3rd Grade Third Trimester Curriculum


Unit 5: Solutions

How does the work challenge us? How can nature change people’s lives? In this unit, students address these questions and others by reading informational text. They also learn about natural disasters from procedural texts, historical fiction, and traditional tales. They learn about the sound and structure of poetry and write their own poems.

Reading Focus

-Informational text about natural disasters and their effect on people.

-Vowel patterns au, aw, ai, laugh, ought, ei, high

-Schwa sound

-Suffix -en

-Final stable syllables -le, -ture, -ive, -ize

-Reading skills: Analyzing text features; Analyzing text structure; Analyzing point of view; Inferring theme


Writing Focus


-Comparing adjectives and adverbs

-Using complex sentences

-Pronoun-antecedent agreement

-Uses of commas

Writing skills: Composing with imagery and figurative language; composing with rhythm, rhyme and alliteration; Developing a structure through line breaks and stanzas; Revising for word choice


Selections for Unit 5

-Deep Down and Other Extreme Places to Live

-Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Other Events that Change Earth

-A Safety Plan: In Case of Emergency

-Nora’s Ark

-from Aesop Fox


Faith Statements-

UNIT 3 (continues)

19. We pray for healing and eternal life
20. LENT

UNIT 4: We are called to Discipleship

22. We continue the work of Jesus
23.The Church respects all people
24. The Church is worldwide
25. We are God’s Holy People
26.The Kingdom


Saint Catherine of Siena
Saint Rose of Lima
Saint Martin de Porres
Saint John Bosco
Saint Frances Cabrini


The Creed
Act of Contrition
Grace before/after meals
Morning Prayer



Algebra – order of operations, expressions & variables


Decimals & Fractions – compare, order, add, subtract, multiply, divide, equivalent fractions and decimals

Problem Solving

Measurement – distance, capacity, weight, renaming units of measurement

Multiplication, Division review


Adverbs- (continue)

Punctuations and Capitalizations- end

Punctuations, capital letters,

Abbreviations, personal titles, initials,

Titles of books & poems; commas in a

series, direct address, compound

sentences; apostrophes, addresses, direct


Diagramming- adjectives as complements,

Compound subjects, compound

predicates, compound sentences,

compound complements


Book Reports
Persuasive writing(continued)
Creative writing – realistic fiction; characters; dialog; contractions;  poetry-lines that rhyme
Poetry – limerick, free verse
Research Report – Facts & notes(journals);
Library skills; revising sentences;reporting; cross curricular  connection  with the scientific process



Topic 5: Life Cycles and Traits

Essential Question: How do the traits of living things vary?

Lesson 1: Life Cycles

Lesson 2: Inherited Traits

Lesson 3: Traits Influenced by the Environment


Topic 6: Adaptations and Survival

Essential Question: What happens to living things when their environments change?

Lesson 1: Survival of Individuals

Lesson 2: Survival of Groups

Lesson 3: Survival When Environments Change


Topic 7: Fossil Evidence

Essential Question – How have living things and environments changed?

Lessons 1: Fossils

Lessons 2: Fossils as a Record

Lessons 3: Living Things and Climate Change

Social Studies


Chapter 5: Citizenship and Civic Engagement
Big Question: How can I participate?

Lesson 1: The Reasons for Rules and Laws
Lesson 2: Being  Good Citizen
Lesson 3: Taking Action for Our Rights
Lesson 4: American Heroes


Chapter 6: A Growing Nation
Big Question: How does life change throughout history?

Lesson 1: New Ways to Travel
Lesson 2: A New Home in America
Lesson 3: New Ways to Communicate
Lesson 4: New Ideas


Chapter 7: Celebrating Our Communities
Big Question: How is culture shared?

Lesson 1: What Makes a Community?
Lesson 2: Three Types of Communities
Lesson 3: People and Cultures
Lesson 4: Culture Through the Arts
Lesson 5: Cultural Celebrations
Lesson 6: Our Nation’s Diversity