Grade 3 is about the age where students are ready to think abstractly. This also means that they are ready to share and communicate more than in previous grade. Students are excited to create things and now they have the horsepower to do it. This also means that they are better suited to work independently more often. Students are ready to tackle new vocabulary by either deciphering it, using context clues, or reference tools. They are at the reading level where they are ready to learn the content they read. We are no longer reading just to learn to read, we are ready to understand what we are reading. Just as students are ready to take in information and be critical of it, they are also ready to be critical of their own work and that of peers. This is the time when we start going over how to proofread and edit. This is also the year of the dreaded book report. Students should have their math facts down pat, by now. We move on to addition and subtraction operations with three-digit numbers and we know how to regroup and borrow in these situations. The goal is to prepare them for the most basic of algebra. Multiplication and division is our bread and butter at grade 3. We also expand on our geometry skills with objects and shapes. Because we have the ability to take information at a great intensity, we introduce physical and the life science. It also a great time to introduce map skills and basic Social Studies concepts.
The following worksheets can be left for a substitute teacher if you have to be out of the classroom for a day or more. Each sheet has an activity that fits within the Third Grade curriculum, including subjects such as math, language skills, writing practice, art, reading comprehension, and more. These worksheets can also be used as part of a standard lesson plan, extra credit work, quiet time activities, and more. Please note that in some cases, answer keys have been provided. These must be printed separately, as they are not included with the main page.