Two 3rd-grade students engaged in conversation

This SFUSD third-grade instructional guidance is organized into four sections: Culture of Learning, Academic Ownership, Essential Content, and Demonstration of Learning. We recommend you explore the four sections so you have a sense of what is available here and then focus on the Culture of Learning section for the start of the year. There you will find guidance on the development of 8 and 9-year-olds, setting up your classroom, building family partnerships, and launching the school year. For content-specific guidance go to Essential Content.

Our intention here is to provide an overview of third-grade instruction and make the information easily accessible. This is not a scripted manual -  third-grade instruction is more complex and nuanced than these pages alone can illustrate. Still, there is a lot of information here that we believe will be supportive. Please do not feel compelled to dive into this website all at once. Please use it as a resource throughout the year as needed. This guide is one piece of the puzzle; your partnerships with students, fellow teachers, coaches, families, administrators, sites, and departments are all essential to supporting you in creating a learning environment where every day we provide each and every student with the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive.

In partnership,

The Instructional Guidance Team

This page was last updated on May 23, 2023