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Grade 3 Curriculum

Our curriculum prescribes a well integrated, balanced, & holistic learning experience for our blooming 3rd graders. Third grade is an important turning point in elementary school, where learners  show greater inclination towards autonomy, independent thinking, & self understanding. Our curriculum aligns well with this transition, providing many opportunities for children to go deep and wide in learning, through independent & group explorations, inquiry, problem solving, fact finding, and discussions.

Our comprehensive curriculum integrates the best practices, & learning themes of standard curricula, and syllabi across the world. In addition, our curriculum is adaptable and flexible to address the challenges, and opportunities of online/digital learning and hybrid learning. With provisions for differentiation, and personalization, our curriculum stands out as a truly global, 21st century education platform, which is much needed in a post pandemic era.

Academic learning in grade 3 is well complimented with holistic & adaptive assessments, co-curricular and extra curricular learning activities, and flexible, adaptable, & multiple intelligence learning methods, thus nourishing the scholastic, social & emotional, leadership, life skills, and character development of our bloomers.

What We Learn

Listening and speaking are enhanced by bigger chunks of language such as stories narratives and poems. Activities like role play etc. engage the children with the language.

Learning Outcomes:

Tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate and relevant facts

Give descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace

Speak clearly in front of an audience using volume and pitch suited to the purpose and respond to questions asked

Explain thinking and feeling in well-structured statements and responses.

Narrate stories / recite poems aloud with expression for enjoyment

Use grammatically correct language and specific vocabulary to communicate ideas and supporting details

Engage in drama/role play & debate activities

Take dictation of short stories and notes in class

Listening comprehension – ability to comprehend audio content with different diction, pacing, and dialect.

Determine main ideas and supporting details of a text or information presented in different media and formats

Read and comprehend grade-level fictional, non fictional text & poetry with fluency, and engage in critical/high order thinking (raising questions & finding answers).

Learning Outcomes:

Asks and answers questions, using text evidence for support, to show understanding

Describes characters and explains how their actions affect the story

Distinguishes own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters

Compares and contrasts stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters

Reads aloud and comprehends grade level literature(prose & poetry) independently and proficiently (with fluency and expression).

  Extend decoding skills to tackle more complex words, e.g. unusual spelling patterns.

      Knows and applies grade level phonics and word analysis skills in reading words

     Recognize different forms of poetry.

Use dictionaries to find the meanings of words.

Draw simple inferences about events in a story, such as how a character might be feeling.

Make predictions about what might happen next in a story.

Summarize ideas from several paragraphs of writing.

Find and record information from nonfiction texts

Take part in discussions about reading and books

Write with a sense of purpose that is drawn from personal experience, opinions, factual understanding & imagination. Engage in practicing 6 traits of writing, and generate various forms of writing (narrative, explanatory, opinion, informative persuasion, letters & poetry) using grammatically correct language, well organized ideas, choice of words & sentences that convey the voice (intent and expression) of the writer

Learning Outcomes:

Writes opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons

Writes informational texts to convey ideas and information clearly

Writes narratives to develop real or imagined events with descriptive details and clear event sequences

Conducts short research projects that build knowledge about a topic

Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words with one central idea that introduces a topic.

Conducts research on a topic, organize ideas & information as bullets, subheadings, paragraphs, main and supporting details and conclusion, when writing.

Write a simple letter (to a parent, friend, relative etc.)

Review own work to make improvements, including editing for spelling errors.  

Read others’ writing and suggest possible improvements.

Vocabulary, grammar, mechanics learning is supplemented with the introduction of dictionaries. They distinguish between various uses of language functions.

Learning Outcomes:

Understand the concept of subject and predicate

Learn to use collective nouns and material nouns

Understand and apply the functions of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in general and their use in a particular sentence

Form and use regular and irregular and plural nouns, forms and uses simple tenses (past, present, future);
learn the use of adjectives and their kinds.

Distinguish between definite and indefinite articles and their appropriate use

Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

Use vocabulary in context appropriate to their age level.

Learn to use an apostrophe to show singular possession and know the difference between plurals and possessives.

Learn to use prefixes and suffixes.

Edit and revise paragraphs – fixing grammatical and punctuational errors and replacing with well formed sentences and better choice of words.

Comprehend properties of numbers – place value, increasing series, number representations and manipulations (sorting, rounding & comparison). Deeper understanding and fluency of numeric operations (add, sub, multiplication, & division) – learn algorithms(different methods), properties & application of operation

Learning Outcomes

Fluency with numbers up to 10000, ability to compare & sort 4 digit numbers using place value.

Fluently Add and subtract within 1000, with & without regrouping and apply that to solve word problems.

