Third Grade MERLIN 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.


Reads (MERLIN advanced) Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Use text-based evidence to make inferences and demonstrate understanding of text
  • Determine main idea(s) and themes
  • Summarize text
  • Describe causes and effects between characters and events
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including content- related words
  • Use text structure and text features in informational texts
    • Cause and effect
    • Chronological
    • Problem/solution
    • Compare and contrast
  • Explain text structure and text features in literature
    • Poems (verse, rhythm)
    • Drama (dialogue, settings)
  • Compare and contrast different points of view

Comprehension: Integration

  • Use information from illustrations, print, and digital texts to deepen understanding
  • Explain how authors use reasoning and evidence to support their points
  • Compare and contrast themes
  • Use information from multiple texts in research


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

Organize Writing Using Logical Organizational Structure

  • Lead – write a beginning in which he/she not only shows what is happening and where, but also gives some clues to what could later become a problem for the main character
  • Transitions – use transitional phrases to show passage of time in complicated ways, perhaps by showing things happening at the same time or flashback and flash- forward
  • Ending – Write an ending that connects to the main part of the story. The character said, did, or realized something at the end that came from what happened in the story
  • Organization – Use paragraphs to separate different parts of time of the story to show when a new character is speaking. Some parts of the story are longer and more developed than others
  • Elaboration – Develop character, setting, and plot throughout the story, especially the heart of the story. Use a blend of description, action, dialogue and thinking
  • Write a variety of texts – narratives, opinion pieces, informative texts, etc.

Write with Voice, and Varies Words and Sentences

  • Show why characters did what they did by including their thinking and their responses to what happened
  • Slow down the heart of the story. Make less important parts shorter and less detailed blending storytelling and summary as needed
  • Include precise details and uses figurative language so that readers can picture the setting, characters, and events. Use some objects or actions as symbols to bring forth meaning
  • Vary sentences to create the pace and tone of narrative


  • Use grade appropriate grammar, spelling and conventions in writing

Analyze and Evaluate Own Writing

  • Reflect on writing and sets goals


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples
  • Generate and analyze patterns. Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles


  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of other
  • 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


  • 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