3rd Grade Curriculum

Grade Level Curriculum Guidelines

St. Martin of Tours Academy, in partnership with parents, is a Catholic parish elementary school that prepares students to be lifelong learners through a curriculum that has a strong moral, spiritual, and academic foundation. Students understand the need for peace and justice, and as responsible Catholics, are challenged to answer the call to service and become engaged citizens of the world.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations
Primary Grades

St. Martin of Tours Academy

  • Participates in monthly liturgy and service
  • Recognizes that God’s Kingdom is God’s loving power at work in the world and that Jesus offers us life forever.
  • Explains that Mary is the mother of all people
  • Understands that scriptures help us to learn about God and Jesus’ message
  • Realizes that worship is a way of praising God, and the  signs and symbols of the Sacraments express and enrich our faith
  • Celebrates the liturgical year
  • Learns that our decisions affect others and ourselves
  • Recognizes life is nurtured in a loving family
  • Respects the dignity and uniqueness of others
  • Learns formal prayer, spontaneous prayer, shares petitions, talks to Jesus in his/her heart


  •  Develops knowledge of common spelling patterns, roots,and affixes
  • Identifies antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and multiple meaning words
  • Clarifies new words, makes predictions, uses context clues, and summarizes reading passages
  • Practices parts of speech such as verbs and adjectives
  • Reads aloud with fluency, accuracy, and appropriate pacing and expression


  • Reads fiction and nonfiction materials independently with literal and inferential comprehension.Rereads, self-corrects, and uses context clues to get meaning
  • Answers questions that require analysis, synthesis, and  evaluation of grade-level narrative and informational text
  • Summarizes, determines main idea, identifies supporting details, follows directions, draws conclusions and identifies sequence of events
  • Distinguishes among common forms of literature
  • Explains reasons for character’s actions


  •  Researches topics using a variety of reference materials
  • Participates in daily independent reading
  • Gathers information from charts, graphs, maps, and timelines
  • Uses titles, tables of contents, chapter headings, glossary, and index to locate information
  • Follows multiple-step written directions in proper sequence
  • Alphabetizes to the third letter


  •  Writes legible cursive
  • Creates a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
  • Revises drafts to improve coherence and progression of ideas
  • Uses punctuation correctly
  • Writes narrative, explanatory, descriptive and opinion essays
  • Progresses through the stages of the writing process


  •  Uses clear and specific vocabulary, speaking in manner that guides listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch and modulation
  • Identifies main idea and supporting details of reports
  • Plans, presents stories, poems, and plays
  • Shares reports
  • Engages in constructive exchange of ideas Listens critically and responds appropriately to oral communication


  • Identifies and uses numerals 1000-10,000 and place value through millions
  • Practices rounding numbers to nearest ten, hundred, or  thousand
  • Finds the sums and differences of whole numbers between 0 and 10,000
  • Demonstrates concepts of time and money
  • Compares and orders money amounts written in decimal form
  • Solves problems involving addition and subtraction of money amounts in decimal form
  • Solves problems using bills and coins
  • Knows and uses all multiplication and division facts through 12’s tables
  • Begins to memorize division facts
  • Practices single digit division with remainders
  • Adds and subtracts simple fractions
  • Orders fractions from least to greatest
  • Demonstrates and explains the relationship between whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals
  • Adds and subtracts fractions with a common denominator


  • Solves problems with numeric equations or inequalities
  • Practices the concept of the unknown
  • Recognizes and uses the commutative, distributive and associative properties of multiplication
  • Extends and recognizes a pattern by using rules


  • Chooses appropriate units and tools for estimating and measuring objects
  • Identifies right, acute, and obtuse angles in figures
  • Understands symmetry, congruence, points, lines and segments
  • Partition shapes into parts with equal areas.  Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole


  • Interprets data from charts, bar graphs, and pie graphs
  • Solves 2 step word problems


  • Practices multiple problem-solving approaches by using strategies of drawing a picture, prediction, sequence,    logic, and analysis to find solutions


  • Understands that the 3 forms of matter are made up of over 100 different types of atoms
  • Describes changes that occur when objects are heated, or when 2 or more substances are combined
  • Demonstrates that energy can be stored and converted to motion and heat
  • Understands that light has a source and travels in one direction


  •  Recognizes that plants and animals grow, survive and reproduce
  • Identify different biomes (desert, forest, etc) and understand that they support different life forms
  • Demonstrates knowledge that living things cause positive and negative changes in environments
  • Know that when environments change, plant and animals adapt or become extinct


  • Understand that objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns
  • Demonstrates that Earth and other planets orbit the sun and the moon orbits Earth
  • Explore the position of the solar system through technology, rockets, satellites, space shuttles, and International Space Station
  • Compares and contrasts how sunlight changes during the day and the season
  • Investigation and Experimentation
  • Conduct repeated observations to improve accuracy
  • Differentiate evidence from opinion, and know that scientists rely on confirmed observations
  • Use numerical data to describe and compare
  • Predict and compare outcomes of simple investigations
  • Collect and analyze data to develop a logical conclusion
  • Describes the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past
  • Emphasis on physical & cultural landscape of CA, including the study of Kumeyaay Indians, the subsequent     arrival of immigrants and the impact they have had on forming the character of our present day society
  • Interprets timelines, graphs, pictures, charts, and maps
  • Explains how natural resources benefit a community
  • Locates meridians, parallels, including Equator and Prime Meridian.Differentiates among counties, states, countries, and continents
  • Demonstrates knowledge and use of map keys and symbols
  • Discusses reasons for the development of communities in relation to religion and values
  • Understands the role of rules and laws in our daily lives and the basic structure of the US Government
  • Learns keyboard through the use of touch-typing
  • Demonstrates proper use of computer
  • Recognizes and uses the correct computer terminology
  • Learns to insert disks, find files, save files
  • Edits simple text
  • Discusses ethical issues including Internet safety
  • Develops correct hand and body positions
  • Recognizes the use of the computer as a tool
  • Names parts of a computer system including disk drive and screen
  • Understands the importance of caring for software
  • Participates in agility games, exercise and calisthenics
  • Develops ball skills, sportsmanship, coordination, and body skills
  • Participates in basketball, baseball, soccer, and track
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition
  • Creates using line, color, and shape
  • Experiments with tint and shade
  • Participates in visual and tactile perception
  • Demonstrates creative expression
  • Appreciates visual arts heritage
  • Analyzes and interprets works of art
  • Experiments with a self-made color wheel
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Mission Trails Regional Park          
  • Kumeyaay – History in a Trunk 

The Magic Treehouse Mary Pope Osborne
Paper Wishes   Lois Sephaban
Who was…..Biography   Various Authors
The BFG    Roald Dahl
The Lion, Witch, Wardrobe C.S. Lewis

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