3 digit multiplications and 2 digits division using grouping and multiplication tables.

Fluent with multiplication tables up to 12.

Understand relationship between addition & subtraction, division & multiplication,  addition & multiplication and division & subtraction

Understand identity, commutative, associative, & distributive properties of addition and multiplication and apply them to ease mental computations by reordering operations.

Understand rounding, round to nearest tens, hundreds, and apply rounding to compute fast mentally.

Mental computations of sum, difference and product using various round off strategies

Learn abstraction and generalization using numbers and operations. Create and apply abstract representations to solve problems – understanding equations, coming up with equations and solving equations to determine the unknown.

Learning Outcomes

Create abstractions using numbers and number properties.

Learn to read and write equations for a given problem – understand the concept of variable to represent the unknown

Apply equations to solve problems involving additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions.

Guess or estimate the range of the unknown number in an equation mentally.

Geometric thinking – understanding 2D and 3D shapes, representations, and their properties & patterns. Visualizing shapes, rotations, symmetry, and regularity aspects of objects.

Learning Outcomes

Basic understanding of position coordinates, ability to measure the X and Y distance between two points.

Understand straight and curved lines and applications.

Learn properties of representative 2D and 3D shapes and identify them in real world.

Learn about different polygons and common properties of polygons

Area and Perimeter of squares and rectangles and composite shapes.

Learn applications & solve area and perimeter problems

Understand rotation, flipping, and symmetry of objects using visualizations and object manipulation.

Develop greater understanding of measurement – what, why, and how.  Learn about measuring units, tools, making estimations & solving measurement problems.

Learning Outcomes

Estimate and measure length, and distance using standard units (cm, m, &km).

Learn unit conversions and practice better distance and length estimations in real world.

Estimate and weigh objects using simple balance in standard units (gm, Kg)

Learn unit conversions and practice better distance and length estimations using real world examples.

Compare the capacity of different containers in terms of non uniform units;

Read time correctly and learn estimating task time using real world tasks.

Ability to estimate difference between two time stamps in years, months, days and hours.

Understanding why, what, and how we collect data for a purpose, handling data – reading graphic representation of data, recording data, and making inferences from data

Learning Outcomes

Read data pictographs, vertical, and horizontal bar graphs

Understand concept of scale in data representations

Create or extend visual data representations

Understand and interpret various forms of data

Solve problems, reading & making inferences from data.

Understanding why, what, and how we collect data for a purpose, handling data – reading graphic representation of data, recording data, and making inferences from data

Learning Outcomes

Read data pictographs, vertical, and horizontal bar graphs

Understand concept of scale in data representations

Create or extend visual data representations

Understand and interpret various forms of data

Solve problems, reading & making inferences from data.

In this extended theme, we review our understanding of fractions as a part of a whole, learn more properties of fractions, and operating on fractions. Extending the same theme to comprehend percentages – as a part of the magic number 100.

Learning Outcomes

Building fluency in comprehension of 1 part fractions, numerators and denominators

Compare, add and subtract like fractions

Compare unlike fractions through visualization

Comprehend percentage as a fraction with denominator 100 and numerator less than 100.

Apply and solve problems related to fractions and percentages.

Extending the concepts of data handling & patterns, to understand statistics – analyzing data using patterns and properties (mean, median, domain, and range of data). Understanding probability as predicting outcomes from data patterns.

Learning Outcomes

Learn basic concepts – mean, median, domain and range of numeric data.

Apply statistics to analyze data and make inferences.

  Comprehend probability/chance of events using data sets.

  Predict & compare  probability of events based on numerical data.

Classify and discriminate living and non living things, learn & understand human body organs & systems, learn about birds, insects & plants their parts, functions of various parts and adaptations. Understand the food chain producers, predators & preys. Learn about fossils and nature and nurture.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to classify & discriminate through observation – living and non living things, differentiate between living things.

Learn about internal and external organs of human body, the important functions (breathing, digestion, moving, thinking etc..) supporting life, and the systems and organs that perform those functions in our body.

Understand the characteristics and adaptations of birds through observation and reading

Understand the characteristics and adaptations of insects through observation and reading

Develop greater understanding of the different types of plants, functions, characteristics and adaptations of flowers, leaves, stems, roots, seeds and so on parts of the plant

Comprehend the concept of food chain – understanding interdependence of various life forms on each other and the environment.

Understand that different life forms existed long ago through fossils, and evolution of life in response to changes in environment

Observe and understand the influence of nature and nurture on animals and humans.

Matter and its states – observable properties of solids, liquids and gases. Properties of water, dissolving, sinking and floating. Force and its effect on object motion (go, stop, change direction) and applications. Understanding magnets, magnetic force and applications.

