Third-grade students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature and will apply reading comprehension strategies in all subject areas. Students will continue to learn new vocabulary words and read age-appropriate text with fluency, accuracy, and expression. Effective communication skills will be reinforced through group activities and required oral reports. In addition, students will plan, draft, revise, and edit stories and will gather and use information from print and nonprint sources. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communticators.
Third-grade mathematics includes learning experiences with whole numbers through thousands, fractions, the concepts of multiplication and division, measurement, geometry and graphing. Activities which promote the development of problem-solving strategies, logical reasoning, and pattern analysis are important concepts of the program. Communicating mathematically and connecting mathematics to the real world are emphasized.
The third-grade standards place increasing emphasis on conducting investigations. Students are expected to be able to develop questions, formulate simple hypotheses, make predictions, gather data, and use the metric system with greater precision. Using information to make inferences and draw conclusions becomes more important. In the areas of physical science, the standards focus on simple and compound machines, energy, and a basic understanding of matter. Behavioral and physical adaptations are examined in relation to the life needs of animals. The notion of living systems is further explored in food chains and diversity in ecosystems. Patterns in the natural world are demonstrated in terms of phases of the moon, tides, seasonal changes, the water cycle, and animal and plant life cycles. Components of soil are also taught this year.
Third-grade students will develop an understanding of the elements of civilizations by studying five ancient civilizations. Students will also learn about the early explorations of North America. Third graders will obtain and apply map skills when learning concepts of geography of the world and the five ancient civilizations. Students are expected to understant factors in economic decision making and will learn about the use of natural, human and capital resources. Students will discuss rules and laws as well as the basic principles held by all Americans that form the foundation of a republican form of government. Six historical figures that contributed and helped to defend these American principles will be covered this school year. Students will learn about the American principles that unite different ethnic origins within our republican form of government.