• 3rd Grade Curriculum Highlights
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    Apply reading strategies to gain information and understanding of texts

    Apply higher level thinking skills to reading texts

    Apply comprehension skills in their reading

    Use prior knowledge and experience to draw  conclusions and make inferences

    Compare and contrast various reading selections

    Summarize a reading selection

    Acquire and apply new vocabulary

    Read grade level texts fluently

    Use listening skills and visual aids to gain information

    Engage in recreational reading

    Understand letter-sound relationships

    Apply grammar skills in accordance with reading series

    Spell grade level spelling words using phonics and word recognition skills

    Apply spelling skills in daily writing

    Complete book reports on a trimester basis


    Use correct mechanics and conventions

    Plan, revise, and edit pieces as a part of the writing process

    Organize and write a three paragraph essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion section

    Write narrative, opinion, and informative pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with details


    Understand concept of communities

    Recognize the existence of different cultures

    Understand the attributes of people in a variety of communities

    Understand reasons for the location of communities

    Recognize the importance of a community’s history

    Understand selected economic choices that must be made

    Recognize the importance of natural resources and machines in production of goods

    Understand that people around the world depend on each other

    Recognize that citizens have rights and responsibilities

    Learn basic concepts of local government


    Rapidly recall basic addition and subtraction facts

    Add and subtract through 4 digit numbers

    Recall multiplication facts through 10



    Rapidly recall basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts

    Add and subtract through 4-digit numbers

    Read, write, and compare 4-digit numbers

    Find equivalent names for numbers

    Identify and understand place value

    Count forwards and backwards in various patterns

    Understand the meaning of fractions and their parts

    Solve 2-step word problems by applying higher, order thinking skills

    Utilize math tools to problem solve equations

    Write and solve number equations

    Identify 2 and 3 dimensional shapes

    Identify the concept of symmetry

    Demonstrate age-appropriate measurement skills

    Measure using standard and metric units

    Collect, record, display and evaluate data to complete various graphs

    Understand the concept of elapsed time

    Understand and apply the concepts of area and perimeter

    Understand and identify the communicative, associative, distributive, zero, and identity properties


    Introduce students to the process of the scientific method

    Use informational text to locate and identify specific facts

    Units of study include:  Space, Rocks and Soil, Forces and Motion, Simple Machines, Lake Study, and Matter and Energy


    Demonstrate appropriate movement patterns in sport specific activities

    Know key concepts in improving physical fitness levels

    Work safely and cooperatively with others in all activities

    Demonstrate good sportsmanship


    Recognize a variety of art terms using the word wall.

    Recognize Oldenburg, Whistler, Van Gogh, Martinez and their works

    Recognize art from the Realism and Impressionism movements and the Japanese/Chinese and Mexican Art cultures


    Identify personal strengths and relate them to a variety of jobs

    Demonstrate appropriate ways to handle one’s feelings, wants, and needs

    Show appreciation of others

    Describe how people cooperate with one another to reach goals

    Describe various opportunities and roles that interest them in their communities, family, and the work force

    List reasons why people fight and how to solve fights

    List the steps to take if they are being abused

    Demonstrate conflict resolution skills

    List alternative activities to do instead of taking illegal drugs

    Role play good decision making skills


    Use formal keyboarding skills to learn letter key positions

    Access and use a standard word processing program to create, edit, apply formatting, and print documents

    Access on-line information sources including preselected web sites and searchable databases


    Demonstrate singing on pitch

    Demonstrate proficiency with solfege

    Demonstrate a steady beat

    Recognize the concepts of tempo & steady beat

    Understand the musical concept of meter

    Identify melodic direction in songs

    Identify harmony and musical phrasing in pieces

    Learn about musical form in signing

    Recognize musical instruments, their families, and their sound.


    Recognize main ideas of a text

    Review online catalog

    Use text features

    Determine differences between fables, myths, and folktales

    Identify cause and effect within a story

    Complete a research project using graphic organizers