Third Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Personal Narratives
  • Informational Writing
  • Traditional Literature
  • Content Area Research
  • Persuasive Reviews
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Simple Abbreviations
  • Using Apostrophes, Commas and Quotation Marks
  • Complete Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Articles and Parts of Speech

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills
  • Presentations Using a Variety of Media Forms


  • Character Development
  • Author’s Point of View, Purpose and  Craft
  • Critical Literacy
  • Functional Texts
  • Content Area Research
  • Biographies and Autobiographies
  • Poetry
  • Testing as a Genre
  • Connecting Texts in a Series

Word Study

  • Word Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Homophones
  • Contractions
  • Irregular Plurals and Past Tense Verbs
  • Open/Closed, R-Controlled and Consonant -le Syllables


  • Six-Digit Place Value
  • Estimation
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Money
  • Patterns
  • Equality
  • Fraction Number Sense
  • Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
  • Polygons
  • Lines, Rays, and Angles
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Telling Time and Elapsed Time
  • U.S. Customary and Metric Systems
  • Bar Graphs and Pictographs
  • Probability


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Habitats
  • Food Chains
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Water Cycle
  • Human Impact on Air and Water Quality
  • Materials’ Interactions with Water
  • Soil
  • Human Impact on Natural Resources
  • Net Force
  • Simple and Compound Machines

Social Studies

Ancient World Cultures

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethical and Global Citizenship
  • World Geography
  • Ancient Civilizations: 
    • Egypt
    • China
    • Greece
    • Rome
    • West African Empire of Mali
  • Within each ancient civilization, students will learn about:
    • Change Over Time
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Contributions
    • Modern Day Influences