Language Arts in Third Grade
Comprehension will continue to be developed in third grade. Reading selections in third grade expose
students to literature. Selections focus
on short stories and the informational, realistic fiction, fairy tales, legends, and myth genres.
World History and Geography in Third Grade
Third grade students expand their study of the Mediterranean region to learn
about areas that helped develop the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. This will move into a general study of Viking
history, early exploration of North America, and the thirteen colonies.
Mathematics in Third
Math in third grade is an important year.
Studies are built on the foundation of the students’ memorization of
addition and subtraction facts. In
third, grade students acquire the important skill of memorizing multiplication
tables. They will also examine numbers and number sense, fractions and
decimals, money, measurement and geometry.
Science in Third Grade
The study of animals and habitats will expand in third grade as they learn to
identify and categorize animal species.
Other areas include: light
and optics, sound, ecology, astronomy, and the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems.
Music in Third Grade
Music in third grade continues with active practice through singing and the introduction of orchestra
instruments. This year they will explore
three new composers (Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and Copland) and learn traditional
The Visual Arts in Third
The visual arts in third grade center on the ideas of light, space, and design. These areas are studied through
the historical topics focused on in third grade: Native American art and the art of ancient
Rome and Byzantine.
*This and additional information on the third grade curriculum
can be found in What Every Third Grader Needs to Know edited by E.D.
Hirsch Jr and the Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook edited by E. D. Hirsch and