Third Grade

Third Grade

English Language Arts
(from the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards for ELA)
“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” – Mortimer J. Adler

In 3rd grade, foundational reading skills are still a focus. Reading comprehension becomes a primary focus at this grade level. Students are learning how all of the elements of a text work together to create meaning and how that meaning develops in the text. Students are beginning to write in cursive and experiment with dialogue in their narrative writing. Students are doing their own research, either independently or with teacher-provided materials. 

To help prepare your child for success in reading and writing, view the 
Florida B.E.S.T. Parent Guide for English Language Arts (available in English and Spanish).

(from the Grade 3 B.E.S.T. Instructional Guide for Mathematics)

In grade 3, instructional time will emphasize four areas:
(1) adding and subtracting multi-digit whole numbers, including using a standard algorithm;
(2) building an understanding of multiplication and division, the relationship between them and the connection to area of rectangles;
(3) developing an understanding of fractions; and
(4) extending geometric reasoning to lines and attributes of quadrilaterals.

Other Curriculum Areas
For more information on the curriculum, information, and resources for other subjects being taught, such as Science, Health, and Social Studies, visit the OCPS Curriculum & Digital Learning page for Curriculum Areas.

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