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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.

Social-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