3rd Grade Curriculum


The Third Grade Literacy Program provides students with balanced instruction that enhances each child’s individual skills and experiences. Balanced literacy instruction is characterized by meaningful literacy activities that provide children with both the skills and motivation to become proficient readers and writers. Literature and informational texts are used with individuals, small groups, or whole class instruction utilizing leveled books, a literature anthology, and online resources. In Third Grade, students develop core skills and strategies by interacting in meaningful activities with text. Skills developed in the third-grade Literacy Program include word study, grammar, spelling, responding to texts, listening, and speaking. Students read with increasing fluency and with meaning and purpose while utilizing appropriate comprehension and vocabulary strategies. Students read, discuss, reflect, respond, and use evidence from a text within a wide variety of literary genres to support their thinking. Students have the opportunity to read for pleasure and choose books based on reading level and personal preference. In Third Grade, students study three different types of writing: opinion, information, and narrative writing. A writer’s workshop approach is utilized. Students write for different purposes and specific audiences, revising and editing their writing as appropriate. Mentor texts are used to provide students with exemplars of the types of writing that they are studying. The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.


The Third Grade Math Program is intended to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills through concrete real world applications. Using Everyday Mathematics 4, the Common Core State Standards are supported with a focus on procedures, content, and applications in four critical areas:

  • Understanding of multiplication and division strategies for multiplication and division within 100;

  • Understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions;

  • Understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and area;

  • Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.

A spiraling curriculum is used that introduces key concepts to students at a young age and covers these concepts repeatedly, with increasing degrees of complexity. The mathematics program in Third Grade provides a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to assist students in becoming mathematically literate. Within the content of the program, an emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies, which develop critical thinking. Students use the language of math to draw, write, and talk about their learning. Mathematical topics covered in Third Grade include:

  • Place value

  • Fractions

  • Operations and computation, in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

  • Geometry exploration of 2 and 3-dimensional shapes

  • Data, chance, and graphing

  • Measurement of perimeter

  • Area of geometrical shapes and patterns

  • Patterns, functions, and algebra

  • Exploration of mass of volume

The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This course will prepare students to employ mathematical practices and content for Fourth Grade.


The Third Grade Science Program engages students in scientific inquiry and investigation. In Third Grade, students learn about the world around them through the study of earth, life, and physical science concepts and engineering design. During the year, students learn about forces and interactions; weather and climate; life cycles and traits; and, ecosystems. Students are engaged in inquiry lessons and activities, as well as researching and reporting about biomes and animals. The course is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Social Studies

In the Third Grade Social Studies Program Program, students study the geographic, economic, and cultural characteristics of a variety communities. In this context, students will develop content and skills related to civics, economics, history, and geography using an inquiry approach to learning. Students learn about communities that reflect the diversity of the world’s peoples and cultures. Students locate world communities and learn how different communities meet their basic needs and desires. The course is aligned to the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards.

Myanmar Studies

Elementary Myanmar Studies Course is to help students for Myanmar language competency and traditions of Myanmar as well. In Elementary Myanmar Studies students will practice writing, reading and speak skillfully. The students will learn about reading passages and using more vocabularies, grammar, and knowledge about Myanmar custom and culture and the festival in Myanmar. The students will demonstrate skills on effort and show respect toward Myanmar language and Myanmar tradition. Students will work on playing collaboratively. Students will take responsibility for their works. Students will demonstrate and understand what has been read. Students will listen attentively and follow directions. Students will participate appropriately in discussions.

Myanmar Music and Dance

The purpose of teaching Myanmar Music and Dance is to understand the basic concepts of Myanmar Culture, to love Myanmar traditions and customs and to keep the essence and beauty of Myanmar. We will start from basic theory and practice. Myanmar traditions include singing, dancing and playing the instruments. In Third Grade to Grade 5 we do traditional songs with the play (see and warr), Myanmar traditional dance, opera, and Myanmar festival dances. Students will learn basic skills of dancing Myanmar dance. The students will be tested to see how much they have achieved. Students will receive an explanation of the Myanmar day homage paying ceremony, special activities, and performances. Each student will understand the importance of the musical dances and instruments of Myanmar to follow up next level of learning.


At YIS we follow the NCAS Standards for Art Education: They are under the umbrellas of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting.

In Third Grade, our focus is to explore ideas and experiences and ways to represent them through experimentation with the visual art elements of shape, form, color, line, space, and texture.

By further using a variety of media and technologies we will develop artistic skill with Shape (Symmetrical, Asymmetrical), Color (tints, shades), Line (thick, thin, dashed, continuous, broken repeated, pattern), Space (simple perspective, foreground, middle-ground, background), and texture (man-made & natural as well as implied).

In addition to other media, they are familiar with, students will explore other techniques and processes such as Weaving, Photo-montage, Sculpture, and Ceramics to create 2-D and 3-D art that communicates ideas and messages to an audience.

Finally, they will present and display artwork taking into consideration where and how it should be displayed.

Students will be able to show appreciation and respect for a variety of artwork through personal responses, critiques of how art elements and media were used as well as identifying meaning and mood in artwork created by themselves, others and various cultures.


The YIS Music Department encourages the artistic growth of its students through four pillar standards: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. The YIS Music Department courses are aligned to NCAS standards. In the music classroom, students will encounter challenges that will allow them to engage in divergent thinking, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and perseverance. On the performance stage, students will demonstrate their musical growth in at least two concerts a year.

In the Third Grade Music classroom, students will participate in the Orff approach to world music. Elementary students will sing, play instruments, and use creative movement to focus on the following skills: Rhythm and form, instrument technique, composition, and improvisation. Third Grade students learn to create new musical ideas, analyze beat and quarter-, eighth-, half-, and sixteenth-note rhythms, sing and play pentatonic and hexatonic melodies, and develop musical preferences and interests.

Physical Education

Third Grade Physical Education continues to focus on the development of large and fine motor skills. Students are continuing to apply skills in team based sports settings and are developing their understanding of basic tactics for gameplay. Students are learning how to manage their own behavior and self-assess their own development and also offer some relevant feedback for their classmates. Units for this course include Team Building, Fitness, Ultimate sports, Swimming, Invasion Games, Striking / Kicking & Fielding Games, Rhythm & Dance and Gymnastics.


The Third Grade Technology course focuses on the introduction to cloud computing within the school’s Google domain and Google Suite applications. Emphasis is primarily focused on developing a fundamental understanding of Gmail and Google Drive; students work individually and also collaborate to complete assigned tasks within word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications. Assignments and projects are often integrated to help reinforce and expand understanding of core subject matter, while meeting information technology standards designated by the International Society for Technology in Education.