Third Grade Curriculum
- Read appropriate grade level text aloud with correct pace and expression.
- Read or demonstrate progress toward reading appropriate grade level text independently.
- Can read between 92-143 correct words per minute by the end of the year.
- Learn and use new vocabulary through listening, discussion or reading.
- Use knowledge of words to determine meaning (examples: homonyms, idioms, roots).
- Use a thesaurus to determine related words and concepts.
- Listen to, read and discuss a wide variety of narrative and informational text.
- Identify key facts and information on a topic after reading several articles or selections.
- Make and confirm predictions about a text.
- Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in an expository text.
- Read, listen and respond to a wide variety of literature from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.
- Compare and contrast various forms of literature (examples: fairytales, fables, myths).
- Identify the main events in the plot.
- Use knowledge of the setting and characters to interpret the character’s actions.
- Define figurative language.
- Understand author’s purpose.
- Write using the entire writing process (pre-write, rough draft, revise/edit, publish).
- Write essays and stories across the curriculum that are well organized, supported by details and description.
- Write a short informational text.
- Investigate topics of interest, selecting appropriate resources and showing correct use of resources.
- Write texts of different modes (narrative, expository, persuasive) and forms (journals, essays, short stories, poems, etc.) across the curriculum that are appropriate to audience and purpose.
- Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and penmanship across the curriculum.
- Use scoring guide to evaluate and revise writing.
Listening & Speaking
- Listen critically and respond appropriately to spoken messages and formal presentations.
- Orally communicate supported ideas across the curriculum using oral, visual and multi-media forms that are appropriate to audience and purpose.
- Deliver an oral message while demonstrating control of eye contact, volume, rate and expression.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and ideas presented across the curriculum.
- Use alphabetical and numerical order.
- Use table of contents, index, glossary, dictionary and thesaurus.
- Use print encyclopedias.
- Use charts, illustrations, graphs and diagrams.
- Understand how to search for items using the library catalog and locate library materials using call numbers.
- Locate information or research a topic using more than one source.
- Identify a story’s sequence of events.
- Identify cause and effect relationship.
- Make predictions based on clues.
- Reach logical conclusions.
- Distinguish between fact and opinion, fiction and nonfiction.
- Read and identify characteristics of a variety of genre.
- Identify where a selection may be located in the library.
- Read and identify classics and award winning books.
- Investigate an author’s background in order to understand an author’s motivation.
- Use the library for selecting recreational reading materials.
Understanding Mass Media
- Create a media work for a specific purpose.
- Listen/respond to Scripture.
- Actively participate in Liturgical and Sacramental celebrations.
- Participate and lead prayer services.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Liturgical Seasons and Celebrations.
- Articulate learning of doctrine and lessons learned.
- Ask/respond to questions about the Faith.
- Understand the meaning of having a good conscience and of making good moral choices.
- Experience and contribute to the building of community at home, in the classroom, in the parish and in the community.
- Actively participate in prayer experiences using a variety of formats.
- Engage in role-playing, poems, songs, etc. related to Scripture stories.
- Articulate a clear understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ.
- Understand the leadership roles of the Pope and Bishops of the Church.
- Know the Rite of Reconciliation and participate appropriately.
- Respond to scenarios of moral dilemmas using guidelines of Faith.
- Know the stories of the lives of the saints.
- Memorize the Ten Commandments and the Two Greatest Commandments. · Examine concept of stewardship in the church.
- Write own prayers.
- Observe created world to reinforce learning about God and personal relationship to Him.
- Frequent the sacraments.
- Know and recite prayers appropriate to grade level.
Calculations & Estimations
- Read, write, order, model and compare whole numbers to one million, common fractions and decimals to hundredths. · Locate common fractions and decimals on a number line.
- Determine factors of whole numbers to 100.
- Multiply a three digit number by a two digit number.
- Divide a three digit number by a two digit number with or without remainders.
- Add and subtract commonly used fractions with like denominators and decimals to hundredths.
Statistics & Probability
- Determine the median for a set of data.
- Determine probability of a single event.
- Understand that the probability of an event can be represented by a number from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain).
- Conduct experiments and simulations to determine experimental probability of different outcomes.
- Represent and interpret data.
