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Grade 3 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • understand and select a variety of  reading skills and strategies including:
    • setting a purpose for readingand adjusting speed to fit the purpose
    • identifying structures of different types of text
    • checking understanding by asking questions before and during reading
    • self-correcting when written material doesn’t make sense by rereading, applying background knowledge and using contextual clues and phonics to understand unfamiliar words
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information by:
    • using appropriate reading strategies to understand written materials
    • restating and summarizing information orally and in writing
    • applying information to new situations such as projects and reports
    • comparing three or more sources of information about the same topic
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials by:
    • forming generalizations based on written material
    • identifying/understanding the author’s purpose and use of literary devices
    • understanding implicit ideas and making inferences in written materials
  • through reading, investigate issues and interests common to all people and relating characters and plot to real-life situations


Using the writing process, your child will:

  • generate ideas through pre-writing activities
  • set focus and purpose for writing and consider audience
  • organize writing into beginning, middle and end
  • logically sequence ideas
  • choose words that are clear and appropriate
  • begin to consider voice
  • use details to explain and expand ideas
  • include some variety in sentences
  • use standard spelling, complete sentences and grade appropriate capitalization and punctuation
  • complete a research project

Speaking and Listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions
  • ask questions when help is needed
  • listen attentively


Your child will:

  • show academic progress
  • display effort
  • know basic addition/subtraction facts through 20
  • know basic multiplication/division facts through the tens
  • demonstrate problem solving strategies
  • explain mathematical reasoning


Your child will learn about science by asking questions about the world, designing and conducting experiments and recording and reflecting on findings. Your third grader will:

  • discover the difference between a biome and a habitat
  • design an imaginary organism that can survive in a habitat within a researched biome
  • explore and model how light beams travel
  • explore what happens to light as it shines on various materials
  • observe how the apparent path of the sun changes during the year using tools to track its position during the fall, winter and spring

Social Studies

Focus: Regions of the United States

Your child will:

  • 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/contrast various regions in terms of topography, climate and population, etc.
  • apply reference and map skills to social studies concepts

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


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/her academic, emotional and social development.  This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.