Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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York Suburban School District
 Curriculum Overview - Grade 3
Language Arts
The Third Grade Language Arts curriculum follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. These skills are incorporated into a Balanced Literacy Framework including: Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing and Word Work.
Throughout the year third grade students will:
  • learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies
  • read in all content area - understand and apply informational text and media in all academic areas
  • read and respond to literature
  • actively participate in the writing process - prewriting, drafting, editing,  conferencing, revising and publishing
  • produce quality narrative, informational and persuasive writing
  • participate in speaking and listening activities as an individual and in groups
York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
Throughout the year third grade students will:
Numbers and Operations - Base Ten
  • Apply place-value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Numbers and Operations - Fractions

  • Explore and develop an understanding of fractions as numbers

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division
  • Demonstrate multiplication and division fluency
  • Solve problems involving four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic


  • Identify, compare and classify shapes and their attributes
  • Use the understanding of fractions to partition shapes into parts with equal areas and express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole

Measurement and Data

  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute and solve problems by calculating time intervals
  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of temperature, liquid, volume, mass and length
  • Solve problems and make change involving money and usine a combination of coins and bills
  • Determine the area of a rectangle and apply the concept of multiplication and to addition
  • Represent and interpret data using tally charts, tables, pictographs, line plots and bar graphs
  • Solve problems involving perimeters of polygons and distinguish between linear and area measure



York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units.
Students in third grade will be introduced to units and be provided with opportunities for self-selected projects in the areas of:
  •  States of Matter
  •  Water
  •  Force and Work   
  •  Simple Machines
  •  Plants
  • The Scientific Metho 
Social Studies
York Suburban School District promotes the study of PA history, with interwoven strands of government and economics.
Throughout the year third grade students will be engaged in the following topics:
PA History
  •  Natives
  •  Early Settlers
  •  William Penn
  •  York, Continental Congress
  • Local government
  • State government
  • Laws
  • Elections
  •  Maps
  •  Globes
  • Oceans
  •  Pennsylvania
  • York
  • Business
  • Jobs
  • Goods and services
York Suburban School District promotes the use of technology to support and enrich existing curriculum.
In third grade, students will be provided with opportunities to improve computer skills in the following areas:
  • keyboarding - home row, proper finger placement and capital letters
  • graphing - table setup, creating a graph and titling the graph
  • researching - Internet sites
  • word processing - tab, centering, font size and color
  • drawing - adding borders, graphics and text boxes to documents
  • computer procedures - saving to network folder, task bars, menu bar
  • grade level curriculum support software




The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.