- Describe, extend and make generalizations about patterns and sequences.
- Represent and solve open sentences or problems involving numeric equations or inequalities.
- Select and estimate, using the most appropriate tool and US customary unit to measure length, perimeter, area, weight and volume.
- Read temperature measurements of thermometers with Fahrenheit and Celsius units.
- Identify, describe, compare and classify quadrilaterals by their sides and angles.
- Identify right, acute and obtuse angles in isolation and in geometric figures.
- Model, sketch, draw and label points, lines, line segments, angles, rays, quadrilaterals and parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.
- Build three-dimensional objects and sketch two-dimensional representations of the object.
- Locate coordinates of points on graph paper, maps, globes and other charts.
- Predict and describe the results of performing reflections, rotations and translations of quadrilaterals.
Physical Science: understand matter and changes that happen in the physical world.
- Identify objects (solid, liquid, gas, air).
- Understand force (speed, direction, magnetism, gravity).
- Understand energy (sun, fossil fuels, hot, cold).
Life Science: understand organisms
- Diagram and label a life cycle.
- Describe the basic needs of living things.
Earth & Space Science: identify the structure of the Earth system.
- Identify the composition of rocks and soil.
- Understand recycling and its impact to the environment.
- Understand the effect of weather and natural disasters have on the earth’s surface.
- Describe Earth’s gravity, moon’s orbit and stars.
- Understand different qualities of astronomical features in the solar system.
- Make observations and predictions.
- Write some sequential steps.
- Write simple observations.
History & Nature of Science
- Understand that accurate descriptions help comparisons.
- Know that new observations may change explanations.
- Contrast observations and inferences.
- Ask questions and attempt answers about the world around you.
- Know the fields of science.
- Identify body systems and their functions (examples: digestive, nervous, excretory and immune).
- Identify possible safety hazards at home, school and around the community.
- List procedures for handling emergencies.
- Identify personal safety strategies for prevention of potentially violent situations.
Civics & Government
- Know the branches of state government.
- Understand how Oregon laws are made.
- Know how a treaty works.
- Know ways individuals participate in the democratic process (examples: voting, writing officials, signing petitions).
- Know the function of money (examples: trade, value of items, saving), distinguish between barter and use of money.
- Understand that prices rise and fall depending on supply and demand.
- Recognize that savings are the part of income not spent on goods, services, etc.
- Know state government provides services through taxation.
- Label continents of the world on a map.
- Map physical regions of Oregon.
- Locate Oregon land features on a map.
- Use latitude and longitude and estimate distances.
- Understand ways the environment influences human activities and how humans affect their environment.
- Identify how geographic factors have influenced Oregon settlement patterns, traveling routes.
- Create and interpret timelines of people, events and movements in U.S. history.
- Understand the cause and effect of early European exploration and western migration on Native American populations in Oregon.
- Identify different types of primary and secondary information sources.
- Describe social, political and economic changes in Oregon, past and present.
Social Science Analysis
- Research and compare different points of view on a specific topic or issue from a historical period.
- Compare possible consequences of two or more solutions for resolving a problem.
- Identify and use materials tools and techniques to create multistage art and understand the steps and sequences used.
- Identify different media forms and begin to select appropriate materials, tools and processes to communicate intended idea, experience or story.
- Develop a basic understanding of the elements and principles of design and begin to identify them in their work.
- Describe using appropriate technical terms, how different materials, techniques and processes cause different effects and responses.
- Continue to use art materials and tools in a safe, responsible manner.
- Reflect and communicate the effectiveness of their own art work verbally and in writing.
- Identify basic artistic elements and principles (using appropriate technical terms) which can be seen in art works.
- Identify and describes a variety of forms of art.
- Identify personal preference and their relationship to artistic elements (i.e. describe why they like or dislike a piece: “I like the way the artist shows speed with use of the line”
- Explain various purposes for creating works of visual art.
- Describe ways an art work reflects the artist’s experiences and/or culture.
- Compare several pieces of art from historical periods and cultures.
- Perform fitness elements and develop improvement goals.
- Participate and communicate a positive attitude toward physical activities.
- Practice consistent behavior of good sportsmanship.
- Demonstrate cooperation, respect, responsibility, safety and conflict resolution for self and others.