McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter  4 / 3rd Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan





Physical Education


Week 3


I can


Identify the roles of artists, docents, guards, technology experts, and curators at museums and galleries.

Visit local museums, exhibits, art performances, and experience visiting artists in the school.


Follow the cues of a conductor.

Improvise a short composition using various sounds in response to the direction of a teacher or student conductor.

Improvise appropriate rhythmic movement to accompany a song or instrumental piece.

Use voices and instruments to improvise appropriate sound effects or accompaniments to a poem or short story.

Arrange a melody utilizing various vocal or instrumental sounds with available electronic sources.

Demonstrate movement skills and patterns following specific rhythms.

Define and develop the five components of health-related physical fitness.

Week 9


I can…

Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions (e.g., 1/2 = 2/4). Explain why the fractions are equivalent.

Compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size based on the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions.

Represent a fraction, 1/b, on a number line by defining the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole, and partitioning it into b equal parts. Recognize that each part has size 1/b and that the endpoint of the part based at 0 locates the number 1/b on the number line.

Represent a fraction, a/b, on a number line by marking off lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b, and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.

Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, based on the same whole or the same point on a number line.

Create scaled picture graphs, scaled bar graphs, and frequency tables to represent a data set—including data collected through observations, surveys, and experiments—with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems regarding the data and make predictions based on the data.

Solve real-world problems involving whole number multiplication and division within 100 in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities.

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

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

Identify and describe the following: cube, sphere, prism, pyramid, cone, and cylinder.

Week 6


I can


Discuss questions about art and recognize that various cultures have different beliefs about beauty and art.

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

Identify themes and symbols in works of art from various cultures, ethnicities, and historical periods.

Plan simple orchestrations to accompany readings and dramatizations using available instruments or electronic sound sources.

Identify and explain the dynamic markings forte, mezzo forte, piano, mezzo piano, crescendo and diminuendo (decrescendo).

Identify and explain the musical symbols for fermata, octave, and D.C. al fine.

Identify and describe AB, ABA, and rondo forms using movement and symbols.


Describe and demonstrate examples of the five components of health-related physical fitness.

Encourage classmates who demonstrate difficulty with skill performance.


Week 3

I can

Analyze evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

Week 9


I can

Identify visual clues in works of art and artifacts that reflect characteristics of a given culture and speculate on where, when, and by whom the work was made.

Identify and compare similar concepts or principles found in visual art and other art forms.

Create an integrated work using concepts, processes, technology, and sign systems of more than one art form.

Identify different ensembles by their timbre such as adult or children’s choir, orchestra, or wind ensemble.

Discuss and demonstrate appropriate listening behavior for various types of performances.

Interpret an aural musical example using dance, drama, art, or writing.

Discuss the roles of musicians in contemporary media.

Express enjoyment when applying new skills while participating in partner and group physical activities.

Participate in cooperative problem-solving physical activity challenges.

Week 6

I can

Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the basic needs of plants to grow, develop, and reproduce.

Week 9

I can

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

Social Studies

Week 3

I can

Give examples from the local community that illustrate the scarcity of productive resources. Explain how this scarcity requires people to make choices and incur opportunity costs.

Give examples of goods and services provided by local business and industry.

Give examples of trade in the local community and explain how trade benefits both parties.

Week 6

I can

Define interdependence and give examples of how people in the local community depend on each other for goods and services.

List the characteristics of money and explain how money makes trade and the purchase of goods easier.

Explain that buyers and sellers interact to determine the prices of goods and services in markets.

Illustrate how people compare benefits and costs when making choices and decisions as consumers and producers.

Week 9

I can

Gather data from a variety of resources about changes that have had an economic impact on your community.

Identify different ways people save their income and explain advantages and disadvantages of each.



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

3rd Grade – Reading Wonders, Unit   6             Big Idea:                             Think It Over                                                                How do we decide what’s important?


Weekly Concept &

Essential Questions

Genres, 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




How do you decide what is important?


Drama, Realistic Fiction

Make, Confirm, and Revise Predictions





Prefixes un-, re-, pre-, dis-

Roots in Related Words

alarmed, anguished, necessary, obsessed, possess, reward, treasure, wealth

crestfallen, optimistic, volunteer

myth; drama; scene; stage directions; dialogue

Root Words


Sentence Fluency

Write Interview Questions

Write an Analysis

Adjectives and Articles

Commas in a Series and in Dates

Weekly: Research qualities people value




How can weather affect us?

Historical Fiction, Fable

Make Predictions





Consonant + le Syllable

Latin Suffixes

argue, astonished, complained, conditions, forbidding, forecast, relief, stranded

granite, heifer, crook, bawling

extreme; weather; fable


Word Choice

Write a Summary

Write an Opinion

Adjectives That Compare

Correct Comparative and Superlative Forms

Weekly: Research the effects of extreme weather


Learning to Succeed


Why are goals important?

Biography, Adventure Story, Science Fiction


Keywords, Photographs



Problem and Solution



Vowel-Team Syllables

Greek and Latin Roots

communicated, essential, goal, motivated, professional, research, serious, specialist

reach for the stars, out of this world,

weightlessness, mission specialist, payload, climate, lunar

achieve, interview, organize, order

Greek and Latin Roots




Write Interview Questions

Write an Analysis


Adverbs and Adjectives

Weekly: Research how to set goals and achieve them


Animals and You


How can learning about animals help you respect them?

Expository Text, Folktale


Headings, Diagram



Compare and Contrast



r-Controlled Vowel Syllables

Latin Suffixes

endangered, fascinating, illegal, inhabit, requirement, respected, unaware, wildlife

scamper, nimble, clever

sensory, webbed, plates, nocturnal, hatchling

compare and contrast, signal words, es, illustration, caption, conclusion,

Context Clues: Paragaraph Clues



Write a Visual Report

Write an Analysis

Adverbs That Compare

Using More and Most

Weekly: Research animal's unique abilities


Funny Time


What makes you laugh?

Narrative Poem, Realistic Fiction, Poetry


Rhythm and Rhyme



Point of View


Phrasing and Expression

Suffixes -ful,
-less, -ly

Frequently Misspelled Words

entertainment, humorous, ridiculous, slithered

Poetry Terms: narrative poem, rhyme, rhythm, stanza

creep, bookworm, hit the ceiling,




Word Choice

Write an Analysis

Write an Analysis


Commas after Introduction

Weekly: Research types of jokes and how to create them



Unit Research & Inquiry          Research: Presentation Skills          Project: Self-select and develop from weekly research projects options for unit research projects


McKinley Primary Center                    2016-17 / Quarter  4 / 3rd Grade: Teaching & Learning Plan