiplication and division problems and identify them as inverse operations
  • Represent fractions
  • Compare and order fractions
  • Use models to represent equivalent fractions
  • Create/analyze patterns and relationships using words, variables, tables, graphs
  • Estimate and solve problems using numbers through hundred thousands
  • Solve word problems by making a table, chart, or list
  • Compare and classify two-dimensional shapes and apply congruence, symmetry
  • Understand polygons with 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, or 10 sides
  • Solve problems involving area and perimeter
  • Make/analyze bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots
  • Measure objects using fractional parts (1/2, 1/4, 1/10)
  • Tell time to the nearest minute and quarter hour and determine elapsed time

3rd Grade Science

  • Explain that stars can be different (size, brightness)
  • Identify the Sun as a star that emits energy, heats objects,  and is the closest star to Earth
  • Explore the Law of Gravity
  • Investigate how plants respond to stimuli
  • Classify animals into major groups (mammal, birds, etc)
  • Classify flowering/nonflowering plants into major groups
  • Describe how plants and animals respond to changing seasons
  • Keep records of observations
  • Infer based on observation
  • Measure and compare temperatures of solids/liquids
  • Measure and compare mass and volume of solids and liquids
  • Recognize that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change
  • Observe that things that give off light also give off heat
  • Observe that heat is produced when one object rubs against another