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Course Description


Third grade is a crucial time when children start to master communication skills. As students have refined their vocabularies and writing techniques, teachers can provide them with the activities, guidance and space to strengthen those skills to communicate their thoughts and feelings.

Third graders begin to master basic academic skills and become stronger in their cognitive abilities. This is a good time for teachers to keep in mind new scientific research showing that passive lecturing should not dominate the classroom structure. While there are times instructors need to impart certain information to the entire classroom, teachers really need to re-think how that information is delivered.

What some call an "active" or "interactive" style of teaching allows students to consider and reflect on the information provided, experiment with the new knowledge, and share their own ideas and approaches. Throughout this course, we provide tips and activities for active teaching, in each of eight academic areas: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, music, and drama.

We also provide highlights of national common core standards in each of the academic areas, as well as overview of relevant curriculum and teaching theories. This course is designed to provide general information about third grade curriculum; teachers should keep in mind that each state and each school district maintain their own standards and requirements.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: 3rd Grade Overview

Lesson 2: Creating Curriculum

Lesson 3: Reading & English Usage

Lesson 4: Writing

Lesson 5: Mathematics

Lesson 6: Science

Lesson 7: Social Studies

Lesson 8: Art

Lesson 9: Music and Movement

Lesson 10: Dramatic Arts

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. An assignment will be included in several of the lessons. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what the third grade curriculum requirements are.
  • Describe the processes for creating curriculum.
  • Identify and develop curriculum needs for reading and English usage, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Identify and develop curriculum needs for art, music, movement, and the dramatic arts, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:149

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