3rd Grade Learning Standards

3rd Grade Learning Standards

Language Arts
The Language Arts program develops students into effective communicators through a
variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will continue to
develop vocabulary with larger multi-syllable words, increase comprehension, and
strengthen grammar skills. Varied sentence structure and paragraph writing will continue
to be reinforced with pre-writing activities and 6-traits of writing through creative,
expository, research, functional, and expressive writing. Students will continue to
develop reading fluency and accuracy at grade level. Comprehension strategies and
elements of literature will be explored through poetry, fictional, and informational
readings.

Mathematics
Students will obtain mastery of basic facts and an automatic fluency with fundamental
operations necessary for higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will
learn and become proficient in more advanced calculation skills, place value,
multiplication, division (one, two, and three digits), fractions, utilizing relationships, and
making inferences to solve real world problems. They will explore geometry, use
measurement to describe and compare real world data, and use inductive and deductive
reasoning to test the validity of their ideas.

History
Third grade History introduces the reasons for the effects of the exploration of North
America to provide a foundation for further study in the fourth and fifth grades. The idea
of freedom is explored through the study of our nation from the Civil War through late
19th and early 20th century immigration. The development of cultures and civilizations
and their contributions are expanded through the introduction of ancient Greece and
Rome. Topics from American History, World History, Government, Geography, and
Economics will be explored.

Science
Students are naturally curious about the world and nature. To sustain this curiosity
students will be actively engaged in learning to view the world scientifically through
hands-on experience and observation. Students will be encouraged to ask questions
about nature and seek the answers, collect, count, and measure things, make observations,
organize collections, and discuss findings. Students will explore topics from Life
Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science and build upon science skills
acquired in the second grade.