The third grade is a bridge between introductory skills taught in the primary grades and skills to be mastered in the intermediate grades. Some of the focal points of third grade are: 

    • In Math, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.
    • In English Language Arts, emphasis is on improving reading, writing, and listening skills

      Key Ideas and Details:

      Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
      Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
      Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

      Craft and Structure:

      Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
      Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
      Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

      Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
      (RL.3.8 not applicable to literature)
      Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

      Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    • In Science, third grade curriculum centers on the study of Forces in Physics, Global Climate, Adaptations and Survival and Life Cycles
    • In Social Studies, the emphasis is on map skills and comparing/contrasting various world cultures with life in the United States. This will be accomplished through activities and asking compelling questions such as: What factors influence the development of culture? How does geography affect where people live? Why and how do people adapt to and modify their environment? 

    Here is a great link for Common Core resources: Click here for engageny.