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Grade 3 Curriculum

Grade 3 Curriculum


English Language Arts


Reading Literature

  • Describe characters in a story
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases in text
  • Refer to parts of poems, drama and stories when writing
  • Distinguish personal point of view from narrator or characters
  • Explain how illustrations contribute to the meaning of the story
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and events across texts


Reading Informational Texts

  • Answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text
  • Describe details in a text using sequence and cause and effect
  • Use text features to locate information on a specific topic
  • Compare point of view from that of the author
  • Use information from illustrations and words in texts to demonstrate understanding
  • Compare and contrast important information from two texts


Foundational Skills

  • Identify and understand prefixes and suffixes
  • Decode multisyllabic words
  • Read irregularly spelled words
  • Read fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate and expression
  • Use context to understand vocabulary



  • Write opinion pieces
  • Write informative texts
  • Write narrative texts
  • Begin using organizational tools to write for a purpose
  • Begin to plan, revise and edit for conventions
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing (includes keyboarding)
  • Conduct short research projects
  • Take notes and sort important information into categories


Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in discussions (partners and groups)
  • Determine main ideas and details from a read aloud text
  • Report on a topic or text
  • Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker



  • Use grammar and conventions in speaking, writing, and spelling
  • Clarify the meaning of unknown words, multiple-meanings and phrases
  • Use reference materials to check for spelling
  • Demonstrate understanding of similes, metaphors, idioms antonyms, synonyms, etc


Social Studies


How Geography Influences Community Location and Development

  • Determine the relationships between human settlement and geography
  • Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment
  • Analyze ways that cultures use, maintain, and preserve the physical environment


Cultural Factors that Shape a Community

  • Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops
  • Explain how selected indigenous cultures of the Americas have changed over time


Principles of Civic Responsibility in Classroom, Community, and Country

  • Describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community
  • Identify ways community needs are met by government
  • Apply principles of civic responsibility




Earth & Space Science
ESS1- Represent data to describe weather conditions
ESS2- Describe climates in different regions of the world
ESS3- Make a claim about a solution to a weather-related hazard


Physical Science
PS1- Conduct an investigation on the effect of balanced and unbalanced
PS2- Make observations and measurements of an object’s motion
PS3- Investigate relationships of electric and magnetic interactions
between objects
PS4- Define a simple design solution using magnets


Life Science
LS1- Provide evidence that plants and animals have inherited traits
LS2- Explain how traits can be influenced by the environment
LS3- Explain why some animals form groups
LS4- Explain how variations in characteristics affect different species
LS5- Provide evidence about how specific organisms survive in particular
LS6- Make a claim about the merit of a solution about a problem caused
when the environment changes
LS7- Analyze and interpret data from fossils
LS8- Develop models to describe unique life cycles




Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division
  • Multiply and divide within 100
  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic


Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic


Number and Operations – Fractions

  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers


Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and related area to multiplication and to addition
  • Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures



  • Reason with shapes and their attributes




Understanding of Core Catholic Beliefs

  • Discover that God speaks through the Bible and the Church
  • Reflect on meaning that God is holy and everlasting
  • Discus that Mary is the mother of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Retell that God sent His only Son to save all people from sin
  • Explain the Paschal Mystery (life, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus)
  • Reflect that through faith and baptism they join with Jews and the Church and share in the mission of the Church
  • Celebrate the feasts recognized by the Catholic Church
  • Explain the Paschal Mystery


Worship and the Sacraments

  • Explain the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation
  • Receive sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • Know responses in Mass liturgy
  • Experience individual and communal prayer
  • Recite prayers (Apostles Creed, Acts of Faith, Hope, Love)
  • Read, interpret, and apply Scripture


Liturgical Calendar

  • Describe seasons of Advent and Christmas
  • Describe seasons of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
  • Describe Ordinary Time


Social Justice and Service

  • Demonstrate respect and dignity for all creation
  • Explain conscience
  • Actively participate in class and individual service projects
  • Identify needs of the world and ways we can help