McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter  1 / 3rd Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan





Physical Education


Week 3


I can


Speculate on the function or purpose of a work of art and make connections to culture.


Locate and discuss art present in the local community and beyond such as town monuments, architecture, stained glass, sculpture, murals, and advertisements.

Sing rounds and songs with ostinatos.


Echo melodic and rhythmic patterns.


Play given pitch patterns on a mallet instrument, keyboard, or recorder.


Play instruments in a group with a steady beat, appropriate dynamics, and correct technique.

Select and participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity in physical education class and during after school time.

Week 9


I can…

Solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction of whole numbers within 1000.


Read and write whole numbers up to 10,000. Use words, models, standard form and expanded form to represent and show equivalent forms of whole numbers up to 10,000.


Compare two whole numbers up to 10,000 using >, =, and < symbols.


Solve two-step real-world problems using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Use place value understanding to round 2- and 3-digit whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.


Tell and write time to the nearest minute from analog clocks, using a.m. and p.m., and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve real-world problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes.


Find the value of any collection of coins and bills. Write amounts less than a dollar using the Ę symbol and write larger amounts using the $ symbol in the form of dollars and cents (e.g., $4.59). Solve real-world problems to determine whether there is enough money to make a purchase.

Week 6


I can


Describe clues found in a work of art or artifact that determine if the work is old or new.


Respond to art based on personal preferences and listen to other perspectives of members of the art community (historians, critics, philosophers, curators).

Improvise a rhythmic accompaniment to a song.


Perform a composition with opportunities for free improvisation at various intervals.


Identify and sing or play steps and skips in notated pitch patterns.


Interpret notated music through visual, aural, and kinesthetic means.

Work cooperatively with others to obtain common goals in a game situation.


Participate in self-assessments and formal fitness assessments.


Week 3

I can

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Week 9


I can

Demonstrate evidence of critique, reflection, and revision in creating artwork.


Demonstrate respect for personal work and the work of others.


Demonstrate safe and proper use, care, and storage of media, materials, and equipment.

Use musical terms to describe music through activities such as creation of a word bank.


Explain personal preferences for various styles of music using appropriate terminology.


Select and play a classroom instrument to describe an object or interpret a concept in a picture or literary work.


Investigate the use of music for special occasions and celebrations, both in the United States and across world cultures.

Demonstrate mature fundamental locomotor and manipulative movement skills with variations.


Describe various balance forms utilizing base of support concepts.

Week 6

I can

Identify types of simple machines and their uses.  Investigate and build simple machines to understand how they are used.

Week 9

I can

Identify a simple problem with the design of an object that reflects a need or a want.  Include criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Social Studies

Week 3

I can

1-Identify and describe Native American Woodland Indians who lived in the region when European settlers arrived.  2-Describe how Native Americans and early settlers of Indiana adapted to and modified their environment to survive.  3-Explain why and how the local community was established and identify its founders and early settlers.

Week 6

I can

1-Describe the role of the local community and other communities in the development of the state’s regions.  2-Give examples of people, events and developments that brought important changes to your community and the region where your community is located.  3-Create simple timelines that identify important events in various regions of the state.

Week 9

I can

1-Distinguish between fact and fiction in historical accounts by comparing documentary sources on historical figures and events with fictional characters and events in stories.  2-Use a variety of resources to gather information about your region’s communities; identify factors that make the region unique, including cultural diversity, industry, the arts and architecture.  3-Define immigration and explain how immigration enriches community.  Describe how your community has changed over time and how it has stayed the same.


Note: Each column uses different text styles (Regular, Italic, Bold, Underlined) to differentiate concepts.     Language Arts & Reading

3rd Grade – Reading Wonders, Unit 1               Big Idea: Growing and Learning                       How can learning help us grow?


Weekly Concept &

Essential Questions


Text Features,

Literary Element


Comprehension: Strategies, Skills, & Fluency

Phonics: Awareness, Spelling Skill, Structural Analysis

Vocabulary Words, Domain Words,

Academic Words, Strategies


Trait, Research,

About Reading


Skill & Mechanics

Research & Inquiry



What can stories teach you?

Fantasy, Fable



Character, Setting, Plot: Character



Short Vowels a, i

Word Families

ached, concentrate, discovery, educated, effort, improved, inspired, satisfied

fantasy, expression, moral

Context Clues: Synonyms


Ideas/Focus on an Event

Write an Analysis

Write an Opinion (Character, Setting Plot)

Sentences and Fragments


Capitalization and Punctuation

Weekly: Research Aesop's fables



What can traditions teach you about cultures?

Realistic Fiction, Expository Text



Character, Setting, Plot: Sequence



Short Vowels e, o, u

Inflectional Endings

celebrate, courage, disappointment, precious, pride, remind, symbol, tradition


Context Clues: Synonyms

Word Choice/Descriptive Details

Write an Analysis

Write an Analysis (Character, Setting, Plot)

Commands and Exclamations

Punctuation in Commands and Exclamations

Weekly: Research contributions of different cultures



How do people from different cultures contribute to a community?

 Narrative Nonfiction, Expository Text, Biography


Headings, Map

Ask and Answer Questions


Text Structure: Sequence



Final e

Inflectional Endings: Drop Final e

admires, classmate, community, contribute, practicing, pronounce, scared, tumble


celebrate, symbols, traditions

Compound Words



Write a Description

Write an Analysis (Sequence of Events)


Complete Sentences and Fragments

Weekly: Research community resources



How can problem solving lead to new ideas?

Biography, Expository Text


Diagrams, Sidebars

Ask and Answer Questions


Text Structure: Cause and Effect



Long a Spellings

Plurals -s and -es

design, encouraged, examine, invention, quality, simple, solution, substitutes

examine, solution, bailed, boiler, patent


Word Choice


Write an Action Plan

Write an Analysis (Text Features)


Complete Sentences

Weekly: Research problem solving skills



How do landmarks help us understand our country’s story?

Expository Text


Captions, Map, Sidebar

Ask and Answer Questions


Main Idea and Key Details


Accuracy and Phrasing

Long o: o, ow, o_e, oa, oe

Compound Words

carved, clues, grand, landmark, massive, monument, national, traces

landmark, monument

Context Clues: Multiple-Meaning Words

Sentence Fluency/
Sentence Types


Write a Report

Write an Analysis

Simple and Compound Sentences

Punctuate Simple and Compound Sentences

Weekly: Research famous landmarks


Unit Research & Inquiry               Research: Choosing a Research Topic               Project: Self-select and develop from weekly research options for unit research projects

McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter 1 / 3rd Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan