Grade 3

To the left are links to brief overviews of what your child will learn in Grade 3.  Below is a calendar outlining the CREC Units of Study.  If you should have any questions about your child's curriculum, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Grade 3 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Note:  Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information





Social Studies


Unit 1: Building a Reading Life

In this first unit of the year, readers focus on getting back into the swing of reading and using all that they have learned about having and sharing ideas about the books they read.

Unit 1: Crafting True Stories

September in a third-grade writing workshop is an exciting time. Students will collect lots of quick drafts of possible stories in notebook entries and will select just one of these to put through the writing process.

Unit 1: Introducing Multiplication

Students will represent and solve multiplication problems through the context of picture and bar graphs that represent categorical data.

Unit 1: Missing Fossil and Clues from the Past

Students become paleontologists who investigate data from fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environment in which they lived long ago. They learn about traits, inheritance, and life cycles to help them uncover the mystery of the fossil.

Unit 1: Connecticut Geography and Native American Life

Students will be exploring Native American History through the lens of Connecticut. They will be looking at the Geography of CT and how it impacted the lives of the Native Americans. Students will also discuss how Natural Resources were vital to the survival of the Native American Tribes. They will continually focus on what kinds of things the Native Americans did that have impacted the way we live today.


Unit 2: Area and Multiplication

Students will learn about area concepts and relate area to multiplication and to addition.


Unit 2: Reading to Learn

This unit is the first of two nonfiction reading units in third grade. Students will focus on; reading for fluency and learning to make mental summaries. Readers will also acquire study skills such as note taking using Post-its, note cards, and graphic organizers.

Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing

This unit teaches students to write in one particular style for

informational writing supported by a mentor text with the qualities of strong informational writing.

Unit 2: Connecticut Identify, History and Government

Students begin by thinking about why and how their families came to Connecticut. Then, students travel back in time to research why and how different people settled in Connecticut during Colonial times. Students will compare their lives to the lives of Connecticut citizens from colonial times and will examine how and why Connecticut established a government. Students will consider citizen’s rights and responsibilities and how these have changed over time for men, women, and children depending on their race and ethnicity.

Unit 3: Wrapping Up Addition and Subtraction within 1,000

Students will use place value understanding to round whole numbers and add and subtract within 1,000. They will also represent and solve two-step word problems using addition, subtraction, and multiplication and assess the reasonableness of answers.


Unit 2: Motion and Interaction of Objects

Students act as secret agents to solve the causes behind three instances of odd motion. They investigate gravitational, electrical, and magnetic forces so they can explain how each causes motion and what motion can occur.


Unit 3: Research Clubs

Readers again explore the world of nonfiction with this research based unit on the study of animals. The exciting thing is that while the children are researching and learning about animals, they are also learning to learn! The children will form clubs and study animals with their research club. Ultimately, the children will use all that they now know and understand about these animals to solve real-world problems; for example creating a better life for an animal in a zoo.

Unit 3: Changing the World: Persuasive Writing

Students learn to introduce topics and consider their audience as they improve the quality of opinion writing through structure, craft and conventions.

Unit 4: Relating Multiplication to Division

Students will learn about and use the relationship between multiplication and division, place value understanding, and the properties of operations to multiply and divide whole numbers within 100. They will also represent and solve two-step word problems using the four operations.


Unit 3: Connecticut Industry and Inventions

Connecticut's role in the Industrial Age has had a lasting impact on the state, it’s people, and it’s economy. Connecticut has been a leader in innovation and invention throughout its history. Students will explore the history of industrial innovation and invention in Connecticut while making connections to their world today.

Unit 5: Fractions as Numbers

Students will develop an understanding of fractions as numbers and of fraction equivalence by representing fractions on diagrams and number lines, generating equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.


Unit 3: Case of the Missing Monarchs

Students focus on several concepts while investigating the reason behind the declining Monarch Butterfly population. They look at climate and migration as well as how different species vary in order to survive, find mates and reproduce.


In this integrated mini-unit, students will not only write poetry but will become more aware and more knowledgeable readers of poetry. The unit also aims to teach children more about reading-writing connections and qualities of good writing that pertain to all of writing, not just poetry.


In this integrated mini-unit, students will not only write poetry but will become more aware and more knowledgeable readers of poetry. The unit also aims to teach children more about reading-writing connections and qualities of good writing that pertain to all of writing, not just poetry.


Unit 4: Character Studies

Readers will work in book clubs to investigate characters and their actions within a series and across series. They will build on their character work from grade 2 to look at how characters’ responses to trouble (and other actions) contributes to a sequence of events.

Unit 4: Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

Storytelling is at the heart of this third grade unit in narrative writing. Not only will children learn to write well-crafted tales; but to story-tell those tales with drama, precise action, and language that captures the hearts and minds of the listener. The spotlight is on folk and fairy tales and the children will be immersed in the genre.

Unit 6: Measuring Length, Time, Liquid Volume, and Mass

Students will generate and represent length measurement data in halves and fourths of an inch on line plots. They will learn about and estimate relative units of measure including time, liquid volume, and weight, and use the four operations to solve problems involving measurement.

Unit 4: Civic Engagement in Connecticut Over Time

Students will study how Connecticut continues to grow, develop, and contribute to our nation’s history. They will learn about three major social issues and civil rights topics from the last 125 years of Connecticut’s history, including child labor, the World Wars, and the Civil Rights movement.


Unit 7: Polygons and Perimeter

Students will reason about polygons and their attributes, with a docus on quadrilaterals. They will solve problems involving the perimeter and area of polygons.


Unit 8: Putting it All Together

Students will consolidate and solidify the major skills of the grade. They will also continue to work towards fluency with multiplication and division.

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