Third Grade Curriculum

Third Grade Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.


  • Apply word analysis skills when reading
  • Use knowledge homophones
  • Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms and antonyms
  • Use word reference resources including the glossary, dictionary and thesaurus
  • Discuss the meaning of words and develop vocabulary by listening and reading a variety of texts
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of fictional text and poetry
  • Compare and contrast characters, settings and events
  • Identify the authors purpose
  • Draw conclusions about text
  • Identify the problem and solution, main idea and supporting details
  • Understand and comprehend a variety of information from various sources


  • Will write legibly in cursive
  • Write for a variety of purposes
  • Identify the audience
  • Prewrite for strategies
  • Include details that elaborate the main idea
  • Revise writing for clarity
  • Use transition words to vary sentence structure
  • Use simple abbreviations
  • Use singular possessives, past and present tense and commas
  • Write a short report constructing questions about the topic
  • Identify the topics
  • Use available technology for reading and writing


  • Read and write six digit numerals and identify the place value and value of each digit
  • Round whole numbers 9,999 or less to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand
  • Recognize and use the inverse relationships between addition, subtraction and multiplication and division to complete basic fact sentences. Use relationships to solve problems
  • Name and write fractions including mixed numbers
  • Model fractions
  • Compare fractions having like and unlike denominators
  • Estimate solutions to solve single step and multistep problems involving the sum or difference of two whole numbers
  • Recall multiplication facts through the twelves table
  • Add and subtract proper fractions having like denominators of 12 or less
  • Estimate and use the U.S. Customary and metric units to measure
  • Standard measurement
  • Tell time to the nearest minute using analog and digital clocks
  • Identify equivalent periods of times including relationships
  • Read temperature to the nearest degree from a Celsius and a Fahrenheit thermometer
  • Identify describe, compare and contrast of plane and solid geometric figures
  • Identify and draw points on a line segment, rays, angles and lines
  • Identify and describe congruent and non-congruent plane figures
  • Probability and statistics


  • Demonstrate and understanding of scientific reasoning, logic and nature of science by planning and conductive investigations
  • Come up with hypotheses
  • Collect data gathered and chart it
  • Investigate and understand simple machines and their uses
  • Understand the purpose of function of simple machines and the types of simple machines
  • Understand that objects are made by materials that can be described by their physical properties
  • Understand that objects are made of one or more materials
  • Understand and investigate that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment such as: behavioral adaptations and physical adaptations
  • Understand and investigate living systems and the food chain
  • Understand and investigate major components of soil and its origin and the importance to plants and animals including humans
  • Understand and investigate basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature such as: patterns of natural events, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon and tides animal life cycles and plant life cycles
  • Investigate and understand the water cycle and its relation to life on earth
  • Understand and investigate different sources of energy

History and Social Studies

  • Explain the contributions of Ancient Greece and Rome and their influences on architecture, sports and government
  • Study the early West African empire of Mali by describing its oral tradition, government and economic development
  • Study the exploration of the Americas by the first explorers
  • Develop map skills
  • Be able to read and construct a map
  • Explain how the influences of other areas in the world used natural resources, human resources and capital resources in the production of goods and services
  • Wants and needs
  • Economic choice and opportunity cost
  • Understand the importance of government in the community, Virginia and the United States
  • Explain the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation of a republic form of government
  • Recognize that Americans are a people of diverse ethnic origins, customs and traditions, who are united by the basic principles of a republic government.

Good Citizenship

  • Make good decisions
  • Participate
  • Responsible
  • Understands rules and consequences
  • Respectable
  • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively