3rd Grade


language arts
  • Reading

Use of reading strategies for word identification, comprehension and fluency of narrative and expository texts through shared and close readings

Retelling, summarizing, making inferences and connections

Identifying cause and effect, fact and opinion

Literary response and analysis of trade books

  • Writing

Adopting the Collins Writing Program

Writing process

Using graphic organizers

Descriptive paragraph

Personal narrative

Expository writing

  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics

Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives

Subject/verb agreement


Sentence structure

Word usage

  • Spelling

Correct spelling in daily writing and weekly assignments

Differentiated lists

  • Vocabulary

Words found in weekly reading assignments and trade books


  • Whole Number Operations

Addition/subtraction of numbers to 1,000

Represent and interpret data

Understand and use multiplication and division

  • Fractions

Understand fractions

Compare fractions 

  • Measurement and Geometry

Time, length, liquid volume and mass

Perimeter and area

2-dimensional shapes


Social Studies
  • Communities, near and far
  • Rules and laws in daily life
  • Local history
  • Basic structure of US Government
  • Map skills


  • Understanding the scientific processes and develop language concepts and vocabulary related to science
  • Sound: Explore, observe, and compare how sounds originate and travel
  • Ideas and Inventions:  Explore textures and patterns of materials through problem solving using rubbings, chromatography, carbon printing and mirror imagery
  • Participate in science fair


  • Past tense, possessive, prefixes, prepositions
  • Exposure to creative writing, paraphrasing, summarizing
  • Expand conversational Hebrew
  • Learning parts of speech: nouns, verbs; conjugating verbs.
  • Focus on writing from basic sentences to short stories.


  • Chumash: Bereshit—parshiot: Vayera to Vayetzeh
  • Parashat Hashavuah: Explore main story line in Hebrew


  • Modeh Ani with Reishit Chachma
  • Torah Torah
  • Ma Tovu
  • Adon Olam
  • Shema (first, second and third paragraph)
  • Ein K’Eloheinu
  • Birchot Hashachar
  • Aleinu
  • Yigdal
  • Birchot HaTorah
  • Boruch She’amar
  • Ashrei
  • Az Yashir
  • Yishtabach
  • Shemoneh Esrei


  • Relationships among human beings:

Generosity, compassion, patience, not speaking badly of others


  • Preparation for High Holidays
  • Asseret Yemei Tshuvah (ten days of repentance): Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur laws and services, shofar, tshuva, tefillah, five prohibitions of Yom Kippur
  • Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret: Sukkah, desert experience, the festival as it appears in the Chumash, mitzvot, names for  the holiday and their significance
  • Simchat Torah: Making a Sefer Torah, the sofer
  • Chanukah: Story in Hebrew, aspects of the miracle, the   chanukiah, Jewish life in the time of Chanukah
  • Purim: Focus on four mitzvot and celebration of Shushan Purim
  • Four Shabbatot between Purim and Pesach
  • Pesach: Yetziat Mitzraim (Exodus from Egypt), ten plagues, fifteen steps of seder and Hagadah
  • Shavuot: Names of holiday and significance, minhagim (customs)—eating dairy, tikkun leil Shavuot (studying Torah all night)