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Third Grade Curriculum

Third grade instructional programs in Palo Alto schools are committed to helping each child meet the academic and intellectual competencies expected at this grade level and become active, engaged learners in a classroom setting. The following summary of the instructional program provides an overview of the third grade year. The third grade program builds on the skills and knowledge children have learned in preceding years. It encourages critical thinking, creativity and respect for self and others. The manner of instruction-motivation, grouping, pacing, reinforcing and reteaching-is determined by each teacher as he or she works to meet individual student needs. Expectations are, of course, modified or expanded to meet a child's needs and abilities.

Curriculum standards are what all grade-level students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a school year. Key standards of third grade education are highlighted below. All K-5 teachers will continue efforts to fully implement the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by making strategic instructional shifts in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Instruction will be adjusted to best meet the needs of all students.