Third Grade

Language Arts

Harcourt Trophies language arts program provides direct instruction in phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Students also have daily time to read independently at their own level. In addition to the Harcourt materials, students may also read Junior Great Books, historical fiction, FOSS Science stories, and other theme novels.

Writing instruction will include lessons and practice in spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, and cursive handwriting (Zaner-Bloser). Students will apply these writing skills to sentence, paragraph, and essay structure. They will also learn information skills and apply them in writing research papers.

Social Studies

Students will develop an awareness of their place in time and space through the following subject matter. Geography and map skills will be taught in conjunctions with each of these units.

  • Urban, Suburban, and Rural
  • Chicago
  • Introduction to Government

Third-graders begin to add and subtract larger numbers, as well as explore the concepts of multiplication and division. They also extend their understanding of units of measurement, primarily focusing on the metric system. Students will engage in classification and comparison of geometric shapes and explore the concept of area. They will also learn to communicate data using graphs, charts and tables.


Hands-on experiments will reinforce the steps of the scientific method as the students explore various topic of:

  • Life Science: The Structures of Life
  • Earth Science: Earth's Materials
  • Physical Science: The Physics of Sound
Information Literacy and Technology

Students will learn how to use technology to research and present information.

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