Last updated: 5/5/2015

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Curriculum Map: 3rd Grade November/December

Subject/Grade Level/Unit Title:

Third Grade

Timeframe Needed for Completion/Grading Period:


Big Idea/Themes/Understandings:


Multiplication Facts:  Use Known Facts

Meaning of Division

Division Facts

Essential Questions: Social Studies
  • What geographic tools and vocabulary can we use to locate and describe world communities?
  • What geographic factors influence where people settle and form communities?
  • How do people adapt and modify their environments to meet their needs?
  • How do communities share cultural similarities and differences across the world?
Essential Questions: Science


Investigation 2 - Fact of the Matter

  • States of Matter    

           What characteristics define the three states of matter?

  • A Matter of Volume

             How can you measure liquid volume accurately?

  • Weighty Matters

             How can you measure mass accurately?

  • Soaking Sponges

             How much water can a dry sponge soak up?

  • Weighing Objects Outdoors

             Can small objects have more mass than large objects?


  • "States of Matter"
  • "Water Everywhere"
  • "The Metric System"
  • "Opinion and Evidence"


  • balance
  • balance base
  • balance beam
  • beaker
  • capacity
  • data
  • evidence
  • fulcrum
  • gas
  • graduated cylinder
  • gram
  • kilogram
  • liquid
  • liter
  • mass
  • matter
  • milliliter
  • observation
  • opinion
  • pointer
  • property
  • shape
  • solid
  • state
  • syringe
  • volume



  • Part 1 - Embedded Assessment --

            Science Notebook Entry

  • Part 2 - Embedded Assessment -

             Response Sheet

  • Part 3 - Embedded Assessment -

            Science Notebook Entry

  • Part 4 - Embedded Assessment

            Scientific Practices

  • Benchmark Assessment

            Investigation   2 - Check

 Unit 2 - Water


Investigation 1 - Water Observations 

  • Drops of Water -  What happens when water falls on different surfaces?
  • Surface Tension - How many drops of water can you put on a penny?
  • Water on a Slope - How does water move on a slope?
  • Water in Nature - What happens outdoors when water falls on natural materials?


  • "A Report From the Blue Planet"
  • "Surface Tension"
  • "Which Way Does It Go?"


  • Absorb
  • Bead
  • Bead Up
  • Direction
  • Dome
  • Earth Material
  • Gravity
  • Move
  • Natural Material
  • Relationship
  • Repel
  • Slope
  • Surface
  • Surface Tension
  • Water Proof           


Part 1 -


  • Benchmark Assessment - Survey
  • Embedded Assessmentn - Science Notebook Entry


Part 2 -


  • Embedded Assessment - Response Sheet


Part 3 -

  • Embedded Assessment - Scientific Practices


Part 4

  • Benchmark Assessment - Investigation 1 - l Check


Investigation 2 - Hot Water Cold Water


  •  Build A Thermometer - What happens to water when it gets hot? cold?
  • Sinking and Floating Water - What happens when hot or cold water is put into room-temperature water?
  • Water is Ice -  How does water change when it gets really cold?
  • Ice Outdoors - Where should an animal go to stay warm or to stay cool? 



  • " Water : Hot and Cold"
  • "Ice is Everywhere"



  • Contract
  • Expand
  • Float
  • Freeze
  • Less Dense
  • Liquid
  • Mass
  • Melt
  • More Dense
  • Sink
  • Solid
  • State
  • Temperature
  • Thermometer
  • Volume


Part 1

  • Embedded Assessment -Science Notebook Entry

Part 2

  • Embedded Assessment - Science Notebook Entry

Part 3

  • Embedded Assessment - Response Sheet

Part 4

  • Benchmark Assessment - Investigation 2  l-Check










Essential Questions: Language Arts

Module 1 - Unit 3

How do people around the world accesses reading and books?

How does reading give us power?

  • People overcome great challenges in order to access books.
  • Readers can learn about different cultures (people and places) through a variety of texts.


That Book Woman

Waiting for Biblioburro

Rain School

Nasreen's Secret School

My Librarian is a Camel

Essential Questions: Mathematics

Topic 6:  Multiplication Facts: Use Known Facts

How can unknown multiplication facts be found using known facts?

  • The Distributive Property
  • 3 as a Factor
  • 4 as Factor
  • 6 and 7 as Factors
  • 8 as a Factor
  • Multiplication with 3 Factors
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Multiplying to Find Combinations

Math Vocabulary

  • Distributive Property
  • Associative (Grouping) Property of Multiplication


Topic 7: Meanings of Division

What are different meanings of division?

How is division related to other operations?

