Grade 3

Our Third Grade TeachersClassroom
Mrs. Melanie LopezC – 2
Mrs. Allison EbertC – 3
Ms. Olivia PorrielloC – 1
Mrs. Kelly PerkinsC – 4

Curriculum Overview for Grade 3*

English Language Arts

Frequent practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening continues in grade 3. Through readers’ and writers’ workshop, each student engages in reading literature and informational text; in writing narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion pieces; in speaking to convey his or her own ideas clearly; and in listening to understand the ideas of others.

Grade 3 English Language Arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Use strategies to identify and understand unfamiliar words
  • Use active reading comprehension skills/strategies with a variety of texts
  • Support thinking with evidence from text that is read, both orally and in writing
  • Read orally with accuracy, expression, and appropriate pace
  • Demonstrate effort in reading
  • Express written ideas clearly with supporting relevant details in narrative, informational, and opinion genres
  • Connect written ideas with appropriate arrangement, using transitional words as needed
  • Use purposeful vocabulary with audience in mind
  • Vary sentence length and sentence structure, applying transitional phrases
  • Apply rules of grammar and punctuation accurately
  • Apply spelling strategies in written work
  • Demonstrate effort in writing


In grade 3, students extend their mathematical understanding into multiplication and division; by the end of the year, students are expected to know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers. Multiplication, division, and fractions are the foundation not only for many life skills, but also for algebra and later advanced mathematics.

Grade 3 Mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Understand and explain what it means to multiply or divide numbers
  • Fluently multiply and divide numbers within 100 and add and subtract numbers within 1,000
  • Understand place value in multi-digit numbers and use properties of operations to solve problems
  • Understand fractions as numbers
  • Identify a fraction as a number on a number line
  • Compare the size of two fractions
  • Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions
  • Understand the concept of area
  • Relate the measurement of area to multiplication and addition
  • Tell time to the nearest minute and solve word problems involving the addition and subtraction of minutes
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Persevere and maintain focus during math learning


Grade 3 students investigate and extend their knowledge in science as they learn through inquiry-based instruction on topics of life and earth sciences, as well as science safety guidelines. Students demonstrate their understanding of science concepts and key vocabulary, make reasonable predictions, record accurate observations, and use their science notebooks to present information in words and drawings.

Grade 3 Science curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student to:

  • Explore the topics of animal adaptations, ecosystems, and the impact of temperature or other outside factors
  • Research, design, and build birdfeeders
  • Understand the interdependence of skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of the human body
  • Learn how rocks and minerals cycle through earth

Social Studies

Grade 3 Social Studies curriculum, instruction, and assessment build on students’ understanding of the Town of Trumbull to help each student:

  • Compare the history and geography of the Town of Trumbull with at least one other town in the United States and at least two towns or regions in other parts of the world
  • Develop an understanding of how the economy of the United States has developed through farming, industry, and transportation
  • Exhibit competency in relevant literacy, inquiry, and research skills

Library Media

Grade 3 Library Media curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Explore a variety of appropriate literary genres, become familiar with basic reference materials, and use the note-taking process by scanning resources for specific information
  • Create a research document based on organized notes, a simple citation, and research from a student-friendly search engine


Grade 3 Music curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Develop and extend rhythm patterns using Orff instruments, reinforcing both aural and visual phrases
  • Develop an understanding of accompaniment by
    singing in rounds and harmony

Physical Education

Grade 3 Physical Education curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply motor skill performance in team and individual lifetime activities
  • Develop a health-enhancing level of physical fitness

Visual Arts

Grade 3 Visual Arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment help each student learn to:

  • Experiment with drawing, color theory, design, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional work, textiles, and art history/aesthetics

*Copied from the Trumbull Public School’s District’s K-5 Curriculum Brochure