3rd Grade Expectations

Reading Fluency

a.Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

b.Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

c.Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

d.Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


a. Students are able to identify beginning, middle, and ending of a story

b. Students are able to identify characters in a story

c. Students are able to identify the characteristics of a book (sad, funny, characters learned a lesson)

d. Students are able to identify when there is dialogue present in a story

e. Answer questions: Who, what, when, where, and why to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text

Language Usage

a. Use collective nouns (e.g., group).

b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice).

c. Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).

d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).

e. Identify and define adjectives and adverbs

f. Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

g. Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

h. Use reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.


a.Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

b.With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing

c.Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

d.Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.

Oral English

a.Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.

b.Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

c.Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

d.Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


a.Use and define mathematical vocabulary such as greater than, less than, and equal to

b.Students will be able to identify hands on a clock as well as the hour and minute increments

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