3rd Grade


The Stoughton Area School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.

Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.


Math Expressions Parent Resources

The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.

In 3rd Grade, units focus on the following:
1. Multiplication and Division with 0-5, 9, and 10
2. Multiplication and Division with 6s, 7s, 8s and Multiply with Multiples of 10
3. Measurement, Time and Graphs
4. Multidigit Addition and Subtraction
5. Write Equations to Solve Web Problems
6. Polygons, Perimeter, and Area
7. Explore Fractions

Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.


The Stoughton Area School District's elementary science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:


  • Asking questions and identifying problems
  • Planning and conducting investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Developing and using models
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communication information

In 3rd Grade, the science standards are broken down into four topical questions taught over the course of the academic year. These questions will put emphasis and focus on traits of organisms, relationships between organism traits and survival in that habitat, how the climate affects organisms over a long period of time and on the physical sciences, with a study of forces and motion. These four questions are:

  1. Why are organisms different from one another?
  2. How does the environment affect organisms?
  3. How do we know the environment used to be different?
  4. What happens when different objects interact?

Social Studies

TCI Website

The Stoughton Area School District's elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by TCI is the core resource used in grades K-5.

In Third Grade, Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond broadens students' awareness about the local and global communities in which they live. Students learn the fundamentals of geography and explore different cultures and public service roles (From teachtci.com).


Learning Targets

In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.

The 3rd Grade Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.

1. Elements & Principles (texture, repetition)
2. Drawing (spatial relationships, fore/middle/background, symmetry, still life)
3. Painting (cool/warm, watercolor techniques)
4. Ceramics (slab, modeling)
5. Sculpture (additive sculpture)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (fiber weaving)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (additive printmaking)



In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade three students will be able to:

  • Perform using proper vocal technique
  • Demonstrate the use of harmony
  • Play melodies and rhythms
  • Perform simple rhythms using single eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, half rests and dotted half rests
  • Demonstrate basic improvisation skills
  • Compose simple pieces of music
  • Notate lines and spaces of the treble staff
  • Identify simple forms in music
  • Identify letter names of notes
  • Evaluate musical performances
  • Explore music of various cultures

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