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

ReadyGEN is a K-6 integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for all by presenting modeled reading experience with authentic text. Students engage in practice, build motivation, and improve their reading stamina. 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.


Go Math offers an engaging and interactive approach to learning math following Common Core math standards. It ensures that students can access content at appropriate levels of depth and rigor. Students are presented with a variety of strategies and are encouraged to choose the method that best suits their needs. An online component, called Think Central, is available for additional practice. 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)

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.

New Third Grade Web Sites

Mrs. Fazio Website
Mrs. Suffern/Mrs. Hewitt Website

Third Grade Curriculum Maps