English Language Arts

Reading:

Third graders will engage in Daily 5.

Daily 5 is a framework for teachers to structure students' literacy time, especially during guided reading (when the teacher is working with small groups of students or individuals). The major goal behind Daily 5 is to help students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. The 5 main components of Daily 5 include: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work. For more information on Daily 5, please click HERE.

In the beginning of third grade, students will:

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding and refer to text to support their answer
  • Determine meanings of words and phrases
  • Explain how illustrations add to the meaning of a text

In the middle of third grade, students will:

  • Compare and contrast important points and key details
  • Use text features (e.g., headings, captions, headings, bold words) and search tools to locate information
  • Refer to parts of stories when writing or speaking about a text

By the end of third grade, students will:

  • Distinguish one’s own point of view from the narrator (literary) or author (informational)
  • Compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of texts by the same author or same idea
  • Read and comprehend grade level literature, informational texts, poetry, and drama

See the mClass Home Connect website for activities that you can use at home to help your child practice essential literacy skills.

Writing:

August

    • Establishing routines for Writer's Workshop

September-October

    • Informational Writing

November-January

    • Opinion Writing

February-March

    • Narrative Writing

April-May

    • Review all writing genres

Language:

Third graders will learn to:

  • Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs
  • Use possessives (e.g., Sue’s, hers)
  • Ensure subject-verb agreement (e.g., Maya goes to band practice. Maya and Max go to band practice)
  • Use known root words to determine meaning of unknown word
  • Write legibly in cursive
  • Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thresaurus, dictionary.com) to determine meanings and spellings of words

For more information about the third grade curriculum, visit GeorgiaStandards.org.