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Third Grade Curriculum Guidelines

Grade three is an integral year for firming up math and language concepts, as well as establishing a love of reading indeopendently. Here are the guidelines for curriculum for your third grade homeschooler. Keep in mind that these can always be adapted as needed, as some students will be ahead in math, but behind in reading, or vice versa.

Language Arts and Reading Curriculum Objectives:

Distinguish fact from opinion.

Use simple similes, metaphors and analogies to expand meaning.

Read various genres of literature using an interdisciplinary thematic approach.

Use a variety of strategies to read text including phonics, context clues and structural analysis.

Demonstrate comprehension of fiction, non-fiction and also poetry.

Identify the story elements- character development, setting, problem and solution.

Practice the writing process using rough draft, editing, final copy, etc.

Understand grammar usage, mechanics and spelling through the writing process.

Use journals for reading response and to explore personal feelings and events.

Use correct spelling for all published work.

Understand the use of reference materials, including dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.

Read and understand at least 15-25 grade-appropriate literature books.

Read literally, inferentially and critically.

*Some great grade appropriate books are Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Are We There Yet by Alison Lester, Dare to Dream by Carl Sommer, Judy Moody by Megan McDonald, and Stink by Megan McDonald.

Social Studies Curriculum Objectives:

Understand the effect history and geography have on the development of communities.

Develop map skills, along with geographical vocabulary

Recognize basic cultural differences in the United States and the world.

Compare and contrast daily life over time.

Understand the world through spatial concepts such as location, distance, direction, scale, region and movement.

Describe customs of people from different geographic, cultural and racial backgrounds.

Science Curriculum Objectives:
Recognize states of matter, their characteristics and how they change.

Develop an awareness and appreciation of the interdependency of organisms.

Identify the role of plants and animals in our ecosystem.

Demonstrate force in action and magnetism.

Develop an understanding of the systems of the body and nutrition.

Math Curriculum Guidelines:

Recognize and write numbers through the hundred thousands place.

Understand the properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Use objects to find fractional parts of the whole.

Multiply by one-, two- and three-digit numbers.

Measure and record in inches and centimeters.

Divide using one-digit divisor.

Create and interpret data, utilizing simple graphs and charts

Use appropriate tools to measure time, money, objects and distances.

Analyze the characteristics of solid and plane figures.

Estimate answers using mathematical reasoning.

Use a variety of problem solving strategies and the four basic operations to solve one-step as well as multi-step word problems.

Memorize the multiplication tables.

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