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Third Grade

Third grade is the transitional year from looking at the world as simply themselves to realizing the world around them is defined by their the interaction between themselves and others. Students begin to see the connections between what they learn in school to life situations. The shift from learning to read to reading to learn is beginning.

Science
The science units in the third grade include Habitats, Plant Growth and Development, and Rocks and Minerals. Descriptions of each unit are provided below:

Habitats
Students investigate the needs of living things and how a habitat meets these needs. Students examine differences in physical features of habitats and consider how organisms adapt to survive.

Plant Growth and Development

Students plant and observe the growth of Wisconsin Fast Plants from seed to flower to seed. They also learn about bees and pollination.

Rocks and Minerals
Students explore simulated and real rocks and investigate the properties of and test minerals as a geologist would. They create their own guidebooks and use information to identify mystery minerals.

Literacy
In Grade 3, literacy instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

Reading Workshop: Students read a variety of self-selected and teacher-selected texts for extended periods. Students learn effective comprehension strategies that they apply to fiction and nonfiction text.

Writing Workshop: Following the Cambridge Public Schools Writing Curriculum, which is based on Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study, students write in a variety of genres. Each unit addresses particular standards that are directly related to the content, skills, and application of the unit.

Language and Word Study:
Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational text, and poetry. They investigate and study the meaning and structures of words and the conventions and forms of written language.

Math
In Grade 3, instructional time should focus on four critical areas:

  • developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100;
  • developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1);
  • developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and
  • describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.

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