3rd Grade English Language Arts Teacher Course

Start at the very beginning.

Ah, third grade. The year that Shmoop learned to ride a bike without training wheels, had our first sleepover, and schooled the second-graders on the playground at tetherball.

Good times.

And now, to match teaching the best subject (ELA) and the best grade (third), you've got the best curriculum ever, too. This year, Shmoop's got the goods: standard-aligned units to give your kids the big picture about poetry, stories, and informational texts, not to mention the unsung heroes of grammar, spelling, and phonics.

Each lesson in our themed units feature 

  • do nows
  • direct instruction
  • guided and independent practice
  • worksheets
  • assessments
  • answer keys
  • videos

The year starts with students examining picture books, a staple of any third-grade curriculum. Students consider how text and images inform readers. The cherry on top? This unit not only establishes skills and habits that will carry them through the year, but it does so by teaching students everything they ever wanted to know about whales. As the course expands into reading short chapter books, structured paragraph writing, and even the joy of arguing (hah! as though you have to teach that!), we've picked some old favorites, new favorites, and real surprises for students to enjoy.

As if the awesomeness wasn't already apparent, our ELA 3 curriculum also provides explicit instruction (yup, a hilarious script) for writing, improving fluency, sharpening language skills (include grammar and vocabulary), and developing listening and speaking skills. This curriculum's your BFF for the year—so you can stop sweating creating that elusive worksheet and spend more time on the shiny moments that made you want to be a teacher in the first place.

Now if only Shmoop could go back in time and redo that awkward moment when we accidentally called the teacher "mom"…

What's in Shmoop's Elementary Curriculum?

These are year-long elementary courses with 90-day-long semesters, made up of themed, standards-aligned units. You can follow the course verbatim in its day-by-day progression, or cherry-pick specific lessons by previewing the curriculum maps and seeing which standards, skills, or texts you'd most like to teach. Courses also include teacher scripts, differentiation and extension, videos, worksheets, and answer keys.

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