3rd Grade Skills

Reading- Foundational Skills

Read third grade words that aren't spelled the way they sound.
Find and tell meaning of common prefixes and suffixes.
Read words with more than one syllable.
Fluently read books at level.
Use context clues to figure out words..

Reading-Literature (Fiction)

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate comprehension.
Use text evidence and details to support answers.
Recognize the difference between literal and non-literal language.
Describe story characters, setting, main message of the story.

Reading- Informational Text (Nonfiction)

Find answers to specific questions using text references and details.
Cite details to support the main idea.
Describe how historical events, scientific ideas, and steps in a set of directions are related.
Figure out word meanings in social studies and science text.
Use the computer to find information quickly and use search tools.
Answer where, why, and how questions.
Compare and contrast ideas and details about the same topic.
Read and understand third grade informational text.


Write different types of writing for different reason (opinion, informational, etc.).
Begin to form paragraphs; introduction, body, conclusion.
Knowledge of rules of language; grammar, spelling.
Plan, revise, edit with peer and adult assistance.
Use research to learn more about a topic.
Take notes to arrange information.


Write and solve problems using multiplication and division.
Understand groups, arrays, find the missing number in equations.
Use properties of operations ( commutative, associative, etc. ).
Multiply and divide within 100 quickly.
Solve two-step word problems and solve equations using a letter in place of a number (variable).
Use place value to round numbers to the nearest 10,000.
Understand that fractions represent equal parts of a whole.
Solve problems using measurement and estimation.
Make a picture or bar graph to show data and solve problems using information from a graph.
Create a line plot from measurement data.
Read and interpret a line plot.
Understand area and perimeter.
Solve real world math problems by using area and perimeter of shapes.

​By the end of the year third graders are expected to do the following:

​Work cooperatively with peers in small groups to complete projects.
Understand how choices affect consequences.
Become more organized in thinking processes.
Build stronger friendships.
Read longer stories and chapter books with expression (orally) and comprehension of the theme.
Use prefixes, suffixes, and root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words.