Grade 3 Adapted Curriculum Alignments

Information for parents and guardians on how the adapted curriculum aligns to the progress report standards.

The information listed below is intended to help you understand how the curriculum your child is learning aligns to the progress report standards. The items listed under each progress report standard reflect an academic curriculum that is based upon the Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL). Students who receive instruction in these standards require individualized approaches in order to make progress in the general curriculum. The standards which apply to your child will be indicated. Not all standards will be covered in their entirety by the end of a school year. Content that students do not learn in a particular classroom or school (e.g., band, strings, World Languages) will be marked as “nt” or “not taught.”


Listens and speaks for a specific purpose

  • Communicates so that others understand
  • Retell stories
  • Asks and responds to questions
  • Answers who and where questions
  • Learn and use newly acquired vocabulary

Locates and uses information for a variety of sources

  • Recognizes books have titles
  • Use table of contents, pictures, captions, charts
  • Demonstrate comprehension of information in dictionaries, glossaries, and indices
  • Uses print and on-line reference materials
  • Consult print in the environment to support reading
  • Locates facts or information in familiar text
  • Identify text features and search tools

Reads with accuracy and fluency

  • Uses letter-sound skills in decoding consonant sounds of familiar one-syllable words
  • Decode single-syllable words with common spelling patterns (CVC and high-frequency rhymes
  • Demonstrate basic letter-sound correspondences
  • Increases number of known words

Reads with understanding

  • Indicate the number of syllables in a spoken word
  • Apply letter name and letter-sound knowledge when decoding
  • Identify the beginning sound of familiar words
  • Demonstrate word relationships (prefix, suffix, singular, plural, homophones)
  • Expand vocabulary using antonyms and synonyms
  • Use familiar nouns
  • Identify words that describe personal emotional states
  • Use newly acquired vocabulary drawn from reading and other content areas
  • Demonstrates understanding of the meaning of newly acquired vocabulary
  • Recognize written words
  • Use context to determine missing word in familiar text
  • Read familiar text with purpose and understanding
  • Identify individuals, events, or ideas in familiar text
  • Engage in navigating books and multimedia text
  • Identify beginning and end of story
  • Retell stories, fables, folktales,& myths from diverse cultures
  • Sequence at least two steps in procedure or ideas/incidents in an event
  • Identify common element and similarities between two resources on same topic
  • Demonstrate understanding spatial and temporal relationship words (behind, under…)
  • Identify traits, motivations, or feelings of characters
  • Identify purpose, topic, details

Writes with clarity and purpose

  • Select a topic and write about it including one fact or detail
  • Select an event or personal experience and write one thing about it
  • Revise own writing by adding more information
  • Select a book and write, draw, or dictate to state an opinion about it and one reason to support the opinion
  • Use spelling rules when writing by capitalizing the first letter of familiar names
  • Gather information about a topic for written research report
  • Use details from a text to support writing
  • Use technology to produce and share writing
  • Sort information into two provided categories and write information learned about them

   Edits for usage and mechanics in own writing

  • Use spelling rules when writing by capitalizing the first letter of familiar names
  • Spell common high-frequency words
  • Use spelling patterns in words to spell words with the same pattern


Explains how the people and events of the past have influenced the present

  • Identify contributions of ancient Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt and the influence in the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language
  • Describe oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade) of early West African empire of Mali

Reads maps and understands the impact of geography on culture

  • Locate Greece, Rome, China and Egypt on a map
  • Compares the climate, water features, and land of China and Egypt
  • Locate the equator, the 7 continents, and 5 oceans on a world map
  • Locate selected rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of the 7 continents
  • Construct simple maps, using title, map legend, and compass rose

Recognizes the structure of government and the relationship between rules, laws and becoming a good citizen

  • Demonstrate characteristics of a good citizen
  • Recognize why government in necessary in the classroom, school, and community
  • Explain rules and laws
  • Understand Americans are people of diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions

Understands economic concepts and the impact of culture

  • Explain how natural resources, and capital resources to produce goods and services
  • Recognize the concept of specialization and interdependence in the production of goods and services
  • Explain that people make choices because they cannot have everything and save money for the future to purchase goods and services


Represents numbers accurately and understand number relationships

  • Identify and write numerals 0 to 30
  • Identify place value of tens on a number line 0 to 30
  • Differentiate a factional part from whole
  • Identify place values to 10
  • Count by tens using money
  • Identify whole, half, and fourth

Computes numbers with fluency/makes reasonable estimates

  • Add and subtract whole numbers 0-30
  • Add to solve single-step story problems 0-30
  • Use addition to find total number of objects in equal groups to 10
  • Use repeated addition and equal groups to find sum

Measures with accuracy and estimates measurements

  • Identify instruments used to measure length, mass, or liquid
  • Identify coins and their values
  • Order by length non-standard units
  • Tell time to nearest half hour/hour with digital clock

Analyses characteristics of geometric figures and demonstrate an understanding of spatial relationships

  • Recognize that shapes can share attributes
  • Identify, describe, and sort geometric solids according to properties

Use data to describe, interpret, and predict events

  • Gather data relating to familiar experience by counting and tallying
  • Investigate, identify, and describe various forms of data collection
  • Identify, create, and extend patterns
  • Create picture graphs from collected data
  • Use picture or bar graph to answer questions

