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Wagner Ranch Elementary School

A Place for Everyone

Wagner Ranch Elementary School

A Place for Everyone

3rd Grade



Third grade is a transitional year in which students will be using all of the foundational skills they learned in K-2 to extend and push their critical thinking skills, solidify concepts, and learn many news ones! Students should look forward to a busy and productive year.


Here are some curriculum highlights for 3rd grade:
Reader's Workshop
  • Mysteries
  • Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures (Nonfiction/Informational)
  • Character Studies
  • Social Issue Book Clubs
  • Biographies
  • Poetry

Writer's Workshop

  • Crafting True Stories (Personal Narratives)
  • Paragraphs
  • The Art of Informational Writing (Nonfiction)
  • Research Reports  (Nonfiction)
  • Writing About Reading/Small Literature Essays (Opinion)
  • Writing Persuasive Speeches (Opinion)
  • Poetry


  • Multiplication & Division up to 100
  • Measurement, Time & Graph
  • Place Value and Rounding
  • Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Fractions
  • Polygons, Perimeter & Area
  • Word Problems

Social Studies

  • Land & Water in our Area/The 4 Main Regions of California
  • The Bay Miwok of Contra Costa County
  • Our Community of Orinda


  • Motion & Matter
  • Water & Climate
  • Structures of Life
  • Garden Investigations

Character Education

  • ThinkFirst/Second Step: district adopted character education and bullying prevention programs
  • Kid Power: Empowering students to make wise choices behaviorally, socially, and academically


  • 40 minutes of art a week with the art teacher
  • 30 minutes of music a week with the music teacher
  • Two, 30 minute P.E. classes a week with our P.E. Teacher. Students also receive an additional 40 minutes a week of class P.E. with their classroom teacher
  • 30 minutes of library a week with the librarian
  • 40 minutes in the garden every two weeks