Learning Outcomes

Classify objects in daily life as solids, liquids and gases and understand salient properties of each

Understand properties of water as a liquid, how water interacts with other objects – what makes objects sink or float. What dissolves in water and what doesn’t

Understand how matter changes forms, water forms and processes (evaporation, condensation & so on) and water cycle that supports life.

Identify types of forces and how force effects object motion and form

Properties and applications of magnets.

Distinguish between climate and weather,  factors influencing climate and weather of a place. Understand how climate and weather impact life. Causes and reducing impact of natural hazards such as floods, earth quakes, volcanoes, wild fires and so on. Describe the movement of the planets, including Earth around the Sun and the movement of the Moon around the Earth and the impact of these moments (day and night, seasons, moon cycle, eclipses & so on).  Learn about sun and solar energy.

Learning Outcomes

Differentiate aspects of weather and climate & factors influencing each and why different places have different climate and what causes weather changes.

Learn more about natural hazards – causes, impact and mitigation using examples

Comprehend the impact of rotation and revolution and moon cycles.

      Understand how sun supports life and know more about solar energy.

Learn how to devise experiments and conduct investigations and observations. Apply scientific thinking to make inferences from data collected from experiments and investigations.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to follow step by step instructions when conducting experiments and investigations

Comprehend the aim of an experiment or investigation, how and what parameters impact the results

Record and organize data collected from experiments, investigations, and observations.

Make inferences about working of systems, determine impacting factors using recorded data

Ability to correlate findings (analysis, inferences) from experiments, observations and investigations and arrive at scientific conclusions.

Geographic regions of the seven continents, learn about waterbodies and landforms – rivers, oceans, lakes, mountains, desserts, valleys, islands, and  so on using representative examples. Understand how geography impacts human life – culture, economy, life style, migration and so on. Understanding maps.

Learning Outcomes:

  How to read maps, geographic tools, terms, etc.

  Earth’s features and locating specific places on a map

  Learn about latitude and longitude

      Understand geographical attributes of the seven continents

  Landforms and bodies of water

  Knowledge of major countries of the world.

What is history and why learn it? Understand chronology and study salient features of ancient civilizations.

Learning Outcomes

Read and comprehend historical information as it relates to ancient civilizations

What is an event, civilization, & time period in the context of history, understand the idea and importance of recording events, and civilizations, and their chronology

Basics of economics – learn about producers and consumers, goods and services, trade, money and transportation.

Learning Outcomes

Develop context and understanding of economy as it applies to a region, state, country or the entire world.

Understand factors impacting economy

Understand influence of economy on human life.

Learn about environment and the natural and man-made factors impacting it. What  is a government – its organization and responsibilities Understand the definition of culture, what factors influence the culture of a place.

Learning Outcomes

Comprehend the similarities and differences of various cultures

Understand factors influencing culture.

Difference between rural, suburban, and urban regions

     Learn basics of governance

** Second Languages options include – Telugu, Hindi, French and Spanish

Ability to express ideas and answers clearly using grammatically correct sentences and using a variety of choice of words. Comprehend narrative and explanatory prose and poetry of greater complexity. Recite poems and engage in dramatic play.

Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Reading grade level prose and poetry with fluency. Understand the context, setting, theme, characters, details, supporting details, conclusion/message of stories and narratives.

Writing and Grammar

Write grammatically correct, meaningful and expressive sentences using a variety of words in paragraphs and essays.  Understand nouns, verbs, sentence structure, gender, plural, punctuations and word meanings.

Specific language learning outcomes and themes to be added soon.

Learn about computing devices, hardware and software and troubleshooting

Learning Outcomes:

Identify input, output devices of a computer

Explain the working of a computer using an IPO model

Explain the need of software and hardware to send, receive, process and store information as bits.

Understand the software stack – the role of the operating system, drivers and applications.

Computers need physical or wireless networks to send and receive information. A set of protocols ensure smooth and secure communication between computers

Learning Outcomes:

Understand how computers send communicate with each other

Comprehend the scale of networks and the speed of communication required to accomplish tasks on the internet using examples

High-level understanding of communication protocols, and how messages travel as bits (1s and 0s) on wired and wireless networks

Comprehend how and why messages need to be secured when traveling from one computer to another on the internet.

Explore different types of data and understand the need to collect, store, process, visualize and make inferences from data.

Learning Outcomes:

Comprehend how everything can be considered as data – personal details, school information, songs, videos, books, and more

Understand different types of data – text, numeric, and mixed

Engage in data collection, processing, visualization,  and inferring exercise with simple data and understand how computers collect, process, store data and help us understand and make decisions & predictions using data.

