3rd Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:

The third grade literacy program provides students with balanced instruction that enhances each child’s individual skills and experiences. A variety of instructional techniques and learning activities are employed based on the unique needs of every learner. Balanced literacy instruction is characterized by meaningful literacy activities that provide children with both the skills and motivation to become proficient readers and writers. The Houghton Mifflin reading program provides a core for the literacy program. Fiction and nonfiction leveled books  are used with individuals, small groups or for whole class instruction. Skills developed in the literacy program include:

  • Word study
  • Reading strategies
  • The writing process
  • Responding to literature
  • Grammar
  • Speaking
  • Listening

The literacy program encourages students to develop an enduring love of books and reading.


The Everyday Mathematics program in grade three 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:

  • Numeration through 1,000,000
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and integers
  • Operations and computation in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division 
  • Operations using fractions, decimals and integers
  • Geometry exploration of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes
  • Data and chance 
  • Measurement of perimeter
  • Area of geometrical shapes and patterns 
  • Patterns, functions and algebra

The processes of mathematical work and play will foster the development of the student’s mathematical reasoning and understanding.


Science in third grade is inquiry based. Students are given opportunities to develop skills such as formulating questions and predictions, designing experiments, making observations, writing about science, and using higher level thinking to solve problems. Students explore their world through research in small groups, whole class settings and individually. Throughout the year, students investigate two different topics in science: Topics covered in third grade include Magnets and Habitats.

Social Studies:

In the grade three social studies program, students study about communities throughout the world. The AERO social studies standards form the basis for this investigation as students learn about the social, geographical, economical, and historical characteristics of different world communities. Students learn about communities that reflect the diversity of the world’s peoples and cultures. They study Western and non-Western examples from a variety of geographic areas. Students locate world communities and learn how different communities meet their basic needs and wants.