ISD - The International School of Dakar

Grade 3

Third grade is the bridge to independence - a crosswalk from primary years to upper elementary grades. ISD’s third grade classrooms are language-rich places where students and teachers work together in communities of learning to facilitate this transition.

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught across all content areas, providing our diverse student population with multiple opportunities for sharing and growing. Hands-on experiences, in-depth literary analysis, application of concepts, and independence-building activities are all hallmarks of our third grade program.

Third graders begin their day at 8:30 AM, often starting with a classroom morning meeting that sets the tone for respectful learning in a trusting environment. Included in each day’s activities are time for balanced literacy (reading, writing and word work) and mathematics. Social studies and science topics are often integrated into literacy lessons. In addition, there is time for recess, snack and lunch.

Throughout the week, third graders visit the library to check out books, participate in music and art classes, participate in games and team sports during physical education classes and develop research and digital literacy skills. Third graders receive 45 minutes of daily, leveled French instruction.

Non-proficient English language learners in the third grade receive support during language arts instruction. Identified third graders who will benefit from small-group remedial work in literacy development receive support during the French instructional block and do not participate in the French program at ISD.

Please click on the program guide to learn more about our third grade program.

Grade 3 Curricular Framework – The World Around Us


Trimester One

Trimester Two

Trimester Three

Essential Questions

How is my culture a part of me?

How am I a part of a classroom and global mosaic?

How is an ecosystem interdependent?

How does one ecosystem affect the rest of the world?

How has our world changed over time?

How do Earth Materials tell the story of our Earth’s history?

How can ideas, inventions and innovations change our world?


Social Studies Unit

“Our Classroom Mosaic”
Cultural Diversity
Personal Family Histories

“Ecosystems & Biodiversity”
The Rainforest Storypath
People & Their Environment
Civic Global Responsibility

“Our Changing World: Inside and Out”
Natural History
Natural Land & Water Features



Third Grade Explorer’s Club: Map Skills

Senegalese Studies



Earth Materials: Geology of Dakar

World Culture Month

Service Learning

Pikine School



The Scientific Method
The Water Cycle


Structures of Life
Ecosystems & Adaptation


Earth Materials
Rocks & Minerals

Ideas and Inventions
Scientific Technology
Scientific Method


 Everyday Mathematics Third Grade Program







Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop

  • The Launch
  • Personal Narrative
  • Following Characters Into Meaning: Sable, by Karen Hesse
  • Non-Fiction Reading Strategies
  • Books in a Series



  • Rocky Road Trip, by J. Stamper
  • Informational Writing & Research
  • Poetry
  • Mystery Book Clubs
  • Biography Book Clubs

Paragraphs with Purpose