Think computationally and come up with algorithms and programs for many tasks relevant to daily life. Learn about algorithms & programming with practice

Learning Outcomes

Ability to write algorithms and flow charts for a variety of tasks involving variables, control loops and conditionals.

Understand there can be more than one algorithm (method) to accomplish a task and they can differ in speed, scale, or resources required

Translate algorithms to visual block code and execute programs

Learn programmatic constructs for using variables, control loops and conditionals.

Understand the need to design programs and aspects of modularity and testing.

Comprehend the day to day tasks enabled by computing and the larger systems enabled by computing and how it impacts life – our culture, laws, interactions & so on.

Learning Outcomes:

Develop an understanding of the ubiquity of computing to accomplish micro and macro level tasks.

Ability to map out how computing has enabled and brought many things into the realm of possibility for us.

Understand how computing has changed the way we work, communicate, entertain, learn, and conduct business.

Develop self understanding – awareness of one’s own thoughts & emotions and management of behavior to achieve school and life success.

Learning Outcomes:

Identify and name feelings

Practice strategies to manage emotions & behavior

Identify personal interests and skills and seek support to nurture them

Stays focused on tasks and completes them in a timely manner

Determine and set short term goals for success in school with support

Work towards goal while self monitoring progress with teacher support

Understand, connect & collaborate with others (peers & teachers) and develop positive relationships.

Learning Outcomes:

Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others – infer how other may feel and perceive by following visual and verbal cues

Use communication and social skills to interact and work effectively with others one to one or in a group.

Making and keeping friends

Recognize other person in what ways someone is different from ourselves and learn how to effectively work with  those who are different from us

Develop empathy and ability to relate to others feelings and perspectives.

Describe causes of conflicts & consequences of conflicts & apply constructive approaches in resolving conflicts in the classroom.

Demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways.

Making good and responsible choices, that contribute to personal and community success and wellbeing

Learning Outcomes:

Understand the steps in making good decisions

Evaluate the pros and cons of the choices we make to ourselves, our family, friends, classroom, community and so on.

Understand how individual choices can impact the collective (our family or class, or school etc)

Observe, understand & reproduce the lines, size, shape and scale of objects visually. Understanding effect of colors & texture to the theme. Composition – learning how to organize objects in space and their interaction.

Learning Outcomes:

Daw and paint different shapes of different sizes on paper & make shapes of different sizes with clay and play dough.

Identify and draw lines namely; straight, curved, smooth, crooked, vertical and horizontal  with precision.

Make images of objects, animals, trees, etc., using lines and shapes;

Identify the differences in sizes of objects, trees, buildings, and create 2-D drawings and 3-D representation;

Drawing and painting images of their liking from immediate surroundings and color them appropriately

Create secondary colors and their shades by mixing primary colors

Identify neutral colors and use them for creating tones

Identify and name different textures and surfaces of household objects, flowers, fruits, fabric, & more.

Create new textures by mixing and pasting, different mediums and materials

Identify different compositions of their liking from the immediate surroundings

Arrange different shapes, objects, images on paper (2 D space) and on ground/slab/corner (3D spaces)

Draw / paint compositions on themes, such as; myself, my family, my school, park where I play

Developing an understanding  different tools and techniques used for experiencing visual arts through practice, observation & experimentation. Promote understanding of the relationship of tools and materials with that of techniques. Learn and use appropriate names and terms related to art techniques, shades of colors, accessories, mediums and materials. Observe, experience and develop understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation of the beauty and intricacies of artistic expression.

Learning Outcomes

Identify, name & explore different tools and techniques, such as; round brushes, flat brushes, scissors, roller/rolling pin, drawing, painting, printing, clay modeling, spray painting, origami, construction, paper craft, and so on

Create art work using age appropriate tools

Practice different techniques, such as hand painting, thumb painting, blow painting, block printing, tearing pasting, paper folding, clay modeling with coil, slab and pressing and pinching

Differentiate between painting and printing, soft and hard brushes, between coil technique and slab techniques

Narrate art experiences using appropriate vocabulary

Appreciate nature and natural objects; such as trees, plants, flowers, animals, lakes, sea beaches, rivers, mountains, clouds, wind, rain, sun and moon, sky, parks, butterflies etc.

Respond to the different kinds of artifacts

Narrate their experiences of the art museum, by describing artifacts

Fundamentals of music, different forms of music, terminology. Learn about musical instruments, voice (singing) & basic music notations

Learning Outcomes:

Understand fundamentals (rhythm, pitch & lyric) of music

Identify and differentiate various forms of music

Read basic music notations

Differentiate musical notes when played on an instrument.

