• 3rd Grade Curricular Outline (Website a Work in Progress)

    Literacy (English/Language Arts)

    The Kirkwood School District philosophy of Balanced Literacy is comprised of K-2 Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, K-2 Shared Reading, K-5 Language and Word Study, K-5 Reading Workshop, K-5 Writing Workshop and K-5 Read Aloud. We strongly believe in a workshop approach to support student learning. The primary K-5 resources used by teachers to support reading and writing instruction are the Units of Study, authored by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.


    • Module 1Building a Readerly Life
    • Module 2: Foundational Skills in Disguise
    • Module 3: Reading to Learn - Grasping Main Ideas & Text Features
    • Module 4: Learning Through Reading - Country of the World
    • Module 5: Character Studies
    • Module 6: Research Clubs


    • Module 1: Crafting True Stories
    • Module 2: Poetry
    • Module 3: The Art of Information Writing
    • Module 4: Changing the World - Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, & Editorials
    • Module 5: Once Upon a Time - Adapting & Writing Fairy Tales
    • Module 6: Writing About Research


    In Grade 3 instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two- dimensional shapes. In addition, students use place value understanding to add and subtract within 1000, and solve problems involving measurement data that they collect and analyze.

    • Module 1Early Multiplication             
    • Module 2: Addition, Subtraction, & Place Value
    • Module 3: Multiplication and Division
    • Module 4: Number Sense and Operations in Fractions
    • Module 5: Data & Measurement   
    • Module 6Geometry & Measurement
    • Module 7: Multiplication and Division - Working with Larger Numbers