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Room 3, Third Grade

Welcome to Room 3's website.  Here you can find monthly curriculum updates, a calendar of events, login links to online programs, math websites, and a copy of our reading log.  

January Updates

Math Workshop:  This month we will start off with figuring out elapsed time. Then we will review different types of graphs - bar, line plots, pie charts. Students will take data and determine the appropriate way to represent it. Students will also analyze graphs and interpret data. By the end of the month we will start addition and subtraction.  We will review second grade concepts and learn additional methods for adding and subtracting up to the thousands.


Reading Workshop:  We continue to read articles and information books and will start biographies. Comprehension focuses on identifying the main idea and supporting details and being able to think about the author's purpose.


Writing Workshop:  This month we begin a favorite unit: The Art of Opinion Writing. In this unit students will take a stand on a cause. We will write a class opinion piece on a topic of our choice. Then students will collaborate in cause groups to research and make a case for important causes.


Social Studies:  This month we will embark on a unit about symbols and citizenship. Students will study American symbols and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen.

Third Grade Models of Instruction

Reader's Workshop: In the workshop method each lesson begins with a mini-lesson that has the teacher modeling and teaching a reading strategy. Students then participate in guided practice and work towards independence. Following the mini-lesson, students read a book of their choice or participate in a book club where all members read the same text. Students engage in discussions and record their thinking on post-its and other graphic organizers. Each lesson wraps up with sharing. This allows for discussion across books and sharing of learning. An important part of Reading Workshop is keeping a Reading Log. Students record in school and at home daily. Each month students analyze their Reading Log to notice habits and set goals.


Writer's Workshop: The structure of the workshop is similar to reading: a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and sharing. Lessons focus on many aspects of writing: brainstorming, developing ideas and details, structure and organization, author's craft, grammar, conventions, and more.


Math Workshop: Math instruction follows a similar format. A lesson begins with modeling of a skill or strategy followed by guided practice and independent practice. Students are challenged to explain their thinking using both words, numbers, and pictures. Students participate in number talks, math games, and 3-Act Tasks.


Science: Students benefit from hands-on interactive instruction with the classroom teacher and science specialist. They will visit the science lab weekly for experiments and science literacy. The science curriculum is focused on the recently-adopted Next Generation Science Standards.


Social Studies: Students learn social studies content through literature, artifacts, and simulations. Students use technology to research topics and produce projects that demonstrate their learning and understanding. Field trips to local sites provide a context for learning and meaningful experiences for students.

Curriculum Scope and Sequence


Time Frame

Reading Units of Study

Writing Units of Study

SS/Science Units of Study







Building a Reading Life

Crafting True Stories

Lafayette History




Mystery Book Clubs





Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures

The Art of Information Writing

Pilgrims & Squanto


Food Chains




Character Studies

Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Letters, and  Petitions

Symbols & Government


Weather & Forces



Research Clubs: Elephants, Penguins, and Frogs, Oh My!

The Art of Information Writing



Water Day













Once Upon a Time:  Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

Black Diamond Mine Community






Math Sequence

Time Frame


August - First Week of September

Place Value/Rounding

Add/Sub - Fact Work

September - Mid October

Concept Building - Multiplication & Division

Mult 0-5, 9, 10

Mid October - November

Multiply & Divide with 6s, 7s, 8s

Multiply with Multiples of 10


Measurement, Time and Graphs

January - February

Multidigit Addition and Subtraction


Write Equations to Solve Word Problems

February - March

Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

March - April

Explore Fractions


Review for SBAC

May - June



Word Problems


Math Websites


Homework due every Thursday!

Reading Log and Book Bag goes to and from school each day!

Current Assignments



Special Events

August 31

Back to School Night

Sept 25 - Sept 29


(in afternoons)

Oct 11

Lafayette Walking Tour Field Trip

Oct 20

Oakland Zoo School Field Trip

Oct 31

Halloween Parade & Party

Dec 13 

Christmas Carol Field Trip

Dec 15

Winter Holiday Party

Feb 14

Valentine's Party

March 29

Water Day - ‘Field Trip’ at School


Jolts & Volts Lawrence Hall of Science Field Trip

May 18

Open House & Art Fair


Black Diamond Mines Field Trip

June 4

Apple Valley Day & End of Year Party

Raz Kids

Lexia Core 5