3rd Grade First Trimester Curriculum



Multiplication Concepts and Facts – multiply by one digit, function machine

Problem solving – Use simpler numbers, drawing model, guess & test, choose operation, more than one step

Algebra- order in multiplication, missing factors, addition more than 2 addends

Place Value- Money, compare & order numbers, make change,

Addition – with & without regrouping, more than 2 addednds, estimate sums, mental math

Subtraction – with & without regrouping, with zeros, money

Statistics & Probability – (begin) graphs, median, mean



Unit 1:Environments

How does our environment affect us? How can an environment affect lives and relationships? In this unit, students address these questions and others by reading traditional tales. After learning what good writers do, they write their own personal narratives.

Reading Focus

  • Traditional tales (folktales and myths), realistic fiction and informational text to understand their elements.
  • Figurative language, graphic features, and imagery
  • VC/CV syllable pattern, the -s, -es, -es inflected endings, -ing, ed, er, and -est base word endings, ee, ea, ai, ay, ow, oa vowel digraphs, and the ou, ow, oi, oy dipthongs
  • Reading skills : analyzing plot, setting, and characters; inferring theme; analyzing text features; analyzing descriptions language; describing how imagery, and other literary devices, achieve specific purposes

Writing Focus

-Personal narrative

-Simple sentences; subjects and predicates; compound sentences; compound subjects and predicates; common and proper nouns

-Writing skills: developing a sequence of events; developing characters, setting, plot, and resolution; composing dialogue; describing actions, thoughts, and feelings; revising, editing, and publishing

Selections for Unit 1

-Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

-Why the Sky is Far Away


-Living in Deserts

-The Older Flower:A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico


Unit 2: Interactions

How do plants and animals live together? Why is it important for plants and animals to depend on each other? In this unit, students address these questions and others by reading informational texts. After learning from their reading, they will write their own informational ho-to-articles.

Reading Focus

-Informational texts, realistic fiction, and persuasive text to understand their elements

-Synonyms and Antonyms; context clues; figurative language; parts of speech

-VC/V, V/CV, and VCe syllable patterns, or, ore, oar; r-controlled vowels; compound words; contractions

-Reading skills: Identifying main ideas and details; analyzing text structure; analyzing text illustrations; synthesizing information; comparing and contrasting text; explaining author’s purpose

Writing Focus

-Personal narrative

-Singular and plural nouns; irregular plural nouns; singular and plural possessive nouns; types of verbs

-Writing skills: Developing the topic and structure for a How-To-Article; developing main idea and relevant details; organizing steps in sequence; developing illustrations; Revising, editing, and publishing


Selections for Unit 2

-Patterns in Nature

-Weird Friends: Unlikely Allies in the Animal Kingdom

-Wolf Island

-Welcome Back, Wolves!/Wolves Don’t Belong in Yellowstone

-Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats



Faith Statements-

UNIT 1: Jesus gives us the Church

1.God sends us His own Son

2. Jesus teaches us about God’s love

3. Christ will come again

4. The Church begins

5. We learn about the early Church

6. The Church year

7. Ordinary time

UNIT 2: We are members of the Church

8. The Church has four marks

9. The Church teaches us


Our Lady of the Rosary


The Holy Family

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Philip Neri


The Creed


Act of Contrition

Grace before/after meals

Morning prayer



First Trimester

Topic 1:  Motion and Forces

Essential Question: How do forces on an object affect its motion?

Lesson 1: Motion

Lesson 2: Patterns in Motion

Lesson 3: Forces and Motion

Lesson 4: Balanced and Unbalanced Forces


Topic 2: Electricity and Magnetism

Essential Question: How can you solve a problem using magnetic forces?

Lesson 1:Electric Forces

Lesson 2:Magnetic Forces



First Trimester

Chapter 1: Environments

Big Question: How do we interact with our planet?

Lesson 1: Land and Water

Lesson 2: Weather, Climate, and Forces of Nature
Lesson 3: Using Earth’s Resources

Lesson 4: Interacting with Environment


Chapter 2: Economics
Big Question: How do people get what they want and need?

Lesson 1: Goods and Services
Lesson 2: Types of Resources
Lesson 3: Economic Choices
Lesson 4: Human Capital