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Third Grade Scope

What Your Child Will Learn in Calvert School's Third Grade Course

Below are highlights of the Third Grade curriculum. For the full course outlines, download the files below by right-clicking each link and choosing "Save Link As."

Download the Core course outline.

Download the Calvert Math course outline.

Download the Math in Focus course outline.


  • Reviewing phonics skills, structural analysis, syllabication, irregular plurals, suffixes, prefixes, and possessives
  • Reinforcing skills using anthologies, Reader’s Library, and Smiling Hill Farm
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Making inferences
  • Differentiating between fact and opinion
  • Making generalizations
  • Predicting outcomes
  • Reading biographies of famous Americans, including explorers, presidents and humanitarian leaders, scientists, writers, and artists


  • Expanding long and short vowel sounds
  • Beginning and ending sounds
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Diphthongs
  • Combinations, blends, and digraphs
  • Plurals
  • Syllables

Spelling & Vocabulary

  • Reinforcing correct spelling through daily exercises and spelling strategies
  • Reviewing commonly misspelled words
  • Introducing cross-curricular words
  • Integrating spelling with phonics, vocabulary studies, reading, and writing


  • Developing organized writing skills
  • Completing four lessons each week
  • Building skills in basic grammar, punctuation, correction, letter writing, and journaling


Calvert Math

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication (to 9s), and division
  • Reading and writing numbers with place values through 100,000s
  • Comparing fractions
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Decimals to hundredths
  • Pictographs and bar graphs
  • Coordinate points on grids
  • Tree diagrams
  • Rounding
  • Word problems
  • Roman numerals
  • Regrouping in addition and subtraction
  • Money and time
  • Introduction to statistics, probability, and graphing measurement
  • Units of weight; volume; temperature
  • The metric and customary systems

Math in Focus

  • Comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000
  • Using number bonds to add and subtract up to three-digit numbers
  • Multiplying three-digit numbers by a single digit, with and without regrouping
  • Adding and subtracting dollars and cents
  • Using the customary and metric systems to measure length, mass, and capacity
  • Identifying parallel and perpendicular lines and right angles


  • Introduction to life cycles of organisms
  • Force and motion
  • Matter as a solid, liquid, and gas
  • Heat and light
  • The solar system
  • Erosion and natural resources
  • Animal ecosystems
  • Health and nutrition


Lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tools are integrated with the curriculum, particularly Reading and Science.

  • Developing keyboarding, touch typing, and word processing skills
  • Spreadsheet basics; graphing in spreadsheets
  • E-mail and Internet use
  • Database searches
  • Visual mapping
  • Introduction to presentation software


  • Memorizing
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Writing original cinquains and haikus


Understanding myths and legends of Greece as foundation for literature appreciation

Social Studies

Uses the textbook Communities—studying world and U.S. communities.

  • Learning about kinds of communities: rural, suburban, urban
  • Moving to new communities and learning new customs
  • The meaning of good citizenship
  • Core values of freedom and roles as future guardians of America’s freedoms


  • Strengthening map skills
  • Understanding symbols
  • Graphs and grids
  • Longitude; latitude
  • Directions, natural resources, U.S. map, lakes and land boundaries
  • Geography themes: place, regions, movement, location, and human/environment interaction


Learning techniques in drawing, perspective, and color

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