  • Division is Sharing
  • Division is Repeated Subtraction
  • Finding Missing Numbers in a Multiplication Table
  • Problem Solving: Choose an Appropriate Equation
  • Writing Division Stories
  • Problem Solving: Use Objects and Draw a Picture


Math Vocabulary

  • Division

Topic 8:  Division Facts

How can an unknown division fact be found by thinking of a related multiplication fact?

  • Relating Muliplication and Division
  • Fact Families with 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Fact Families with 6 and 7
  • Fact Families and 8 and 9
  • Problem Solving:  Multiple-Step Problems
  • Making Sense of Multiplication and Division Equations
  • Dividing with 0 and 1
  • Multiplication and Division Facts
  • Problem Solving: Draw a Picture and Write a Number Sentence


Math Vocabulary

  • Dividend
  • Divisor
  • Quotient



Social Studies:

Geographic regions have unifying characteristics and can be studied using a variety of tools.

The location of world communities can be described using geographic tools and vocabulary.

Geographic factors often influence where people settle and form communities. People adapt to and modify their environment in different ways to meet their needs.

Communities share cultural similarities and differences across the world.


Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

Use appropriate scientific tools, such as metric rulers, spring scale, pan balance, graph paper, thermometers [Fahrenheit and Celsius], graduated cylinder to solve problems about the natural world

Observe and discuss objects and events and record observations

Articulate appropriate questions based on observations

Identify similarities and differences between explanations received from others or in print and personal observations or understandings

Clearly express a tentative explanation or description which can be tested

Use appropriate "inquiry and process skills" to collect data

Record observations accurately and concisely

Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques

Design and conduct an experiment to test a hypothesis

Use appropriate tools and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including:
  • measuring
  • observing
  • describing
  • classifying
  • sequencing

Include appropriate safety procedures

Design a simple controlled experiment

Language Arts: Reading

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

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).

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.

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Language Arts: Writing

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Create and present a poem, narrative, play, art work, or personal response to a particular author or theme studied in class.

Language Arts: Speaking and Listening
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Language Arts: Language

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality
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Mathematics: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 / 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 / 8.

Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 * ? = 48, 5 = 􀃍 / 3, 6 * 6 = ?.

Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.2 Examples: If 6 * 4 = 24 is known, then 4 * 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 * 5 * 2 can be found by 3 * 5 = 15, then 15 * 2 = 30, or by 5 * 2 = 10, then 3 * 10 = 30. (Associative property of multiplication.) Knowing that 8 * 5 = 40 and 8 * 2 = 16, one can find 8 * 7 as 8 * (5 + 2) = (8 * 5) + (8 * 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.)

Understand division as an unknown-factor problem. For example, find 32 / 8 by finding the number that makes 32 when multiplied by 8.

Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 * 5 = 40, one knows 40 / 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.

Mathematics: Number and Operations and Base Ten
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Mathematics: Measurement and Data

Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with whole-number side lengths a and b + c is the sum of a * b and a * c. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning.

Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.

Mathematics: Geometry
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Essential Skills and Vocabulary:

Lesson 7:  "The Wreck of the Zephyr"

  • anchor
  • ominous
  • blustery
  • astonished
  • treacherous
  • defiant
  • strive


Lesson 8: "Big Bushy Mustache"

  • victory
  • smear
  • creation
  • disguise
  • admire
  • resemble
  • pretend


Lesson 9: "Brer Rabbit The Great Tug-o-War"

  • heave
  • bout
  • horizon
  • dawdle
  • sprawl
  • defeat
  • obvious


Lesson 10: "Horrible Harry and the Brownie Revenge"

  • spiral
  • ceremony
  • abrupt
  • stale
  • persuade
  • disgust
  • deceive

Lesson 11: "The Astronaut and the Onion"

  • display
  • paralyzed
  • warp
  • tilt
  • orbit
  • achieve
  • coincidence



Unit 4 - Week 2

  • review spelling rules

Unit 11 - Week 1

  • teaching contractions for 'not' and 'is'

Unit 11 - Week 2

  • contractions for are, would, have, had and will

Unit 5 - Week 1

  • teaching schwa

Unit 5 - Week 2 

  • teaching 'et'  spelling at the end of the word

Unit 6 - Week 1

  • Open syllables and y as a vowel, soft 'c' and soft 'g'



Assessment Tasks:


Topic 6 - 8 Assessments

Weekly Topic Quizzes


Regional Math Benchmark


New York State Module 1 Assessments

  • On Demand Paragraph Writing
  • Close Reading Recording Form
  • Comprehension Questions
  • End of Unit 1 Assessment: Close Reading and Powerful Note Taking




  • Weekly Assessments




  • Weekly Assessments



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