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3rd Grade Curriculum

Third grade is a huge year! Our primary focus is reading and math. Science, social studies, and writing are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students will also attend music, art, and P.E. each week.

Reading • Math • Science • Writing • Social Studies


Reading Curriculum   Back to top

Click here to see the Polk County third grade reading curriculum.

The topics we will cover include:

  • Inference
  • Author's Purpose
  • Main Idea
  • Phonics/Word Analysis of complex word families
  • Vocabulary context clues
  • Multiple-meaning words
  • Root words, prefixes, and suffixes (basic)
  • Sequence
  • Cause and Effect
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Fluency
  • Story Structure
  • Theme
  • Shades of Meaning
  • Non-fiction texts - text features and predictions
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Descriptive language - similes, metaphors, imagery
  • Informational text - characteristics, purposes, and interpretation
  • The Research Process - choosing a question, using references to locate information, including appropriate visuals, and publishing the findings
  • Communication, including spoken communication and using technology to enhance communication

Math Curriculum   Back to top

Click here to see the Polk County third grade math curriculum.

The topics we will cover include:

  • Whole numbers through 999,999
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Representing Fractions
  • Fraction Equivalence
  • Perimeter
  • Linear Measurement
  • Time
  • Two-dimensional shapes
  • Transforming Polygons
  • Congruence and Symmetry
  • Patterns
  • Problem-Solving Using Patterns
  • Data Analysis (Charts and Graphs)
  • Getting Ready for 4th Grade- Number Values, Multiplication, and Division

Science Curriculum   Back to top

Click here to see the Polk County third grade science curriculum.

The topics we will cover include:

  • The Practice of Science
  • Properties of Matter
  • Health
  • Additional topics TBA

Writing Curriculum   Back to top

The writing curriculum is embedded into the reading curriculum.

The topics we will cover include:

  • The writing process, including planning, drafting, writing, editing, and publishing
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar, including nouns, verbs, pronouns, tenses
  • Expository, narrative, and persuasive writing
  • Poems and scripts
  • Writing directions
  • Making a map
  • Taking notes on a topic
  • Cursive
  • Writing friendly letters

Social Studies Curriculum   Back to top

Click here to see the Polk County third grade social studies curriculum.

The topics we will cover include:

  • Purpose of Government
  • Forming of Government
  • Levels of Government
  • Our Constitution
  • Citizenship
  • Understanding Maps and Globes
  • Using Maps and Globes
  • Primary and Secondary Sources of Information
  • Technology Resources for History
  • History Terms
  • Buyers and Sellers
  • Scarcity
  • Money
  • Identifying States and Regions
  • Important U.S. Landmarks
  • Investigating Different Regions of the U.S.
  • Understanding Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands
  • Stranger Danger 
  • Home and Outside Safety
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