Last updated: 5/5/2015

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Curriculum Map: 3rd Grade January/February

Subject/Grade Level/Unit Title:

Third Grade

Timeframe Needed for Completion/Grading Period:


Big Idea/Themes/Understandings:


Understanding Fractions

Fraction Comparision and Equivalence

Two-Dimentional Shapes and Their Attributes


Essential Questions: Social Studies

Module 2B -  Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others

  • What defines culture?
  • How can I use text features to learn new information about world communities?
  • What geographic tools and vocabulary can we use to describe the location of world communities?
  • What geographic factors influence where people settle and form communities?
  • What is the unique history of a community or culture?
  • How are communities similar and different around the world?
  • How do communities from around the world interact with other people and communities and exchange cultural ideas and practices?
Essential Questions: Science

Measuring Temperature

           How can you measure temperature accurately?

  • Melting and Freezing

           What happens when you heat solid materials?

           What happens when you cool liquid materials?

  • Evaporation and Condensation 

             What happens when you heat liquids?

              What happens when you cool gases?

  •   Heating Earth Materials

  How does the Sun's energy affect the temperature of solids, liquids,

  and gases?


  • " Vacation Aggravation"
  • "Celcius and Fahrenheit"
  • "Melt and Freeze"
  • "Liquid and Gas Changes"
  • "The Water Cycle"


  • bulb
  • change
  • cold
  • condensation
  • cooling
  • degree celsius
  • earth material
  • evaporation
  • freezing
  • heating
  • hot
  • melting
  • phase change
  • temperature
  • thermometer
  • water vapor


  • 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 3  l - Check


Investigation 4 - Mixtures

  • Mixing Solids

             What happens when you mix two solid materials?

  • Mixing Solids and Liquids

            What happens when you mix solid and liquid materials?

  • Reactions

            What happens when you mix solid and liquid materials?

  • Metric Field Day

             How can we design a metric field day?



"Mixtures of Solids"

"Solids and Liquids"


"Careers You Can Count On"



  • baking soda
  • calcium carbonate
  • carbon dioxide
  • chalk
  • chemical reaction
  • cloudy
  • dissolve
  • float
  • magnet
  • mixture
  • salt
  • screen
  • separate
  • sink
  • solution
  • suspend
  • transparent
  • vinegar


  • Part 1 - Embedded Assessment

                          Science Notebook Entry

  • Part 2 - Embedded Assessment

                          Scientific Practices

  • Part 3 - Embedded Assessment

                          Science Notebook Entry

  • Part 4 -  Benchmark Assessment               


Unit 2 : Water

Investigation 3: Water Vapor


  • Evaporation:  What happens to wet paper towels overnight?
  • Evaporation Locations:  What affects how fast water evaporates?
  • Surface Area:  How does surface area affect evaporation?
  • Condensation:  What causes moisture to form on the side of a cup?
  • Water Detectives:  Where can you find hidden water in our schoolyard?



  • condensation
  • evaporation
  • gas
  • surface area
  • water cycle
  • water vapor




  • "Drying Up"
  • "Surface-Area Experiment"
  • "The Water Cycle"



Part 1


  • Embedded Assessment:  Science Notebook Entry


Part 2


  • Embedded Assessment:  Response sheet


Part 3


  • Embedded Assessment: Scientific Practices


Part 4


  • Embedded Assessment: Science Notebook Entry


Part 5


  • Benchmark Assessment:  Investigation 3 l - Check


 Investigation 4: Waterworks

  • Water In Earth Materials - What happens when water is mixed with earth materials?


  • Water Wheel - Does water have the power to do work?
  • Water In Soil - Do all soils drain water at the same rate?




  • "Water: A Vital Resource"
  • "Natural Resources"
  • "The Power of Water"
  • "Ellen Swallows Richards: An Early Ecologist"
  • " Solar Disinfection System"




  • Blade
  • Drainage
  • Gravel
  • Humus
  • Natural Resource
  • Nonrenewable resource
  • Renewable Resource
  • Retain
  • Shaft
  • Soil
  • Water retention
  • Waterwheel



 Part 1 - Embedded Assessment - Response Sheet

Part 2 - Embedded Assessment - Scientific Practices

Part 3 - Benchmark Assessment - Posttest









Essential Questions: Language Arts

Module 2 - Unit 1 - Researching to Build Knowledge and Teach Others

Topic: Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs

  • Building background knowledge on bullfrogs
  • Close reading of informational text Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle
  • Asking and answering questions using a complex text
  • Close Reading:  Building expertise about Bullfrogs
  • Using text features to locate information
  • Comparing texts on the same topic


Bullgrog at Magnolia Circle

Everything you Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures

Module 2 - Unit 2- Case Study: Rearching Freaky Frogs

  • Research on specific freaky frog
  • Select a specific freaky frog to research in a small group
  • Set up research systems and structures
  • Use a variety of research materials
  • Close reading of freaky frog anchor text in small group
  • Synthesizing research
  • Continued research
  • Discussions comparing and contrasting unusual frogs with bullfrogs


Same as above

Essential Questions: Mathematics

Topic 9: Understanding Fractions

What are different interpretations of a fraction?

