• GRADE THREE CURRICULUM                          


    • Reading Workshop - independent reading / book responses
    • Reading Street: Comprehension Skills / Vocabulary
    • Literature Circles
    • Periodicals (Weekly Reader)


    1. WRITING
    • Spelling component to Reading Street
    • Writer’s Notebooks - variety of publishing
    • Narrative / Persuasive / Expository Units
    • Daily Edit – mechanics / grammar / punctuation
    • Prompts - quarterly
    • Reading responses: “Jots” (connection to literature)
    • Country Reports / note taking
    • Math explanations and descriptions (problem solving)


    1. MATH
    • Math In Focus
    • Anchor Tasks
    • CPA: Concrete-Pictoral-Abstract
    • MiF Explanation video


    • International Unit of Study (Country Reports)
    • Daily Geography
    • Map Skills


    1. SCIENCE
    • Rocks & Minerals
    • Plant Growth & Development
    • Chemical Tests
    • Sound


    PA Academic Standards: Grade 3

    Reading: Fiction

    • Ask and answer questions about the text.
    • Make inferences from text; referring to text to support responses. 
    • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea. 
    • Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. 
    • Explain how a series of events, concepts, or steps in a procedure is connected within a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect
    • Explain the point of view of the author. 
    • Recount poems, dramas, or stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. 
    • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters. 

    Reading: Non-Fiction

    • Use information gained from illustrations, maps, photographs, and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
    • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic. 



    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in grade-level text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral meaning as well as shades of meaning among related words. 
    • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies and tools. 
    • Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. 
    • Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns
    • Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood). 
    • Form and use regular and irregular verbs
    • Form and use the simple verb tenses (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk). 
    • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement. * 
    • Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified. 
    • Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
    • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences
    • Capitalize appropriate words in titles. 
    • Use commas in addresses. 
    • Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue
    • Form and use possessives
    • Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness). 
    • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words



    • Round two- and three-digit whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred, respectively.   
    • Add two- and three-digit whole numbers
    • Subtract two- and three-digit numbers from three-digit whole numbers.   
    • Multiply one-digit whole numbers by two-digit multiples of 10 (from 10 through 90).   
    • Order a set of whole numbers from least to greatest or greatest to least.
    • Represent fractions on a number line (limit denominators to 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8; limit numerators to whole numbers less than the denominator; and no simplification necessary)
    • Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions (limit denominators to 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8).
    • Compare two fractions with the same denominator (limit denominators to 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8).
    • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
    • Apply the commutative property of multiplication 
    • Apply the associative property of multiplication
    • Solve two-step word problems using the four operations.
    • Assess the reasonableness of answers
    • Recognize rhombi, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals and/or draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories. 
    • Tell, show, and/or write time (analog) to the nearest minute.   
    • Calculate elapsed time to the minute in a given situation (60 minutes or less). 
    •  Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units (cups [c], pints [pt], quarts [qt], gallons [gal], ounces [oz.], and pounds [lb]) and metric units (liters [l], grams [g], and kilograms [kg]).   
    • Use a ruler to measure lengths to the nearest quarter inch or centimeter. 
    • Compare total values of combinations of coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter) and/or dollar bills less than $5.00.   
    • Make change for an amount up to $5.00 with no more than $2.00 change given 
    • Round amounts of money to the nearest dollar. 
    • Complete a scaled pictograph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories (scales limited to 1, 2, 5, and 10). 
    • Solve one- and two-step problems using information to interpret data presented in scaled pictographs and scaled bar graphs (scales limited to 1, 2, 5, and 10). 
    • Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in., square ft, and non-standard square units). 
    • Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths
    • Solve problems involving perimeters of polygons.
    • Find the perimeter given the side lengths, find an unknown side length.