3/4 Grade Curriculum Map        









April (State Testing)


Readers’ Workshop

Comprehension strategies

  • Predicting
  • Connections
  • Visualizing
  • Questioning
  • Inferring
  • Synthesizing

Reading habits

  • Stamina
  • Book choice

Whole class guided reading

Genre study: personal narrative


Independent reading and read alouds

Whole class book club/guided reading

Fictional story elements

Summary and retell

Independent reading and read alouds

Genre study: poetry

  • Poetic devices: metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme, personification
  • Poet author study
  • Annotating

Independent reading and read alouds

Small group book clubs

Reading nonfiction text and using text features

  • Determining importance
  • Main idea
  • Summarizing information
  • Annotating

Genre study: Myths and legends

Distinguishing fact from fiction

Independent reading and read alouds

Reading/research nonfiction text both books and websites related to ancient civilizations

Independent reading and read alouds

Story elements: storyline, setting, character, plot, theme

Genre study: short stories

  • Inferring with evidence from text
  • annotating

Independent reading and read alouds


  • Reading the book and analyzing story elements
  • Memorizing lines
  • Expression and fluency; presentation


  • Mood, tone, theme
  • annotating

Reading responses

  • Evidence from text

Socratic seminar/reading discussions

Independent reading and read alouds



How do we understand what we read?

How do we talk about what we read?

How do we understand and get information from nonfiction text?



and BAS

I-Ready and BAS

I-Ready and BAS

Writers’ Workshop

Building fluency in writing

Interview/peer introductions


Word study

Handwriting, mechanics, spelling


Narrative writing and the writing process

Conference reflections

Word study



Figurative language

Word study

Paragraph writing

  • 5-sentence and 8-sentence paragraphs

Research and note taking skills

Word study

Non-fiction writing

Writing process (prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, publishing)

Conference reflections

Word study

Persuasive writing

Prompt writing

Word study

End of the year reflection


Letter writing

  • Letters to classmates

Word study



Why do we write?

How is your style of writing influenced by purpose?

What is the importance of sharing?

What is the purpose of applying grammar and mechanics skills?

How do we approach writing?

How does each step in the process impact your writing?


Words Their Way Spelling  

Lucy Calkins narrative writing prompt and rubric assessment

 AIMS Web fluency assessment

Words Their Way Spelling  

AIMS Web fluency assessment

Words Their Way Spelling  

Lucy Calkins narrative writing prompt and rubric assessment

Mathematicians’ Workshop

Place Value and Number Sense

  • Ancient Number systems
  • Base 10 place value
  • Patterns
  • Skip counting
  • Number sense
  • Estimation
  • rounding

Problem solving and reasoning

  • Approaches to problem solving
  • Patterns
  • Algebraic thinking
  • Problem solving


Word problems


  • Equivalence
  • Comparing
  • Same denominator
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Multiplying
  • Improper fractions/mixed Numbers

Decimals (tenths/ hundredths)


  • Ancient geometry
  • Measurement
  • Polygons
  • Lines
  • Angles
  • symmetry

Long division

Division as it relates to fractions and decimals


Area and perimeter

Skills practice and review based on assessments

Data collection and graphing

Mathematical Skills Practice

Addition/Subtraction Strategies

Multiplication Strategies

Continue +/- Strategies

Division Strategies

Continue +,- and x Strategies

Problem solving and reasoning

Continue computation strategies

Operations boot camp

Operations boot camp



- How does our base 10 system work?

- How do I determine the best numerical representation (pictorial, symbolic, objects) for a given situation?

- How does finding the common characteristics among similar problems help me to be a more efficient problem solver?


- How do mathematicians reason, problem solve, make mathematical arguments and communicate their thinking?

- How do mathematical operations relate to each other?

-What is a pattern?

- How do I describe a pattern?

- How do I express a pattern to show a relationship?  

- How can patterns be used to make predictions?

- How do geometric models describe spatial relationships?  - How are geometric shapes and objects classified?

- Why do I measure?


Beginning of the year screeners

AIMS Web computation and skills and concepts assessment

Mid year oral and written math screener

AIMS Web computation and skills and concepts assessment

End of year math assessment


  • The universe as a system
  • Eras
  • Geologic history of Earth

Science Rotations

  • Plate Tectonics, formation and structure of the earth
  • Rock cycle, rocks and minerals
  • Solar system, moon, and sun
  • Fossils and the geologic record and timeline of Earth’s history

Spring semester: social studies focus



- What is a system?  

- How is the earth and universe a system?

- How do scientists gather, classify, sequence, and interpret information and visual data?

- What do we know about how Earth features are formed? ¾ What is our place in the universe?

Spring semester: social studies focus

Social Studies

Fall semester: science focus

World geography

globes and maps landforms


Ancient world and history (fully integrated with literacy instruction) comparative research

Understand how people in the past influenced development/interaction of regions



Fall semester: science focus

- What is a civilization?  

- How does where you live affect how you live?

- What can we learn from the past?

- What story do maps and globes tell?

- How do geography, climate, and natural resources affect the way people live and work?

- What effect do people have on their environment?

Social Emotional Learning

Preparation for Outdoor Education

Building community

Personal strengths

Moving out of your comfort zone

Growth mindset

Classroom agreements

Goal setting

Reflection and revision of goals

Reflection and celebration of accomplishments



Outdoor Education trip

Dinosaur Ridge


Share-A-Gift service project

Winter Sports

Denver Museum of Nature and Science