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Third Grade Overview

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 Grade
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 American songs. 

 
The Visual Arts in Third Grade
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 Souzanne Wright.

 

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