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Grade 3 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • Utilize a variety of strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary growth
    • Summarize portions of a text to determine a theme or central idea
    • Describe a character, drawing on specific details from the text
    • Identify parts of stories, dramas, and poems 
    • Identify and use text features and illustrations to build comprehension
    • Determine the meaning of words within a text
  • Extend understanding by making inferences from text
    • Develop and answer questions to locate relevant and specific details in a text to support an answer or inference
    • Describe the relationship  among a series of events, ideas, concepts, or steps in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause and effect
    • Discuss how the reader’s point of view or perspective may differ from that of the author, narrator or characters in a text 
    • Explain how claims in a text are supported by important reasons and evidence


With guidance and support, your child will:

  • Produce writing in which the development and organization is appropriate to task and purpose
    • Opinion text:
      • Write an introduction that names the topic 
      • State the point of view about a topic or text
      • Use reasons that support the topic
      • Use linking words to connect opinion and reasons
      • Write a concluding statement or section that restates the opinion
    • Informative text:
      • Write an introduction that names the topic
      • Use facts, definitions, and details to develop points
      • Write a concluding statement or section that restates the most important information
    • Narrative (events real or imagined):
      • Write a lead
      • Write a real or imagined situation
      • Introduce narrator or characters through actions, thoughts, and feelings
      • Write events in order 
      • Use narrative techniques such as dialogue and description
      • Use transition words (first, next, then, etc.)
      • Write an ending that brings closure to the story

Foundational Skills

Your child will:

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills when encoding and decoding words
    • Know the meaning of the most common prefixes and suffixes
    • Decode words with common Latin suffixes
    • Decode multisyllable words
    • Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words
    • Apply common encoding rules:
      • Know when to drop the final e when adding endings
      • Know when to double the final consonant when adding a suffix
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
    • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings
    • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary

Speaking and listening

Your child will:

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with peers and adults in small and large groups
  • Prepare for discussions
  • Follow agreed-upon norms
  • Ask questions related to the presented topic
  • Explain own ideas and understandings during discussion
  • Present information in a small or large group format
    • Report on a topic or text with facts and detail speaking clearly at an understandable pace
    • Include digital media and visual displays in presentations


Your child will:

  • Know basic addition and subtraction facts through 20
  • Know basic multiplication and division facts through the tens
  • Create arrays, drawings, equal groups, measurement quantities, to solve multiplication and division word problems within 100
  • Apply Commutative, Associative and Distributive Properties to solve multiplication and division problems
  • Solve two-step word problems using all four operations and represent them with equations with a variable
  • Understand fractions as part of a whole and label them on a number line
  • Make equivalent fractions using models or number lines
  • Compare fractions with the same numerator or denominator using (<,>,=)
  • Tell time to the nearest minute and solve word problems using time
  • Measure, estimate, and solve problems using standards units (g, kg, l)
  • Find area and perimeter of figures using measurements and unit squares
  • Partition shapes into equal areas
  • Name and sort different quadrilaterals
  • Explain strategies for solutions using math vocabulary


Your child will engage in science and engineering practices to explore:

  • inheritance and traits
  • balancing forces
  • weather and climate
  • environments and survival

Social studies

Focus: Regions of the United States

Your child will explore the regions of the United States through inquiry and the four lenses of geography, economy, civics or government, and history:

  • Identify major geographic regions of the United States
  • Describe how different environments affect the way people live in different regions
  • Learn how regions depend on each other
  • Compare and contrast various regions in terms of topography, climate and population, economy, government, etc.
  • Apply reference and map skills to social studies concepts
  • Research and learn about historical events of the United States using the skills of cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, and change and continuity over time

Fitness education

Your child will:

  • Understand and apply the components of health-related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill-related fitness
  • Develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • Develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


Your child will:

  • Sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Read and notate music
  • Listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music


Through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, your child will:

  • Identify, describe and effectively use elements of art in their projects
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Design Principles
  • Know a variety of artists, art styles, and art movements throughout history
  • Know that art is created by all cultures
  • Create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • Demonstrate their understanding of skills and techniques necessary to produce specific projects
  • Know specific art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Classroom guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor.  Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationships, decision making, protective behaviors and careers.  Skills taught will assist each child in his or her academic, emotional and social development.  This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.

Social and emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives
    • This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes
  • Emotion management – students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions
    • This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations
  • Empathy & kindness – students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives
    • This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view
  • Problem-solving – students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution
    • This unit’s content helps students ask, listen and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving