Third Grade

Grade 3 Math Curriculum Framework

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

  • Solve problems using multiplication by using numbers, arrays, drawings & symbols

  • Solve problems using division by using numbers arrays, drawings & symbols

  • Explain how multiplication and division are related (eg fact family)

  • Solve missing factor problems

  • Recall basic multiplication facts through 10

  • Divide numbers by 1-10

  • Solve two-step word problems using the four operations Identify arithmetic patterns

Numbers & Operations: Fractions

  • Show a fraction is part of a whole using a picture

  • Show a fraction on a number line by writing or drawing it

  • Express and compare equivalent fractions using pictures or numbers

Numbers & Operations: Base Ten

  • Round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100 without tools

  • Add numbers within 1000 without tools

  • Subtract numbers within 1000 without tools

  • Multiply single digit numbers by multiples of ten

Measurement & Data

  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute and solve related word problems

  • Measure and estimate volumes and masses of objects using grams, kilograms, and liters

  • Solve volume and mass related word problems

  • Create a picture graph or bar graph when given data

  • Solve one-step and two-step problems using data and graphs

  • Measure to the nearest ¼ and ½ inch

  • Measure area for squares and rectangles

  • Solve word problems related to perimeter


  • Draw 2-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, rhombuses)

  • List the differences between quadrilaterals and non-quadrilaterals

  • Break shapes into equal size parts and use fractions to describe the parts of the whole

Grade 3 Literacy Curriculum Framework


  • Make connections to the text (text to text, text to self, text to world)

  • Summarize the text Visualize while I read

  • Make predictions while I read

  • Ask questions to check for understanding

  • Make inferences while reading the text

  • Compare and contrast characters, settings, or events

Informational Text

  • Make connections to the text (text to text, text to self, text to world)

  • Summarize the text

  • Visualize while I read

  • Make predictions while I read

  • Ask questions to check for understanding

  • Make inferences while reading the text

  • Use what I know and give examples from the text to support an inference

  • Explain what happened, when it happened, and why

  • Use text features (graphs, captions, charts, pictures and headings)

Foundational Skills

  • Decode multi-syllable words

  • Read irregularly spelled words

  • Use prefixes, suffixes, roots and bases while I read

  • Read with expression

Speaking & Listening

  • Share my ideas and listen to others

  • Clearly present information to my classmates


  • Write an opinion essay with an introduction, supporting reasons, and a concluding statement

  • Write a narrative essay about real or imagined experiences using descriptive details, a clear sequence of events, and dialogue

  • Write an informational essay that includes an introduction, facts that develop the topic, linking words, and a conclusion with minimal support from the teacher

  • Plan, revise, and edit my writing


  • Can identify and use simple, compound, and complex sentences

  • Spells words correctly using resources

  • Correctly capitalizes and punctuates sentences

  • Uses commas correctly in addresses and with quotation marks in dialogue

  • Determines the meaning of unknown words using multiple strategies including affixes, root words, and context clues

Grade 3 Curriculum Resources

  • McGraw-Hill: My Math curriculum books and on-line

  • Third Grade Supplemental Fraction Book

  • Pearson: Good Habits, Great Readers leveled readers

  • Scholastic: StoryWorks Jr.

  • No Excuse Words chart

  • Guided Reading Library of leveled student texts

  • Online Resources:

Shurley English and Grammar

IXL Language Arts

IXL Math

Xtra Math

Grade 3 Instructional Practices

  • Daily 5/CAFE literacy framework (Shared, guided, one-on-one)

  • Use of Leveled books matched to readers

  • Technology: class projector and student Chromebooks

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids Going Into Fourth Grade


  • Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, A Message from Chief Seattle by Susan Jeffers
  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Poppy by Avi
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Series Books

  • I Survived (series) by Lauren Tarshis
  • Origami Yoda (series) by Tom Angleberger
  • Judy Moody (series) by Megan McDonald
  • Geronimo Stilton (series) by Geronimo Stilton
  • A Baseball Card Adventure (series) by Dan Gutman
  • Matt Christopher (sports series) by Matthew Christopher


  • Who Would Win (series) by Jerry Pallotta
  • Scholastic True or False (series) by Melvin and Gilda Berger
  • Scholastic Who Was____? (biography series) by various authors
  • Any other nonfiction books at your child’s level are great for summer reading