Third Grade

Curriculum Overview: Loving Human Effort in the World


The following are some areas of Mathematics that the third graders will master, inshAllah.

  • recognizes equivalent representations for the same number (up to four-digits) and generates them by composing and decomposing numbers
  • understands the place value of whole numbers up to 10,000
  • knows the addition facts (sums to 20) and the corresponding subtraction facts
  • finds the sum or difference of two whole numbers between 0 and 10,000 with or without regrouping
  • uses arrays to do multiplication and repeated subtraction to do division
  • memorizes the multiplication table for numbers between 1 and 10
  • understands and uses the inverse relationship between multiplication and division
  • solves problems involving addition and subtraction of money amounts in decimal notation
  • compares fractions represented by drawings or concrete materials to show equivalency adds and subtracts simple fractions in context
  • understands that fractions and decimals are two different representations of the same concept
  • selects appropriate mathematical symbols to make an expression true
  • represents and solves simple functional
  • recognizes and extends a linear pattern by its rules
  • estimates and measures the length, liquid volume, and weight/mass of given objects using the appropriate tools and units
  • measures area and perimeter of regular shapes using a variety of tools
  • identifies, describes, and classifies polygons and 3D geometric objects
  • recognizes and creates shapes that are congruent and/or have symmetry
  • conducts simple probability experiments by determining the number of possible outcomes and makes simple predictions
  • represents data using tables and graphs such as line plots, bar graphs, line graphs and venn diagrams
  • uses a variety of methods, such as words, numbers, symbols, charts, graphs, tables, diagrams, and models to explain mathematical reasoning
  • explains and justifies solutions using correct mathematical vocabulary

Language Arts

Language Arts will be taught in four segments, Writing, Reading Spelling, and Grammar. Our main focus in third grade will be reading comprehension, building writing skill and expression, and grammar. The third graders will read three main novels.

  • read for enjoyment and to gather information
  • read aloud with fluency
  • choose appropriate chapter books for literature and other reading materials
  • read grade-appropriate material with understanding
  • use knowledge of word analysis and comprehension strategies to decode unknown words
  • use context to predict the meaning of unknown words
  • spell words from grade-level lists correctly
  • engage in all steps of the writing process
  • compose in narrative, descriptive, expository styles; write letters
  • organize writing into paragraphs
  • edit own work for correct spelling and punctuation
  • use cursive letter forms
  • begin to use word processing to write
  • write independently with fluency
  • follow complex directions
  • focus on speaker and respond appropriately
  • express ideas clearly and concisely, with correct grammar
  • take part in group discussions and stay on topic


Third graders will learn complete units in measurement, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science. They will learn to make predictions, test, measure, record results, explain results, ask the next questions and form discussions.


Participate in classroom activities around the year-long theme, Continuity and Change

  • understand our nation as a democratic, pluralistic society through literature representing multiple perspectives and a wide range of people
  • describe physical and human geography with an emphasis on North America and use maps, tables, graphs, photographs, and charts to organize information about people, places and environments
  • understand the ways in which physical geography, including climate, influences how the local Indian nations adapted to their natural environment
  • research and make timelines of local historical events
  • understand national identities, religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions (with focus on the Ohlone Indians)


Visual Arts

  • begin to identify the elements of art in the environment, and in works of art, emphasizing line, color, shape, form and texture
  • mix secondary colors from primary colors and describe the process
  • form drawing – identifying patterns, shapes, lines
  • create artwork based on observations of actual objects and everyday scenes
  • select something they like about their work of art and something they would change

Physical Education

  • improve in balance, hand-eye coordination, ball skills
  • increase body strength through physical activities
  • participate in group games
  • demonstrate good health practices (e.g. nutrition, exercise, rest, and health care)


Third graders will begin memorization of Sura Al Baqarah . They will memorize most of this beautiful Sura and learn many of the stories it contains. They will learn through the stories many lessons and make historical connections.


Arabic in third grade consists of four main components; oral language, reading, writing, and poetry. Students at this level will continue to learn more about the environment that they live in through selected monthly themes. They will learn to communicate in Arabic, learn fluency in reading, word roots, handwriting, and memorize and learn Arabic poems.

Islamic Studies

As with the three previous classes, a main concentration of Islamic Studies will be on inner qualities of goodness. Students will memorize twenty ahadith from the Hadith Blackbelt Book. These ahadith focus on the qualities of good character. Third graders will begin memorization of Aqeedah al-Awam. They will also complete a Shamail unit with a focus on the physical and noble characteristics of the Prophet (SAW).

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