  • Dividing Regions into Equal Parts
  • Fractions and Regions
  • Fractions and Sets
  • Fractional Parts of a Set
  • Locating Fractions on the Number Line
  • Benchmark Fractions
  • Fractions and Length
  • Problem Solving:  Make a Table and Look for a Pattern


Math Vocabulary

  • halves
  • thirds
  • fourths
  • fifths
  • sixths
  • eights
  • tenths
  • twelfths
  • fraction
  • unit fraction
  • numerator
  • denominator
  • mixed numbers
  • benchmark fractions

Topic 10: What are different ways to compare fractions?

  • Using Models to Compare Fractions: Same Denominator
  • Using Models to Compare Fractions: Same Numerator
  • Comparing Fractions Using Benchmarks
  • Comparing Fractions on the Number Line
  • Finding Equivalent Fractions
  • Equivalent Fractions on the Number Line
  • Whole Numbers and Fractions
  • Using Fractions
  • Problem Solving: Draw a Picture


Math Vocabulary

  • equivalent fractions
  • simplest form


Topic 11: How can two-dimensional shapes be described, analyzed, and classified?

  • Lines and Line Segments
  • Angles
  • Polygons
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Combining and Separating Shapes
  • Making New Shapes
  • Problem Solving: Solve a Simpler Problem
  • Problem Solving: Make and Test Generalizations


Math Vocabulary

  • point
  • line
  • line segment
  • intersecting lines
  • parallel lines
  • ray
  • angle
  • vertex of an angle
  • right angle
  • perpendicular
  • acute angle
  • obtuse angle
  • polygon
  • side
  • vertex of a polygon
  • diagonal
  • triangle
  • quadrilateral
  • pentagon
  • hexagon
  • octagon
  • decagon
  • equilateral triangle
  • isosceles triangle
  • scalene triangle
  • right triangle
  • acute triangle
  • obtuse triangle
  • trapeziod
  • parallelogram
  • rectangle
  • rhombus
  • square
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.

Each community or culture has a unique history, including heroic figures, traditions, and holidays.

Communities share cultural similarities and differences across the world.

Communities from around the world interact with other people and communities and exchange cultural ideas and practices.


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

Record observations accurately and concisely

Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques

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

Design scientific investigations (e.g., observing, describing, and comparing; collecting samples; seeking more information, conducting a controlled experiment; discovering new objects or phenomena; making models)

Use appropriate safety procedures

Language Arts: Reading

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.

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.

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).

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.

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

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.

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).

Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

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 informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 on pages 28 and 29.)

With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

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.

Language Arts: Speaking and Listening

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

Language Arts: Language

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

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

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality
There are no standards currently aligned to this resource.
Mathematics: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

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.

Mathematics: Number and Operations and Base Ten

Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.

Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.

Represent a fraction 1/b on a number line diagram by defining the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole and partitioning it into b equal parts. Recognize that each part has size 1/b and that the endpoint of the part based at 0 locates the number 1/b on the number line.

Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.

Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.

Express whole numbers as fractions, and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. Examples: Express 3 in the form 3 = 3/1; recognize that 6/1 = 6; locate 4/4 and 1 at the same point of a number line diagram.

Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

Mathematics: Measurement and Data
There are no standards currently aligned to this resource.
Mathematics: Geometry

Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.

Essential Skills and Vocabulary:

Lesson 12: "Returning the Enemy's Dog"

  • confirm
  • indicate
  • gracious
  • inscription
  • humane
  • diplomat
  • integrity


Lesson 13: "Harriet Hare Tells All"

  • ordinary
  • scowl
  • mischievous
  • scan
  • apology
  • ambitious
  • sympathy


Lesson 14: "Nine Gold Medals"

  • spectators
  • poised
  • anguish
  • ovation
  • beaming
  • assist
  • priority


Lesson 15: "The Lizard and the Sun"

  • majestic
  • vendor
  • adorn
  • emerald
  • organize
  • conceal
  • restore


Lesson 16: "Charlie and Tess"

  • frisky
  • graze
  • soothe
  • determined
  • huddle
  • adapt
  • mature



Unit 6 - Week 2

  • schwa in an open syllable, and open syllable exceptions

Unit 6 - Week 3

  • teach schwa with an open syllable with an 'i'


Unit 7 - Week 1

  • teach y and suffix spelling rule

Unit 7 - Week 2

  • pluralizing words ending in y


Unit 8 - Week 1

  • review consonant - le syllable type
  • spell k words


Unit 8 Week 2

  • teach consonant -le exception
  • final syllable with schwa vs. consonant -le


Unit 8 Week 3

  • teach -tion and -sion



Assessment Tasks:


Topics 9 -11 assessments

Weekly Topic Quizzes


Language Arts

  • Module 2: Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle
  • Module 2: End of Unit 1 Assessment: Informational Paragraph of How a Bullfrog Survives
  • Module 2: Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Close Reading of an excerpt about New Freaky Frog
  • Module 2: End of Unit 2 Assessment: Informational Paragraph about The Poison Dart Frog




  • Weekly Assessments




  • Weekly Assessments
  • Cumulative Assessments


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