Grade 3 Curriculum Guide

Social Studies

  • Holidays and folk customs
  • Native Americans
  • Explorers and pioneers
  • Appreciation of different cultures, races, religions
  • History and development of local community
  • Community helpers
  • Consumers and producers
  • Sources of food and clothing
  • Shelters of animals and people
  • History and development of transportation
  • History and development of communication
  • Citizenship and social responsibility
  • Basic human needs and wants
  • Local geography and typography
  • U.S. geography and regions
  • The continents
  • Flat maps and globes

Science

  • Animal helpers
  • Life cycle
  • Plants and animals of the desert
  • Plants and animals of the sea
  • Common birds, trees, flowers
  • Forest plants
  • Conservation of plants and animals
  • Weather and climate
  • Earth’s changing surface
  • Magnets and electricity
  • Compass
  • Gravity
  • Light and color
  • Energy and its sources
  • Force and work
  • Machines
  • Moons and stars
  • Earth satellites
  • Scientific method and scientific inquiry

Nature Studies/Animal Studies

  • Human Education
  • Indigenous Species
    • Beaver Studies
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Reptiles
    • Amphibians
  • Animal Classification
  • Scats and Tracks
  • Seeds/Seed Travel
  • New Life
  • Metamorphosis
  • Pond Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Animal Homes/Habitats
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Migration
  • Hibernation
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Trees
    • Deciduous
    • Coniferous
    • Bark
    • Leaves
    • Photosynthesis

Language Arts

  • Silent reading
  • Reading prose and poetry aloud
  • Oral presentations: reporting experiences orally with accuracy
  • Alphabetizing through the third letter of a word
  • Dictionary skills
  • Developing word-attack methods
  • Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms
  • Spelling
  • Beginning cursive writing
  • Concept of paragraph
  • Using period, comma, question mark, apostrophe, quotation marks
  • Writing short, original stories and poems
  • Post-writing skills: editing and proofreading
  • Increasing indexing skills

Mathematics

  • Reading and writing numbers to 5 places
  • Beginning Roman numerals
  • Rounding numbers
  • Positive and negative numbers in daily life
  • Simple fractions and equivalents
  • Properties of one
  • Numeration systems
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 25
  • Multiplication and division facts to 100
  • Perimeter, area, volume
  • Geometric constructions
  • Similar and congruent figures
  • Properties of solid figures
  • Customary and metric measurement
  • Time to 1- and 5-minute measures
  • Estimation of outcomes
  • Problems-solving analysis
  • Word problems
  • Charts and graphs

Health and Safety

  • Care of eyes and ears
  • Dental health
  • Proper balance of activities
  • Healthful leisure activities
  • Prevention and control of diseases
  • Parts of the body
  • Nutrition
  • Health with relation to food, shelter, clothing
  • School and community health services
  • Home safety hazards
  • Safety in the community
  • Simple first aid

Life Skills/Character Education

  • Responsibility
  • Interpreting and following rules
  • Making choices
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Building community
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Service learning
  • Respect for other people
  • Teamwork
  • Peer conflict resolution skills
  • Manners and courtesy
  • Respect for materials
  • Respect for the environment
  • Accepting differences
  • Planting and gardening
  • Animal care
  • Cooking and food preparation
  • Table manners

Creative Arts

  • Exploring different media
  • Colors: primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Texture
  • Dimension
  • Sculpting with clay
  • Art appreciation
  • Style and techniques
  • Well-known artists
  • Self-expression
  • Fiber crafts

Foreign Language — Spanish

  • Pronunciation
  • Basic conversational phrases
  • Spanish sentence structure
  • Reading Spanish
  • Regular and irregular verbs
  • Verb tenses
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Spanish Vocabulary:
    • Greetings
    • Numbers/Counting
    • Colors
    • Shapes
    • Family members
    • Animals
    • Household articles
    • Sports and games
    • Things at school
    • Food
    • Articles of clothing
    • Calendar (Days and Months)
    • Weather
    • Feelings
    • Modes of travel
    • Places