Represents situations and mathematical relationships with algebraic symbols

  • Identify arithmetic patterns
  • Sort or classify concrete objects according to one or more attributes
  • Recognize, describe, and extend a variety of patterns
  • Recognize, describe, and extend numerical and geometric patterns
  • Demonstrate connection between repeated addition and multiplication


Investigates and demonstrates understanding of the natural world in a systematic way like a scientist and applies these skills and knowledge to solve problems

  • Make observations and predictions
  • Use simple tools to enhance observations
  • Gather, chart, and graph data
  • Make predictions and draw conclusions based on observation and data
  • Construct simple physical models to demonstrate relationships
  • Sequence natural events chronologically
  • Estimate and measure length, volume, mass, and temperature
  • Measure time to nearest minute
  • Classify objects by similar characteristics into sets and subsets

Understands concepts of physical science including force, motion, energy, and matter

  • Investigate the position, motion, and physical properties of an object
  • Objects are made of one or more materials
  • Investigate simple machines
  • Investigate objects and describe by physical properties

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of life science including life processes and living systems

  • Investigate and understands the following:
  • Animal and plant life cycles
  • Behavioral and physical adaptations
  • Interdependency of plants and animals
  • Hibernation, migration, camouflage, mimicry, instinct
  • Producer, consumer, and decomposer
  • Herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore
  • Predator and prey
  • Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Effects of human activity on air, water, and habitat
  • Effects of fire, flood, disease, and erosion on organisms

Demonstrates understand of Earth’s patterns, cycles, changes, and Earth/Space Systems

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • Soil provides support and nutrients for plant growth
  • Topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock
  • Rock, clay, silt, sand and humus as components of soils
  • Soil is a natural resource and should be conserved
  • Patterns of natural events
  • Many sources of water on Earth
  • Energy from the sun drives the water cycle and involves several processes
  • Sources of nonrenewable energy (fossil fuels)
  • Sources of renewable energy: solar, wind and moving water


Understand concepts and behaviors that reduce health risks and enhance health

  • Explain the concept of being safe
  • Identify expectations for personal behavior in school and social settings
  • Explain that good health is related to health-promoting decisions
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors in the school and community
  • Explain that person health decisions and health habits help
  • Influence health and wellness throughout life

Access and evaluate health-related information

  • Explain the importance of seeking guidance from parents/guardians and other trusted adults
  • Identify the health care providers and agencies that influence personal health
  • Recognize the influence that health resources and professionals have on personal health
  • Use decision-making skills to promote health and personal wellness
  • Demonstrate the ability to use health information to improve personal health

Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate health practices and behaviors

  • Describe the influences and factors that impact health and wellness
  • Describe how dietary customs and traditions can impact health decisions
  • Identify and describe positive characteristics and attributes
  • Demonstrate skills needed to work and play successfully with others


Engage in the creative process to develop artworks

  • Create works of art
  • Use the senses of sight, touch, and hearing as inspirations for works of art
  • Follows appropriate steps in art making
  • Use art materials safely and appropriately

Use art media and techniques appropriately to produce artworks

  • Identify and use colors, textures, lines, shapes, and patterns.
  • Identify spatial relationships
  • Describe the sequence of steps in the making of a work of art
  • Use motor skills to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art
  • Develop eye/hand coordination by drawing and constructing
  • Use a variety of materials to produce artwork

Expresses meaning in artworks in a variety of ways

  • Express ideas and feelings through the creation of works of art
  • Depicts a range of subject matter in artworks
  • Uses and applies knowledge from other subject areas when creating artwork

Applies an understanding of art history, culture, criticism, and aesthetics when making and discussing artwork

  • Engages in discussions about artworks from different places and time to inform art making
  • Responds to own and other’s artwork
  • Use art vocabulary appropriately to identify and describe artwork


Performs movement skills and patterns in physical activities

  • Combines and applies critical elements of manipulative skills
  • Performs locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills
  • Moves to a rhythm
  • Performs gymnastic sequences

Demonstrates knowledge and use of concepts and principles to improve movement skills

  • Demonstrates the concept of relationships while moving in space alone and with a partner
  • Applies offensive and defensive strategies during partner activities

Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for a health-enhanced level of personal fitness

  • Identifies differences between moderate and vigorous physical activity
  • Practices activities aligned with the VA Wellness fitness test
  • Identifies and demonstrates how and why the boy responds to activity

Demonstrates knowledge and skills that ensure safe participation in physical activity settings

  • Applies rules, procedures, and respectful behavior in physical education
  • Demonstrate ability to practice independently

Demonstrates knowledge and strategies for living a physically active lifestyle

  • Identifies and participates in physical activity in and outside of physical education
  • Identifies one physical activity to participate in on a regular basis


Demonstrate appropriate singing skills

  • Sing a variety of songs individually and in groups

Demonstrates appropriate skills while playing instruments

  • Play a repertoire of songs and play on instruments

Responds to music with movement

  • Respond to music with movement
  • Demonstrate steady beat, tempo and accents by using movement

Demonstrates appropriate skills in composing and improvising

  • Create movement, melodies and accompaniments

Demonstrates appropriate skills in music literacy

  • Recognize and demonstrate expressive qualities of music: fast/slow and loud/soft
  • Distinguish between melodic rhythm and steady beat, using sight   and sound

Applies appropriate listening skills

  • Recognizes form in music
  • Uses music terminology to compare/contrast music