By the end of 3rd Grade, a student will:

Spelling/Language Arts

  • Dramatize stories
  • Follow multi-step directions
  • Summarize stories orally or in written form
  • Write legible cursive script
  • Write creative stories and read them out loud
  • Use junior dictionaries effectively
  • Identify, correct, and create subject-verb agreement in a sentence
  • Identify and use possessive forms of nouns and pronouns
  • Alphabetize up to 7 words by first, second, or third letters
  • Identify and change verb tenses


  • Round a whole number to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand
  • Use symbols properly to compare any two whole numbers
  • Find the product of any basic multiplication fact 12’s
  • Identify fractions equivalent to any common fraction or whole number
  • Convert a linear measurement in centimeters to meters and in inches to feet, and conversely
  • Find the perimeter and area of a geometric figure using both nonstandard units and standard units
  • Determine equivalent time measurements between hours, days, weeks, months, and years
  • Give the value of a set of coins and/or bills up to ten dollars and tell the exact change to be given for a purchase of up to ten dollars
  • Read and write decimals in tenths and hundredths
  • Add and subtract with decimals


  • Separate a four to six syllable word into its syllables
  • Create multi affix words
  • Identify cause and effect relationships in stories read silently and orally
  • Identify the main idea, significant details, and the sequence of events in stories
  • Identify homophones and homographs and their usage
  • Write descriptions of story characters
  • Identify literature as being fiction or nonfiction, realism, fantasy, or tall tales
  • Use story clues and experience to make inferences about characters or setting or plot in a story


  • Observe and identify the common parts of a seed and explain their function
  • Define plant life cycle and identify and compare the different phases in the life cycle of a plant
  • Order the life cycle of some common animals – butterfly, grasshopper, frog, chicken and compare and contrast these life cycles
  • Explain the role of heat in the change of state from solid to liquid, liquid to solid, liquid to gas, gas to liquid, and define the terms evaporate, condense, freeze, and melt
  • Explain how water’s physical properties affect Earth’s water supply
  • Explain why Earth has seasonal changes
  • Identify nutrients and the types and amounts of such in foods in a healthy diet

Social Studies

  • Understand that communities have past, present, and future and that these histories influence their development and serve as sources of civic pride and celebration
  • Show events on a timeline
  • Understand how people’s lives are influenced by their community’s climate, size, location, topography, natural resources, and land use
  • Describe ways that land areas are divided into cities, states, and countries
  • Understand that communities form towns, cities, and suburbs
  • Understand that the production of goods and services depends on many economic factors
  • Understand what natural resources are and how to use them wisely
  • Identify cardinal and intermediate directions and a use a compass rose to determine such on a map
  • Use map keys and interpret their symbols to read a map