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3rd Grade Curriculum Concepts

Communication Arts


Reading Process

  • Read grade-level instructional text with fluency, accuracy, and expression
  • Develop grade-level vocabulary by using base words, context clues, glossaries and dictionaries
  • Apply comprehension strategies before, during and after reading
  • Compare and contrast fiction and non-fiction text ideas
  • Make connections between text, self, and world

Reading Fiction, Poetry, and drama

  • Recognize the text features of fiction, poetry, and drama in grade level text
  • Explain examples of sensory details and figurative language within the context of poetry and prose
  • Make inferences and predictions using details from the text
  • Identify narrator, cause and effect and author’s purpose from events in the beginning, middle and end

Reading Non-fiction

  • Interpret key information in features such as graphs, charts, diagrams and captions to answer questions
  • Use details from text to answer questions, retell main idea and details, draw conclusions, compare and contrast and identify author’s purpose for writing text
  • Read and follow two and three step direction t complete a simple task


Writing Process

  • Follow a writing process using a graphic organizer in pre-writing, to generate a draft, edit and proofread and independently publish writing
  • Demonstrate grade level appropriate knowledge of the district writing program

Writing Conventions

  • Use grade level appropriate capitalization and punctuation
  • Use verbs and adverbs correctly
  • Use spelling of priority words, simple compounds, homophones, contractions and words with affixes
  • Write complete declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences

Forms of Writing

  • Write narrative text that contains beginning, middle and end with relevant details that develop the main idea
  • Write a narrative text that uses precise and descriptive language
  • Identify important information in written text to complete an organizer
  • Write expository text with a main idea (topic sentence), three or more supporting details and a concluding sentence
  • Write informational reports, diary/journal entries, and friendly letters that address an intended audience and purpose.