Teaching Ideas and Resources for 3rd Grade

Third grade is a time for expanding reading, writing, and math knowledge. Students are also learning more about science through questioning and experiments and social studies through the community, state, and world studies. These teaching resources for 3rd grade will help you lesson plan without the stress!

Sub Binders & Plans

Planning for a sub can be stressful! Don’t worry about it with sub binders and plans made just for your third grade class and curriculum.

The third grade emergency sub plan bundle includes 453 pages with five sets of sub plans and a free sub tub organization bonus.

The sub binder bundle complements these plans perfectly with every form, letter, and sheet you need for your sub.

Check out ELA sub plans or Math plans. Science and Social Studies for departmentalized teachers and content-area specific plans.

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Whether you want to incorporate holiday activities into parties or into regular curriculum, your students will love this seasonal math activity bundle to use year-round.

Celebrates Halloween tricks and treats with Halloween math activities holiday involving sorting, graphing, fractions, and probability.

Christmas and wintertime activities are so much fun with this Christmas gumdrop math bundle. Your students will learn and review sorting, graphing, fractions, and probability and even decorate their own Christmas tree and candy!

February is for your sweet children with these Valentine’s Day math activities using cute conversation hearts. Math is lucky with leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day math games. Don’t forget about jelly bean-inspired Easter math fun. These math holiday bundles include Language Arts connections with writing and reading elements.

Other holiday math activities include Thanksgiving fractions, St. Patrick’s Day fractions, and math operations St. Patrick’s Day games.

Learning multiplication and division will make your students feel super smart with superhero-themed multiplication and division flashcards. Save even more with the multiplication and division superhero bundle.

March 13 (3.14) is Pi Day! On or around this day, share “PIE” inspired activities with these Pi Day fraction activities. This is a great way to introduce or review terms like numerator and denominator. (Bonus: Bring in some pie for a special treat!)

Reading and Writing

Secret student writing is one of my favorite writing activities to share all year long! Students each have their own “secret” student that they will share kind notes to throughout the unit.

This bundle comes with prompts and activities for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, or the end of the year. This is such a fun activity to build community in the classroom!

Using reading logs in your third grade classroom can help inspire students to read if used effectively. Share these reading logs with families to encourage reading outside the classroom and encourage competition (words read, books read) in the classroom.

The ultimate reading challenge is a great way to motivate students to read! A book challenge for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades and homeschool. Includes reading logs, reading awards, bookmarks, and more!

Nonfiction readers will need practice utilizing text features in informational and expository texts.

Practice compound words with fun activities that are perfect for both whole group and centers!

Third graders are so inquisitive, and it’s a perfect time to ramp up research skills in the classroom with these research topics for kids. They can study animals and habitats, winter holidays, black history, U.S. presidents, inventors and inventions, ancient civilizations, penguins, women’s history, and famous authors. Research can serve in ELA or be part of social studies and science lessons, depending on the topic!

Science & Social Studies

Third grade science students are also learning about how to classify living and non-living things in science. Other important lessons include extreme weather, natural disasters, and the water cycle. Volcanoes are also an incredible research study with an integrated project element. Third grade students will love learning all about the solar system through research and journaling. Dinosaur projects along with salt dough fossil making are a third grade favorite! Studying landforms and bodies of water make for a great science and geography unit study.

Social studies research is amazing with lessons on everything from women’s and black history to U.S. presidents and ancient civilizations. Study the United States by assigning students their own state or all 50 with a USA State Research Unit. Community is so important in and out of the classroom by learning how to respect differences.

Get all the science and social studies research units in one convenient bundle!

Enjoy your time with your third graders as you use these teaching resources for third grade. From everything from science research to fractions, these resources have it covered!

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Items on Amazon that we love for 3rd Grade

Having hands-on activities is so important for young kids. These items will be so useful for a variety of activities in your classroom!

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