Know the different types of musical instruments.

Sing and or play simple songs on a musical instrument of choice

Learn about various forms of dance, its history and purpose. Understand dance as a body and mind art through practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Able to perform basic steps and posture in a dance form of choice.

Understand the fundamentals of all dance forms – body awareness, expression, posture, balance, and grace

Ability to understand the expression, and appreciate a dance performance.

Understand the intricacies of performing on stage – how you present and engage the audience.

Learn about script, stage/setting, props, dialogues, narrators, characters, acts, rehearsals, and scenes in drama.

Learning Outcomes

Learn history and purpose of drama

Understand how drama is different from a movie/film

Enact ( a mono act) using props and dialogues

Learn about the mechanics of a live drama.

Watch and appreciate dramas of different genre

Developing self awareness, and mindful attention, by practicing mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful art, mindful body scan and more activities.

Learning Outcomes:

Improve attention span, attention to detail, and focus

Being kind toward self and others

Recognizing and managing situations causing stress

Improved ability to focus on one thing.

Practice relaxation and calming techniques

      Embracing growth mindset

Understand the importance of physical activity and demonstrate their willingness and enjoyment of by being active in a variety of ways

Learning Outcomes:

Apply physical fitness concepts and practices that contribute to healthy, active living – participating in a variety of physical activities daily.

Ability to articulate the enjoyment and health benefits we reap in physical activity

Measure one’s physical activity and understand that one can stretch their physical endurance/stamina through practice

Set personal goals for physical fitness and work towards them.

Demonstrate behaviors and apply procedures that maximize safety and lessen the risk of injury, for themselves and others during physical activity (e.g., self-monitoring, being in control of themselves and aware of their surroundings, cooperating with others, abiding by rules and playing fair, communicating positively to help others be safe, using equipment appropriately both in class and on the playground)

Perform movement skills, applying movement concepts and strategies

Learning Outcomes:

Perform controlled transitions between static positions, using different body parts and shapes and different levels, with and without equipment

Demonstrate the ability to jump for distance or height, using two-foot and one-foot take-offs, while remaining in control

Perform a variety of locomotor movements with and without equipment,, moving at different levels, using different pathways, and traveling in different directions

Send and receive objects of different shapes and sizes in different ways, using different body parts, at different levels.

Strategizing movement – sequencing & appropriate use of body strength, balance, & weight.

Understanding health concepts, personal safety and injury prevention, addictions & related behavior, eating healthy and making healthy choices

Learning Outcomes:

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of wholesome nutrition for good health and make conscious choice when eating.

Reflect on external factors, including environmental factors, that may contribute to experiencing a range of strong feelings, including uncomfortable feelings such as worry and identify ways to manage these feelings

Apply their understanding of good safety practices by developing safety guidelines for a variety of places and situations outside the classroom, including online

We learn the basics – the theme, rules, strategies of team and individual sports like basket ball, soccer, cricket, tennis, and ping pong ball. We practice the basic drills of each sport and familiarize ourselves and build comfort with the sport

Learning Outcomes:

Children learn and practice a variety of gross motor and balancing skills as they engage in sport drills

Understand the basics rules (how to play, teams, scoring) of each sport

Build physical fitness, familiarity and comfort with sport by practicing drills

Recognize their favorite sport as they practice drills.

Learn the importance of team work, sportsmanship, safety, and practice for sporting success.

Children learn what is effective communication, why it is important; and learn strategies for making good presentations and communicating with power. 

Learning Outcome:

Present a topic of interest using slides in class – effectively conveying the ideas and information.

Demonstrate an understanding of effective written and oral presentations – how to engage your audience and convey your ideas effectively

Create a well organized presentation using a power point template – consisting of title, introduction, details & summary/conclusion

Ability to create effective presentation using grammatically correct sentences and grade appropriate language & vocabulary skills

Develop a practice of putting together content as a presentation and talking through it in class

Leading is being responsible, staying curious, to prioritize and make decisions. We learn how to make a difference, and leave your mark in 3rd grade

Learning Outcomes:

We learn self awareness and develop self understanding and lead ourselves in our personal experiences – communicate our thoughts & feelings, learn to be assertive and advocate for ourselves when needed

We joyfully explore asking questions, seeking out new knowledge.

We learn to be patient, embrace not knowing.

We observe & show interest in everything and everyone and listen.

We set smart goals, work towards achieving them – with practice, recognizing & resolving roadblocks & conflicts and seeking help when needed.

We learn to prioritize and make good choices and decisions.

We reach out to help, and seek help from others.

We seek to understand larger problems, and contribute our share to make a difference.