3rd Grade School Work and Learning Material

In the 3rd grade, you child will probably be required to complete assignments for all subjects, including English/language arts, math, science and social studies. Keep reading to find out how you can help your child at home.

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What 3rd Graders Learn

When students are in the 3rd grade, they typically learn to read fluently, comprehend various types of texts, solve advanced math problems and explore new topics in science and social studies. Every school has a different 3rd grade curriculum, but if you want to know exactly what school work your 3rd grader is responsible for, you should ask his or her teacher or check the district website. Most curriculums are based on the Common Core State Standards, so becoming familiar with them can be quite helpful.

There are many learning materials that you can use at home to help your child. Some can be relatively expensive, while others are free. Education stores, libraries, learning centers and the Internet are all solid resources. The Internet is useful for finding learning materials, like worksheets, tests, quizzes, lesson plans, games, activities and more. You can also create your own school work and learning materials at home for your 3rd grader.

English/Language Arts

In English/language arts, 3rd graders are expected to apply reading strategies, read fluently, identify types of literature and write organized texts with proper grammar. To help your 3rd grader, give him or her fun reading assignments separate from schoolwork. These assignments should be based on your child's interests and you can read them as well. Upon finishing these assignments, have discussions with your child to increase comprehension and critical thought. You can also have your child write his or her thoughts about the text.


In 3rd grade math, students are expected to learn math facts, multiply and divide, understand measurement, recognize common polygons, solve word problems and more. There are a wide variety of math activities you can do with your child at home. For the memorization of multiplication facts, for example, it can be helpful to create a chart with your child. There are many free multiplication fact charts available online that you can base it on.


In 3rd grade science class, students typically learn about the Earth, environment, matter and astronomy. Even if there's no science fair coming up, you can complete a science project at home with your child. For example, you could cut two flowers and find out if they last longer in warm or cold water. By adding food coloring to the water, you can test how quickly the flowers are 'drinking' the water. By analyzing this, you and your child can determine the flowers' probable lifespan.

Social Studies

In social studies, students typically learn about U.S. history, geography and different world cultures. Because social studies isn't always required at this level and standardized tests in social studies are rare in the 3rd grade, curriculums can vary widely. A great way to get started with your child at home is by hanging a map of the U.S. in a prominent place. Go over the states with your child regularly and eventually give him or her a blank U.S. map. Have your child fill in the names of all of the states that he or she can remember in the correct locations.

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