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    Third Grade Curriculum Highlights

    Reading Workshop

    • Emphasizes skills and strategies in the areas of comprehension, decoding and fluency
    • Includes daily mini-lessons, independent reading, small group work, conferring and at home reading
    • Promotes a love of literature through reading a variety of genres

    Writing Workshop

    • The main focus will be on narrative, persuasive and informational writing
    • Emphasis on paragraph writing and responding to text using text-based evidence
    • Proper grammar and writing conventions are taught within each writing unit
    • Cursive handwriting will be reviewed and practiced 


    • Introduction and practice of various word patterns through the Phonics First program

    Science and Health

    • Explore weather and climate, migration and life cycle of butterflies, plant and animal traits, and invisible forces
    • Making safe and healthy choices

    Social Studies

    • Read and interpret maps and globes
    • Compare and contrast world communities including the United States, Brazil, and China 
    • Focus on geography, government, economy, and culture of the different world communities


    • Units of study include multiplication, division, place value, addition, subtraction, fractions, measurement, geometry and graphing
    • Demonstrate fluency of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts 
    • Use a variety of problem solving strategies
    • Incorporate math vocabulary in written and oral explanations