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3rd Grade


Third graders will increase their ability to critically think and strategically employ a variety of strategies to complete all tasks.


3rd grade is an especially important time in your child’s education. 3rd Grade students are transitioning from lower grades to upper grades. This is a crucial period in 3rd grade students learning as they become more independent and mature learners. We made a goal for 3rd grade and organized what your child will learn into each subject area.




English Language Arts

Literature: Third Graders are no longer learning to read; now they’re reading

to learn. They are reading longer books with chapters and using more complex reading strategies. Here are some of the skills will we work on throughout the year:

Character Traits

Cause and Effect

Text Features


Main Idea

Point of View

Context Clues

Figurative Language


Compare/Contrast between two texts from the same author

Spelling: The focus of spelling instruction is to guide third graders to become increasingly accurate and resourceful spellers.

Writing: Third Graders will take the foundational skills they’ve learned thus far and apply them. During the third-grade year the students should be able to do the following.

The Writing Process

Making complete sentences (Capital letter, complete thought, end mark)

Write an Opinion piece

Write an Informative piece

Write a Personal Narrative piece


Third Grade Students at Turner Intermediate will use Eureka MathEureka Math is meticulously coherent, with an intense focus on key concepts that layer over time, creating enduring knowledge. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills.



Third Grade expects students to come into 3rd grade knowing their addition and subtraction fact families. We will learn numerous skills and have them listed below:



Addition/Subtraction 3-digit problems within 1,000

Telling time

Elapsed time


Real World Problems including all operations

Area and Perimeter



Money: making change within $5.00


Students learn to identify the properties of plants and animals and group organisms based on their properties. Students investigate the structure functions and how they relate to growth and survival.

Students explore the properties of water, the water cycle, weather, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water as a natural resource.

Students explore the life cycle of an animal and identify the characteristics they inherit from their parents.

Students engage in hands-on learning through scientific inquiry investigations, using FOSS kits.

Social Studies

Students will learn the following to enhance their understanding of the past, the government, and the world around them.


Define the principles, documents, and ideals of the United States Government.

Identify rights and responsibilities of Citizenship.

Identify the role of the United State Government.

Learn about other regions, culture, and physical characteristics.

Learn about PA History.

Read and understand a map using longitude and latitude.

Identify goods, services, consumers, and producers in the local community