Third Grade

3rd Grade Team

English Language Arts 

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of literary and informational text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator and characters.
  • Explain how the text’s illustrations contribute to the words in a story.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
  • Speak in complete sentences.
  • Use technology to produce written products. 


  • Interpret the product(s) of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 x 7 as the total number of objects in five groups of seven objects each. Describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 x 7.
  • By the end of grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
  • Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 1,000 using strategies and algorithms (the algorithm is the procedure for adding and subtracting you learned in school).
  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute and solve problems involving addition and subtraction of time in minutes.
  • Understand a fraction is part of a whole unit.


  • Earth and Space Science: Explain that stars can differ by size, brightness and distance. Identify the Sun as the star closest to Earth and that it emits energy in the form of heat and light. Gravity as a force that can be overcome.
  • Life Science: Describe structures in plants and their role in food production. Investigate how plants react to stimuli such as heat, light and gravity. Animal classification (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates). Classify flowering and nonflowering plants. Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.
  • Physical Science: Measure and compare temperature, mass and volume of solids and liquids. Compare materials based on properties such as color, texture and hardness. Describe how water changes state and use scientific terms such as melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation. Identify basic forms of energy such as heat, light, sound, electrical and mechanical. Demonstrate how light moves in a straight line and that it can be reflected, refracted and absorbed.

Social Studies

  • Analyzing primary and secondary sources.
  • Identifying contributions of various ethnic groups to the United States.
  • Terms related to the social sciences.
  • Explaining the purpose and need for government.
  • Giving examples of how scarcity results in trade.
  • Explaining how environment influences settlement patterns in the United States and other North American regions.


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