Third Grade Curriculum


  • Harcourt Trophies is the District adopted core reading program for Gilbert Public Schools.  GPS is currently in the process of adopting a new core reading program for grades K-6.
  • Fundations is the adopted resource to teach the AZ ELA Foundational Standards.  Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program and is provided as a whole class (Tier 1) prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. For those students in need of additional support in reading (Tier 2), targeted small group instruction may be used.


Teachers incorporate a 30-45 minute daily Fundations lesson in addition to their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons utilize research-based materials and strategies to focus instruction on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, spelling, and handwriting. Although Fundations does teach critical thinking, speaking and listening, and comprehension strategies, it must be combined with core literacy based reading program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.


  • GPS Traditional Schools use the Spalding Method as the basis for all instruction in literacy.  The Spalding Method of instruction is a total language arts approach to instruction that includes instruction in spelling, writing, and reading.  It integrates content, principles, and procedures that empower teachers and parents to be successful decision makers, equipping them with the ability to help all students learn to read and write.
  • GPS Traditional Schools use Treasures, McGraw Hill Education as a resource for reading instruction.  This reading program offers a wealth of high quality literature to engage learners.Explicit instruction and ample practice ensure students’ growth in reading proficiency.  Each week’s lesson integrates grammar, writing, and spelling for a total language arts approach.



Our vision is to provide every elementary student with an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that facilitates critical thinking skills and stimulates an interest in science.  Science kits available are Sound, Plant Growth & Development, and Rocks & Minerals.

Social Studies

Third Grade Social Studies Units follow the Arizona State Standards and include: American History, Ancient Civilizations, Citizenship, Civil War, Economics, Explorers in the New World, and Geography. Harcourt’s Communities is the District adopted textbook for third grade social studies.

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