Rhodes School District 84.5

Third Grade

Third grade consists of three individual classrooms. Each classroom teacher has their own unique style of teaching; however, all teachers strive to help students make connections across curricular areas. These connections help to provide experiences that stimulate learning in all developmental areas - physical, social, emotional and intellectual - through an integrated approach to learning.

Our curriculum is designed to spiral across grade levels. Similar topics will be encountered at various grade levels, increasing in complexity and level of mastery each year. Third grade's core curriculum consists of Language Arts (reading, phonics, spelling, grammar and writing), Math, Social Studies and Science. Additionally, students receive instruction in Physical Education, Art, Music and Technology. To meet the educational needs of our diverse learners, additional instruction may be provided through ELL, Enrichment, RtI, Title 1 (reading and math) and Project Teach (reading, math and writing).

Teachers can be contacted via email. Please visit our Staff Connection to contact your child's teacher.

Language Arts

Scott Foresman Reading Streets is designed to help build students' reading skills through motivating and engaging literature, scientifically research-based instruction, and a wealth of reliable teaching tools. In addition, Reading Street prioritizes skill instruction at each grade level, while focusing on skills identified by the state standards. It is a comprehensive program that includes reading fluency, comprehension, spelling, phonics, grammar and writing. Please visit Third Grade's Reading Curriculum Map for an in-depth look at the stories and skills covered throughout the year.


Rhodes School utilizes Everyday Math, a program which was developed by the University of Chicago. Everyday Math relies on a variety of ways to teach, practice, and review the concepts including direct instruction, partner work, games, and small group activities. The purpose of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum is to allow students to explore key mathematical concepts and ideas through an in-depth study of all the content strands of mathematics. The concepts are introduced and revisited in a variety of formats as a student progresses through the program. Students are presented with a variety of algorithms and are encouraged to choose the method that best suits their needs. Please visit Third Grade's Math Curriculum Map for an in-depth look at the skills and concepts covered throughout the year.

Social Studies

Third Grade uses Macmillian/McGraw-Hill Timelinks for our Social Studies curriculum. The lessons are directly linked to the Illinois State Learning Standards for Social Studies. The lessons are designed to enrich a students' knowledge of communities, cultures, government and the State of Illinois. Additionally, the program incorporates geography skills, such as, using maps and globes and understanding and using time lines, bar graphs and flow charts. During the spring, Third Grade reinforces the unit on the history and architecture of Chicago by touring downtown Chicago. Students take a guided tour of Chicago's lake front, and visit one of Chicago's most historical buildings: The Willis Tower.


HSP Science provides many opportunities for students to develop and maintain the essential skills that form the basis for scientific inquiry. A variety of instructional tools provide many opportunities for developing inquiry skills. Each unit provides independent, direct and guided opportunities for investigating the natural world. Students will observe, compare, classify, record, interpret data, measure and draw conclusions; among other skills that are explored throughout the year. These skills are taught through insta-labs, investigates and mini-lessons.

Testing and Assessment in Third Grade

In the Third Grade, students participate in a variety of testing and assessment opportunities. They are:
-AIMSweb (reading and math) R-CBM and M-CAP
-Terra Nova
In addition, classroom teachers engage students in ongoing leveled assessments in all subject areas. These assessments are reported on the individual student progress reports and during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Teacher-administered assessments are also used for the planning and delivery of individualized instruction.

Third Grade Curriculum Maps