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3rd Grade Lesson Plans

Utah State Arts Core for 3rd Grade


Title of Lesson Core Subject  Comments

Multiplication/Division Visuals


This lesson will help 3rd grade students understand that multiplication means to add groups and division means to take away groups. They will learn that if the groups are not equal they will end up with a remainder.

Skip Counting Math/Dance ‍This lesson uses movement to help motivate students to learn skip counting.‍


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Animal Life Cycles

Puppet Patterns

Science/Drama The students will learn that all animals have a life cycle by practicing and performing puppet shows for each other. The warm-up activity will put the students into groups. Each group will be given a script of an animal life cycle. The students will practice reading through their script together and then perform them for each other.
Why Did the Goat Cross the Bridge Science/Drama The students will demonstrate their understanding of the effects of temperature, light and moisture on plants and animals. They will also demonstrate their understanding of force when objects of different weights collide. They will do this by planning and acting out a new version of The Billy Goats Gruff.
Literature in Tableau Language Arts/Drama

This lesson plan is a guide to recreating stories using a theatrical convention known as tableau. In this lesson, students will analyze the events, characters and setting of a story as they recreate the story in frozen images.

Finding Characters in Poetry Language Arts/Drama

Students will learn to find characters and emotions in poetry and will learn ways of demonstrating these.

CROW  Language Arts/Drama

 CROW stands for character, relationship, objective, and where. Students will learn to create unique characters and write dialogue that informs their audience about their characters.

Creating a Process Drama Language Arts/ Social Studies/ Drama

This is a “how to” instruction guide for teachers who would like to create their own process drama.

Sweet Tooth Language Arts/ Drama

 This lesson incorporates process drama techniques in order to delve more deeply into the characters of the book “Sweet Tooth”, written by Margie Palatii.

The Art of Storytelling Language Arts/ Drama

Students will be tasked with finding a story, creating a story map, learning the events of the story, practicing the story and retelling the story, using engagement techniques. This lesson plan will take several sessions to complete.


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
3rd Gd Rhythm & Beats Math/Music This lesson uses beats and rhythms to write multiplication problems.
Maku Ra Pea Social Studies/Music Students will learn about Polynesia through New Zealand and its music. We will discuss geography, history, and of course the music from the region.
Hop Old Squirrel  Language Arts/Music

 3rd grade students will demonstrate their understanding of nouns, adjectives, and verbs by replacing the words “Hop Old Squirrel” with various nouns, verbs and adjectives and creating movement variations that reflect the song variation.

Today is Hogmanay Language Arts/Music

Students will be able to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral phrases while learning about New Year’s through the lens of Scotland, and comparing New Year’s traditions around the world.


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Perfect-Portraits Language Arts/Visual Arts Students will write an autobiography and will create a ceramic self portrait based on the work of current artist Kimmy Cantrell. Grades 2-6.
Starry Night Language Arts/Visual Art Students will demonstrate their understanding of analyzing and reflecting art using the elements of art to create their own version of Starry, Starry Night.  They will also integrate this by writing a limerick poem to help them discuss, evaluate, and explain their interpretation of their own artwork.
Multiple Meaning Words Language Arts/Visual Arts

Students will define and draw two meanings of a word and will recognize multiple meaning words from other class members.

Severe Weather Lesson Science/Language Arts/Visual Art Crayon resist art project. The students will be able to describe, in sequential order, the events of a story having to do with severe weather;  write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences, describe how weather and forecasts affect people's lives; recognize the connections of visual arts to all learning.
Amazing Shapes of Animal Feet Adaptation

Teacher Example

Science/Visual Art 3rd grade students will demonstrate their understanding of animal feet adaptations that allow them to survive in a particular environment.  They will also be able to create a visually pleasing art piece using the elements of contour line and form.
Families & Household Math/ Visual Arts Students draw a picture of their families or households to use for multiplication story problems.
Array Town Math/Visual Arts This can be adapted to add as much Art as needed.
Arrays All Around Us Math/Visual Arts Can use any supplies to create the picture.
Anasazi Pottery - 3rd Social Studies/Visual Art Pottery activity centered on Native American art in the Southwest U.S. Grades 3-4.
Color Wheel Portrait Mural Social Studies/Visual Arts Students will learn about the color wheel, how to draw a simple or detailed face (depending on the grade), and then will create a piece of a mural using one or two colors.