Third Grade Learning Outcomes

Third Grade Math Outcomes


The Third Graders will strengthen their problem solving skills while working with a variety of mathematics problems. The students will communicate their math thinking through writing and oral explanations.


Number concepts will be explored while identifying place value, ordering, rounding, estimating, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers.


Concepts of geometry are enhanced when students sort, classify, and name various geometric shapes. Extending and developing patters will be emphasized.


The students will also measure length, weight, time, volume, and perimeter with appropriate tools.


Third Graders will count money and calculate change.


They will also make and interpret graphs and charts.

Third graders will work to remember the basic math facts: addition, subtraction, and multiplication. 

MATH EXPRESSIONS Curriculum Units That Match Standards

UNIT 1 Place Value and Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
-Adding and Subtraction Strategies
-Place Value
-Grouping to Add
-Multi-digit Addition and Addition Methods
-Ungrouping to Subtract
-Real World Problem Solving

UNIT 2 Lines, Line Segments, and Quadrilaterals
-Properties and Quadrilaterals
-Parallelograms, Rectangles, Squares, and Rhombuses
-Classify Quadrilaterals

UNIT 3 Addition and Subraction Word Problems
-Addition and Subraction Situations
-Word Problems with Unknown Partners
-Word Problems with Unknown Starts
-Comparison Problems
-Multi-Digit and Mixed Multi-Digit Math Stories

UNIT 4 Figures, Angles, and Triangles
-Symmetry and Congruence
-Label Figures and Draw Diagonals
-Angles and Triangles
-Angle Measures

UNIT 5 Use Addition and Subraction
-Round, Estimate, and Compare
-Use Money
-Complex Word Problems
-Pictographs, Bar Graphs, and Line Plots

UNIT 6 Patterns
-Motion Geometry Patterns
-Repeating Patterns
-Real World Problem Solving

UNIT 7 Multiplication and Division with 0-5, 9, and 10
-Multiply with 5
-Multiplication as Rpeated Groups
-Multiplication and Arrays
-The Meaning of Division
-Multiply and Divide with 2
-Multiply and Divide with 10
-Multiply and Divide with 9
-Multiply and Divide with 3
-Create and Solve Math Stories
-Multiply and Divide with 4
-Multiplication and Area
-Multiply and Divide with 1 and 0

UNIT 8 Area and Perimeter
-Explore Perimeter and Area
-Relate Area and Perimeter
-Formulas for Area and Perimeter

UNIT 9 Multiplication and Division with 6, 7, and 8 and Problem Solving
-Multiply and Divide with 6
-Solve Area Word Problems
-Multiply and Divide with 8
-Write Word Problems and Equations
-Multiply and Divide with 7
-Comparison Word Problems
-Solve Math Stories: Mixed, Multi-Step, and Complex

UNIT 10 Time
-Tell Time
-Elapsed Time
-Clock Angles

UNIT 11 Exploring Fractions, Decimals, Probability, and Division with Remainders
-Fraction Concepts
-Use Fraction Concepts
-Equivalent Fractions
-Compare, Add, and Subtract Fractions, and Relate Fractions and Decimals
-Mixed Numbers and Division with Remainders

UNIT 12 Three-Diminsional Figures
-Properties of Three Dimensional Figures
-Prisms, Cylinders, Pyramids, Cones, Circles, and Spheres

UNIT 13 Measurement
-Capacity, Weight, Mass, and Temperature

UNIT 14 Directions and Locations
-Name and Plot Points on Coordinate Grids

Third Grade Handwriting Outcomes


Students are responsible for:

Correctly and legibly writing letters and words in print and manuscript.


Third Grade Health Outcomes


Identifies and Share Feelings Appropriately  


Safety Practices:

Bus Safety

Fire Safety

Water Safety

Pedestrian/Automobile Safety

Poison Safety

Stranger Safety


Learn and Practice Basic First Aid:

Treatment of Simple Injuries

Prevention of Simple Injuries

Emergency Phone Calls


Maintain a healthy life style

General Health


Third Grade Social Studies Outcomes


Geography understandings

Name and locate…directions, oceans, continents, various landforms and habitats

Use geographical tools (maps, globes, etc.)

Learn how people affect their environment


Weather-Identify how temperature and precipitation affect people and the land


Citizenship and Government

Know government officials, their titles and roles

Learn how to become contributing citizen

Learn rules and laws that govern citizens

Contrast wants and needs of individuals


Community and Environment


What makes a community?

How are people alike and different now and in the past?

Recognize interdependence among people

Recognize the relationship between where a person live and their lifestyle


Third Grade Reading Outcomes

The third graders spend time reading at their reading level using Accelerated Reader library books.  They spend time reading alone, in pairs, in small groups and in large groups. Third graders also read selections in the Reading Street basal reader. This program is connected to the spelling and language lessons given within a six day cycle.

Vocabulary Words

Reads words with diphthongs

Reads one, two and three syllable words

Identifies root/base words and their affixes

Recognizes synonyms, antonyms, homophones

Reads Fluently with expression using compound words, and contractions



Applies context clues, identifies supporting details, main idea, topic sentence, tone and mood of characters, and identifies sequence of events.

Uses table of contents

Interprets graphs, charts, tables and data

Makes predictions, draws conclusions, compares, contrasts and summarizes ideas

Follows written step-by-step directions

Determines fact from fiction


Third Grade Spelling Outcomes


Students are responsible for:

Spelling Reading Street Core words – 8 to 20 new words will be assigned every seven days of school

Independently use a variety of spelling strategies and tools to spell correctly


Third Grade Science Outcomes


Knows that light travels in a straight line
Knows that light can be reflected, refracted, and absorbed

Knows how vibration affects pitch and volume. 

Habitats – rain forest, temperate forests, oceans, and deserts

Identifies how these habitats support animals and plant life

Learn how plants and animals grow and adapt in different habitats

Identifies how habitats are changed by plants and animals

Describe the structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction for plants and animals.

Knows that plants have different structures from animals that serve the same necessary functions in growth, survival and reproduction.  
Observes and differentiates between characteristics of organisms that are inherited and characteristics that are acquired.

Identifies similarities and differences between parent and offspring.

Solar System
Recognizes the difference between rotation and revolution and their connection to day, night, seasons and the year.
Identifies the planets in the solar system and their relative sizes, distances and basic characteristics.

Observes that the sun supplies heat and light to the Earth.

Knows that planets look like stars, but over time they move differently than stars.

Third Grade Writing Outcomes



Narrative Story


Multiple Step Directions

Compound Words

Friendly Letter

Personal Journal


Descriptive Paragraphs

Correctly Use Capitals, Periods, Commas, and Apostrophes




Organize Thoughts

Revise Rough Drafts



Identifies and Uses …

Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Common and Proper Nouns, Pronouns, and Subject-Verb Agreement, Forms Compound Words, and Identifies Four Types of Sentences



Speaks effectively using complete sentences.

Speaks effectively while giving an oral report.