Third Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level.

3rd Grade Qur’an

  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

3rd Grade Islamic Studies

  • Daily duas
  • Stories and lessons from the lives of the Prophets of Allah
  • Prayer

3rd Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

3rd Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.


Grammar in 3rd grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their written and oral communication instruction. In 3rd grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, personal letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative/realistic fiction, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

3rd Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Stewart Little
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Treasury of Islamic Tales by Khurram Murad:
    • The Brave Boy
    • The Persecutor Comes Home
    • The Wise Poet
    • The Long Search
    • The Desert Chief
    • The Longing Heart

3rd Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Peter Pan
  • A Little Princess
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • The Railway Children
  • The Boxcar Children (Book 1)

3rd Grade Social Studies

  • History of San Francisco including Ohlone history, exploration of Missions, Rancho Communities, Pioneers and the Gold Rush

3rd Grade Math

  • Place value, groups of hundreds, tens and ones
  • Estimate sums, differences and products
  • Identify and establish rules for triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Characteristics of angles, sorting them into obtuse, acute and right angles
  • Three-dimensional figures
  • Perimeter in both regular and irregular shapes
  • Graphs, data collection
  • Read charts and tables to make predictions

3rd Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • Investigating Questions
  • The Engineering Process
  • Plants and Animals
  • Ecosystems and Interactions
  • Changes to Earth’s Surface
  • People and Resources
  • Water and Weather
  • Earth and Its Moon
  • Matter
  • Simple and Compound Machines

3rd Grade Art

  • Line, shape, color, space, form, texture and value
  • Fiber arts: Sewing, felting, weaving, knitting

3rd Grade Drama & Theater

  • Class theater performance in Language Arts Enrichment
  • Sing nasheeds in the morning assembly
  • Play instruments, sing, movement
  • Listen, create
  • Performance and reflection

3rd Grade PE

  • Specific skill development such as passing, dribbling, shooting, catching
  • Rules and strategies
  • Fair Play
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