3rd Grade

Third grade is the year that kids are expected to be strong readers and the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn.  Students will be practicing to improve their fluency, or how fluidly they read.  In addition, the language arts will get more technical as the lessons will help them identify grammatical structures and provide strategies to improve comprehension.  Students will begin simple research activities based on standards based topics from science and social studies.  Science is very exciting for students at this grade.  Students will explore animals and how they adapt to their environment; the basic concepts behind energy and matter; and they'll learn about our solar system.  Social Studies gives you a chance to get out and explore your local area and learn at the same time as it focuses on the local history of the Santa Clarita Valley.  That means every hike, trip to Magic Mountain, or drive to soccer practice can be connected to this year's lessons.  Multiplication and division are one of the key skills to learn in third grade and memorizing their facts to 10 will pay off for years to come.  Fractions are introduced as well as a plethora of other new concepts. 

What Will the Students Learn?

Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of third grade.  For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.

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Language Arts: Reading/Oral Language
  • Decode regular multi-syllable words
  • Reads aloud fluently and accurately with expression
  • Uses knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, prefixes, suffixes and word content to determine the meaning of words
  • Uses a variety of strategies and skills to comprehend grade level text
  • Identifies main ideas and supporting details
  • Uses table of contents, glossaries, and indexes to locate information in text
  • Reads and identifies common forms of literature
  • Identifies and describes theme, plot, setting, characters, and point of view stories

Language Arts: Writing
  • Use complete and correct sentences in writing and speaking
  • Develop a paragraph using a topic sentence with supporting details
  • Writes a multi-paragraph story using details and description
  • Writes personal and formal letters using correct form
  • Understands how to use various reference materials
  • Use verb tense and subject verb agreement correctly in speaking and writing
  • Use correct punctuation, capitalization, and spelling

Mathematics:
  • Understand place value, rounding, and expanded notation to 10,000
  • Add and subtract whole numbers to 10,000
  • Memorize multiplication/division facts to 10
  • Multiplies multi-digit numbers by 1 digit numbers
  • Compares, adds, and subtracts simple fractions
  • Solves problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of numbers with decimals and money
  • Writes number sentences using appropriate symbols and operations to solve problems
  • Understands area and perimeter
  • Identifies, labels, and classifies two and three dimensional geometric shapes
  • Identifies probability of simple events
  • Determines and explains strategies involved in solving problems

Science:
  • Life Science - Plant and animal adaptations
  • Physical Science - Energy and matter
  • Earth Science - Earth, moon, sun and solar system
  • Understand scientific method
  • Understand science vocabulary and concepts

History/Social Science: Continuity and Change
  • Santa Clarita Valley History
  • Citizenship and government
  • Local economics
  • California geography