Third Grade Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Refer explicitly to the text when asking and answering questions
  • Determine main idea(s)
  • Describe causes and effects between characters and events

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words
  • Use text structure and text features
    • Beginning/middle/end
    • Main idea/details
    • Chapters, key words, hyperlinks, etc.
    • Distinguishes different points of view

Comprehension: Integration

  • Use information from illustrations, print, and digital texts
  • Compare and contrast different versions of text


Write to a Variety of Topics with Elaboration

  • Write narratives using effective technique, descriptive details and clear event sequences
  • Write opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons
  • Write informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Use leads, transitions and organization
  • Elaborate on ideas

Writes with Voice, and Varies Words and Sentences

  • Use words that help to bring the story to life
  • Use words and sentences to convince audience
  • Use words and sentences to teach information in interesting ways


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing

Analyzes and Evaluates Own Writing

  • Reflect on writing and sets goals


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division
  • Multiply and divide within 100
  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition
  • Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


  • Forces and interactions
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • Inheritance and variation of traits: Life cycles and traits
  • Weather and climate
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • Geography of North America
  • Cultures of North America
  • Cultures in our Community: Notable Americans
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  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes
  • Communicate through the arts
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Learn to apply and demonstrate sports/fitness skills
  • Learn active participation, cooperation with others
  • Understand staying on task
  • Following directions and positive contribution


  • Understand goal setting
  • Learn about prevention of disease
  • Study movement
  • Learn about nutrition
  • Learn how to reduce risks
  • Understand safe and unsafe messages


  • Basic operations and concepts
  • Productivity tools that may include word processing database, spreadsheet, graphics, multimedia
  • Communication tools
  • Technology for research
  • Network skills
  • Technology skills