Third Grade Curriculum
Reading / Language Arts
In third grade, students will continue to build on their reading skills to become stronger, more effective readers. Through various projects and activities and writing assignments, they learn to write and speak for a specific purpose. Students learn to become strategic readers by identifying the elements of a story. They read expository material for specific information. Study skills include test-taking skills that teach critical thinking and time management skills that can be directly applied to benchmark tests and STAAR assessment. Vocabulary development continues to include the refinement of phonetic and decoding skills. Word analysis strategies include: homonyms, antonyms, synonyms, analogies, multiple meaning, and compound words.
Reading comprehension skills taught include: understanding fiction and nonfiction reading selections, identifying main ideas, sequencing events, recalling details, making predictions, drawing inferences, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships. Third graders continue to learn and practice the steps of the writing process. Peer conferencing is introduced as another revision technique. Proper grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing are taught to enable students to proofread and communicate more effectively.
Third graders focus on fact families in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They continue developing strategies for multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. They continue the study of geometry, measurement, graphing, place value, and fractions. Practical application of measurement skills includes linear, weight, and capacity with customary and metric units. Students expand their math knowledge with probability and statistics that provides information for analyzing data and predicting outcomes. In addition, students will learn test taking strategies that will help them to use the information given in a math problem to decide which math operation to use to solve the problem. This ability will be utilized when taking benchmark tests and STAAR assessment.
The third-grade curriculum focuses on the physical, earth, and life sciences. In addition, students will study the physical states of matter, forms of energy, and motion.
Students will learn the properties of water in all states, including the water cycle upon the earth, changes in landforms upon the earth, and environmental influences upon animals and humans. Students also study the Solar System and the relationship between the sun, moon, and Earth. This unit is supplemented with the creation of a model and writing projects that enhances understanding of the place of our solar system within the universe.
The social studies curriculum in third grade reviews the concept of community. Students participate in activities that teach them skills in geography, government, history, business, problem solving, and study skills.
Students also study the regions of the United States and Texas. Included in this study, students will expand their understanding of core democratic values and the impact of historical people on our local and national communities.