Grade 3 Compilation
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Grade 3 English Language Arts
Grade 3 students learn foundational reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills.
Grade 3 Math
In grade 3, students’ learning will 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.
Grade 3 History and Social Science
Drawing on information from local historic sites, historical societies, and museums, third graders learn about the history of Massachusetts from the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims. They also learn the history of their own cities and towns and about famous people and events in Massachusetts’ history.
Grade 3 Science & Technology/Engineering
In grade 3, students develop and sharpen their skills at obtaining, recording and charting, and analyzing data in order to study their environment. They use these practices to study the interactions between humans and earth systems, humans and the environment, and humans and the designed world. They learn that these entities not only interact but influence behaviors, reactions, and traits of organisms. Grade 3 students analyze weather patterns and consider humans’ influence and opportunity to impact weather-related events. In life science they study the interactions between and influence of the environment and human traits and characteristics. They use the engineering design process to identify a problem and design solutions that enhance humans’ interactions with their surroundings and to meet their needs. Students consider the interactions and consequent reactions between objects and forces, including forces that are balanced or not. Students reason and provide evidence to support arguments for the influence of humans on nature and nature on human experience.
Grade 3 Health
This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying and personal safety.
Grade 3 Physical Education
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Education Framework. The emphasis is on how students react and respond to others and perform welldefined combinations of movements. Students will learn to develop patterns and combinations of movements using locomotor and nonlocomotor skills. Students will continue to learn to manipulate objects with a partner (throwing, catching, striking, and kicking). Students will learn to analyze their performance in order to learn or improve a movement skill. Students will continue to learn fitness concepts and participate in a variety of fitness development exercises. Students will learn playground rules related to the use of equipment, safety and games. Units of instruction include social skills, fitness, movement education, and manipulative.
Grade 3 Music
Students will begin to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts to perform and critique their own work. Students will continue the practice of using traditional notation to perform vocal and instrumental works and continue learning their melodic instrument. Students will explore part work through simple two part songs, rounds and canons.
Grade 3 Art
Areas of study will include the introduction of horizontal line to depict the horizon in a drawing, geometric shapes as the basis for realistic drawings, portraiture through the use of a model, atmospheric perspective, modeling three-dimensional sculptures through the use of a variety of materials, the coil method of hand building in clay, drawing shapes and shadows, awareness of texture in nature and the man-made world.