Third Grade

Third Grade Virtual School Materials

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What Your Child Will Learn in Third Grade


  • Reviewing phonics skills, structural analysis, syllabication, irregular plurals, suffixes, prefixes, and possessives
  • Reinforcing skills using anthologies, and Smiling Hill Farm
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Making inferences
  • Differentiating between fact and opinion
  • Making generalizations
  • Predicting outcomes
  • Reading biographies of famous Americans, including explorers, presidents and humanitarian leaders, scientists, writers, and artists


  • Expanding long and short vowel sounds
  • Beginning and ending sounds
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Diphthongs
  • Combinations, blends, and digraphs
  • Plurals
  • Syllables

Spelling & Vocabulary

  • Reinforcing correct spelling through daily exercises and spelling strategies
  • Reviewing commonly misspelled words
  • Introducing cross-curricular words
  • Integrating spelling with phonics, vocabulary studies, reading, and writing


  • Developing organized writing skills; completing four lessons each week
  • Building skills in basic grammar, punctuation, correction, letter writing, and journaling


  • Comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000
  • Using number bonds to add and subtract up to three-digit numbers
  • Multiplying three-digit numbers by a single digit, with and without regrouping
  • Adding and subtracting dollars and cents
  • Using the customary and metric systems to measure length, mass, and capacity
  • Identifying parallel and perpendicular lines, and right angles


  • Introduction to life cycles of organisms
  • Force and motion
  • Matter as a solid, liquid, and gas
  • Heat and light
  • The solar system
  • Erosion and natural resources
  • Animal ecosystems
  • Health and nutrition


Lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tools integrated with the curriculum:

  • Developing keyboarding, touch typing, and word processing skills
  • Spreadsheet basics
  • Graphing in spreadsheets
  • E-mail and Internet use
  • Database searches
  • Visual mapping
  • Introduction to presentation software
  • Internet activities integrated with Reading and Science texts


  • Memorizing
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Writing original cinquains and haikus


Understanding myths and legends of Greece as foundation for literature appreciation

Social Studies

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  • Studying world and U.S. communities
  • Learning about kinds of communities: rural, suburban, urban
  • Moving to new communities and learning new customs
  • The meaning of good citizenship
  • Core values of freedom and roles as future guardians of America’s freedoms


Strengthening map skills:

  • Understanding symbols
  • Graphs and grids
  • Longitude; latitude
  • Directions
  • Natural resources
  • U.S. map
  • Lakes and land boundaries
  • Geography themes: place, regions, movement, location, and human/environment interaction


Learning techniques in drawing, perspective, and color

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