Curriculum standards are what all grade-level students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a school year.  Key standards of third grade education are highlighted below.  All K-5 teachers are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/) in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Curriculum used includes Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Envision Math, Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI), FOSS Science Program, and Scott-Foresman History-Social Studies.

In Third Grade, each student will…

Language ArtsTop of Page

Reading
  • Grow in their love of reading
  • Read within-reach fiction books of choice
  • Learn ways to check their comprehension
  • Discover strategies for tackling multisyllabic words and figurative language
  • Learn to read expository non-fiction, identifying the main idea and supporting information
  • Read biographies, noticing the subject’s traits, motivations, challenges, and ways of overcoming challenges
  • Participate in character studies and make predictions 
  • Become resourceful word solvers
  • Compare and contrast characters, problems characters encounter, and reactions to those problems
  • Conduct research on a topic by reading across several books, synthesizing and organizing what they learn

Writing
  • Learn to apply their own writing techniques across the genres of Opinion, Information, and Narrative
  • Write personal narratives with emphasis on drafting and revising work
  • Create chapter books that synthesize a wide variety of information on topics of which they have firsthand knowledge
  • Gather and organize information to persuade people about causes children believe in
  • Use familiar fairy tales to explore techniques of fiction writing

Speaking and Listening
  • Participate in conversations about grade level topics
  • Ask and answer questions: texts/information
  • Report on topic/text, tell a story, retell an experience

MathematicsTop of Page

  • Represent and solve multiplication and division problems
  • Understand properties and relation of multiplication/division
  • Multiply and divide within 100
  • Solve with the four operations; identify and explain patterns
  • Use place value and properties of operation to solve
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers
  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Understand area and its relation to multiplication/addition
  • Recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures
  • Reason with shapes and attributes

ScienceTop of Page

  • Motion and Matter
    • Discover physical science core ideas dealing with forces and interactions
    • Learn about matter and its interactions
    • Explore engineering design
  • Water and Climate
    • Explore the properties of water
    • Learn about the water cycle and weather
    • Investigate the interactions between water and other earth materials
    • Discover how humans use water as a natural resource
  • Structures of Life
    • Investigate big ideas in life science
    • Describe and compare seed properties
    • Examine germinated seeds and set up a hydroponic garden
    • Observe and gather data on structures and behavior of crayfish
    • Observe the articulated human skeletal system in action
  • Experience a “living lab” in the school garden

Social StudiesTop of Page

  • Study geography
  • Discover Native Americans in their local regions
  • Explore local history timeline
  • Learn about rules and laws
  • Understand basic economics

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Top of Page

Learn about…
  • Know Yourself, Choose Yourself, Give Yourself
  • Intra Personal Skills
  • Self management
  • Social Awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Personal decision making skills

Physical EducationTop of Page

Skills are built upon each other throughout the grades.  Some areas to be emphasized throughout the year are:

  • Movement Concepts

  • Body Management

  • Locomotor Movement

  • Manipulative Skills

  • Rhythmic Skills

  • Aerobic Capacity

  • Muscular Strength/Endurance

  • Flexibility

  • Self-Responsibility

  • Social Interaction
Skills are built upon each other throughout the grades.  Some areas to be emphasized throughout the year are:
  • Movement Concepts
  • Body Management
  • Locomotor Movement
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Rhythmic Skills
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Responsibility
  • Social Interaction

MusicTop of Page

  • Learn to play the harmonica
  • Play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres
  • Gain accuracy in reading and understanding music
  • Explore complex rhythms and expand their vocal repertoire
  • Improvise and compose their own music
  • Explore musical dramas and learn how music helps tell stories
  • Learn folk dances from around the world
  • Learn how music is part of the world around them
  • Explore cross-curricula ideas 
  • Share self-expression through speaking, playing, and moving
  • Experience life skills related to teamwork, respect, and responsibility

ArtTop of Page

The sequential skills based program focuses on the appreciation and production of art, and the study of art history through…
  • Artistic Perception
  • Creative Expression
  • Historical and Cultural Context
  • Aesthetic Valuing
  • Connections, Relationships, and Applications

DesignTop of Page

  • Develop their ability to understand others, analyze challenges, and reflect on their work
  • Apply design practices to more complex projects
  • Work on three different projects, one during each trimester, that are aligned with current curriculum
  • Incorporate a variety of technology:  littleBits, Sketch, Pages, Adobe Creative Suite, TinkerCAD, SketchUp, iMovie, DIY Electronics