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.

Reading and Writing



Social Studies


Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far

Unit 1: Overcoming Learning Challenges - School and Education

In this first unit of the year, students use literature and informational texts that focus on the power of literacy and how people around the world overcome learning challenges.

ALL (Additional Language and Literacy) Block

Small group work with a focus on: -Additional Work with Complex Text; 

-Reading and Speaking Fluency 

-GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics); -Writing Practice; -Word Study and Vocabulary; 

-Independent Reading

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: Overcoming Learning Challenges - Books

Students consider geography and how where one lies in the world affects how one accesses books.


Unit 3: Overcoming Learning Challenges - Reading

Students continue reading literature about characters who are motivated to learn to read and overcome struggles to do so.  They then assess their own reading challenges and identify strategies to overcome these challenges.  

Unit 2: Area and Multiplication

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


Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs

Unit 1: Poems and Pourquoi Tales about Frogs

Students will read poetry and pourquoi tales about different kinds of frogs and generate “why” questions.  They will then write their own fictional pourquoi narratives.

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: Frogs and the Research Process

Students will research to find out real answers to some of the questions they generated in Unit 1 and write paragraphs about what they have learned.

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: Freaky Frog Text

Students will form research groups to become experts on frogs that have unusual adaptations that help them survive in extreme environments throughout the world.  They will share their expertise by writing a book to be shared with other students.

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.

Exploring Literacy Classics

Unit 1: Character Development in Peter Pan

Students begin to read Peter Pan as well as information about the author and historical context.  While they are reading, they make connections between the story and the issues presented in the background information.


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 2: An Opinion of Peter Pan

Students will write a book review for Peter Pan.

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: Revising Scenes from Peter Pan

Students will take into consideration some of the reasons students would not recommend Peter Pan to a friend and revise a scene of the story.  They also create a presentation explaining how and why they revised that scene.

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.


Water Around the World

Unit 1: Water Around the World

Students will learn about the importance of clean freshwater around the world and three challenges: access to water, demands on water, and water pollution.

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 2: The Importance of Water Conservation

Students focus more closely on the three challenges to clean freshwater and possible solutions.  They then write an opinion essay on water conservation using what they have learned..


Unit 7: Polygons and Perimeter

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

Unit 3: Solutions to Water Issues

Students plan and create a public service announcement to educate people about their chosen water issue.


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.

Updated Summer 2023

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