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The Grade 3 classroom is a busy, exciting place. Grade 3 students take eight required subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Some schools may offer additional optional subjects.

English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

A spotted cow walked through the deep grass. Grade 3 students use their language skills to describe things in greater detail. They make their own stories more interesting and notice how they can add excitement by saying certain words louder or at a higher pitch. Words become more colourful than ever!


Introduction to multiplication and division. Your child will learn about numbers to 1000, using place value. They will understand, apply and recall addition facts up to and including 9 + 9 and related subtraction facts, and add and subtract 2- and 3-digit numbers, including the use of mental mathematics strategies. Your child will understand and recall multiplication to 5 x 5 and related division facts. They will solve problems involving number, patterns, measurement and data, and use symbols to solve one-step addition and subtraction equations.


Can you hear me? Grade 3 science students learn about sound and about rocks found on Earth’s surface. They test and evaluate building materials and apply problem solving strategies to build structures for a specific classroom challenge. These young scientists also study the life cycles and needs of animals.


What is life like in other countries? How are people in those countries like me? Your child will examine communities in India, Tunisia, Peru and Ukraine. They will explore how people live in these communities, gaining an understanding of the global community and Canada’s role within it.

Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.

Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)

I know what to do if someone tries to give me a cigarette. Thanks, but NO WAY! Your child will become more confident about saying no to bullies and taking a stand in making safe and healthy choices. They will know what to do in an emergency and how to express feelings, even anger, in an appropriate way.


I can make it look even better! Your Grade 3 child will focus on improving the things they make and on making their art look more realistic. They will look closely at the qualities of objects to make their work as good as possible. Your child will also use art to express feelings and ideas.


Feel the beat!  In Grade 3, students listen to different kinds of musical instruments and recognize that sounds are made in different ways. Through movement, dance and singing, your child will explore various kinds of music and discover different beats and dynamics of music.


Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.


Languages open the door to other cultures and new ways of thinking. A variety of language courses are offered across Alberta. Your child may have the opportunity to learn a First Nations language or an international language.

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Grade 3
at a Glance
English Language Arts
Health and Life Skills
Physical Education
Social Studies

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