Elapsed Time on a Number Line activity Try Now

Elapsed Time on a Number Line

Tell and Write Time in Minutes, 3.MD.A.1

Minute Hand 'Round the Clock activity Try Now

Minute Hand 'Round the Clock

Tell and Write Time in Minutes, 3.MD.A.1

All About National Parks activity Try Now

All About National Parks

Connecting Story Details, RI.2.5,RI.3.3

Flying Home activity Try Now

Flying Home

Read with Fluency, RF.3.4b,RL.2.3

Lunch with Llamas activity Try Now

Lunch with Llamas

Rhythm and Alliteration, RL.2.4,RL.3.5

Rainbow Time to the Minute activity Try Now

Rainbow Time to the Minute

Tell and Write Time in Minutes, 3.MD.A.1

Alien Invasion: Measuring Area activity Try Now

Alien Invasion: Measuring Area

Area of Rectangles, 3.MD.C.6,3.MD.C.7a,3.MD.C.7b,3.MD.C.7c

Fire Rescue activity Try Now

Fire Rescue

Perimeter of Polygons, 3.MD.D.8

Extreme Basketball Shootout Round to 10 activity Try Now

Extreme Basketball Shootout Round to 10

Round to Tens and Hundreds, 3.NBT.A.1

Slapshot Numbers 10s and 100s activity Try Now

Slapshot Numbers 10s and 100s

Round to Tens and Hundreds, 3.NBT.A.1

Hybrid Unicorn Lab activity Try Now

Hybrid Unicorn Lab

Add within 1000, 3.NBT.A.2

Penalty Kick Subtraction activity Try Now

Penalty Kick Subtraction

Subtract within 1000, 3.NBT.A.2

Roll and Score Within 1000 activity Try Now

Roll and Score Within 1000

Add within 1000, 3.NBT.A.2

Alien Invasion: Fractions on a Number Line activity Try Now

Alien Invasion: Fractions on a Number Line

Fractions on a Number Line, 3.NF.A.2a,3.NF.A.2b

Fashion Math Equivalent Fractions activity Try Now

Fashion Math Equivalent Fractions

Identifying Equivalent Fractions, 3.NF.A.3a

Farmer Eggstein activity Try Now

Farmer Eggstein

Multiplying Whole Numbers, 3.OA.A.1

Fly Catcher Multiplication activity Try Now

Fly Catcher Multiplication

Multiplying Whole Numbers, 3.OA.A.1

Share with Llamacorn activity Try Now

Share with Llamacorn

Dividing Whole Numbers, 3.OA.A.2

Balloon Pop Problem Solving activity Try Now

Balloon Pop Problem Solving

Multiply, Divide: Word Problems, 3.OA.A.3

Ultimate Bean Bag Toss activity Try Now

Ultimate Bean Bag Toss

Multiply, Divide: Word Problems, 3.OA.A.3

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Educational Activities and Teaching Resources for 3rd Grade

Welcome to third grade! This year, we learn that 100 is not enough—it's time to start working with some seriously big numbers. Don't be late this year or your students will know, now that they can tell time to the minute! Students will begin developing multiplication and division skills to round out the four core operations. They'll learn about basic equations and apply various strategies to solve complex critical thinking challenges. Fractions are introduced and expanded upon throughout the year and students will now be asked to tell time to the nearest minute if they can't already. Volumes and masses replace length and weight, the concept of area is introduced, and shapes are discussed in terms of various attributes.

When it comes to reading, "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." Thanks a lot, Shakespeare! Poetry with purpose is one of our favorite topics covered at this stage of development. Growing readers encounter new milestones in third grade, including the ability to comprehend a variety of literature and text types, make deeper connections while reading, and decode larger and more complex words. This is the final year for foundational reading standards in eSpark and most basic phonics work has been wrapped up at this point. Fluency is taking center stage, as students work with on-level text and continuously challenge themselves to grow. Language and grammar instruction expands to include more tenses, irregular words, abstract words, and complex sentences.

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:


  • Interpreting products and quotients of whole numbers with groups of objects
  • Fluently multiplying and dividing within 100
  • Applying properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide
  • Solving multi-step word problems using the four operations
  • Rounding to the nearest 10 or 100
  • Fluently adding and subtracting within 1000
  • Understanding fractions and fraction equivalence
  • Telling time to the nearest minute
  • Measuring volumes, masses, and areas
  • Categorizing shapes based on angles and sides


  • Asking and answering questions by referring explicitly to the text
  • Recounting stories and describing characters, events, and main ideas
  • Understanding story structure and point of view
  • Comparing and contrasting texts from the same author and on the same topic
  • Decoding multisyllabic words and words with common Latin suffixes
  • Reading grade-level text, prose, and poetry with purpose, understanding, accuracy, and expression
  • Describing relationships between characters, actions, events, concepts, and steps
  • Using text features and search tools to locate information

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!