Third Grade

Third Grade Checklist






The student…

  • scores above level 1 in reading on the FCAT
  • scores at or above level 41 on the DRP
  • demonstrates 1 year’s academic growth using the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test.
  • predicts content and purpose of reading using table of contents, headings, indexes, captions, illustrations and key words
  • uses information from a variety of sources to figure out unknown words (ex., letters and sounds, common spelling patterns and grammar)
  • uses context clues and a variety of word structures to construct meaning and increase vocabulary including prefixes, suffixes, root words, homonyms, antonyms and synonyms
  • develops vocabulary by reading independently and using reference books
  • monitors reading on or above grade level by rereading, self-correcting, summarizing, reading on, trying alternative pronunciations and questioning
  • identifies main idea, relevant supporting details and facts
  • makes inferences and sequences events
  • identifies author’s purpose as to inform, entertain and/or persuade
  • uses reference materials such as maps, graphs, charts and photos for different purposes (ex., making a report, conduction of interviews and performing a task)
  • knows the difference between fact and opinion
  • understands the use of comparison and contrast within a selection
  • will be able to score 110 words per minute on the DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency test



The student…

  • demonstrates knowledge and use of graphic organizers/thinking maps to organize information
  • is able to write a three paragraph essay that remains focused on topic/prompt and include all writing conventions
  • opens a story with a t least 2 sentences and closes a story with at least two sentences with 3 details or elaboration per thought in the story



The student…

  • Completes fact and number families
  • Finds equivalent names for numbers
  • Knows addition and subtraction facts
  • knows multiplication facts having 0 or 1 as a factor
  • knows division facts
  • reads and writes whole numbers through hundred thousands or more
  • reads and writes proper fractions and decimal notation in context of money
  • compares and orders whole numbers and commonly used fractions
  • translates problems into diagrams and models using whole numbers fractions and decimals in money
  • knows the value of a given digit to hundred thousands
  • explains and demonstrates addition and subtraction and their inverse relationship
  • explains the inverse relationship of multiplication and division
  • predicts solutions using the four operations
  • writes number sentences and solves one-step problems using the operations
  • estimates quantities of objects to 250 or more using various strategies
  • uses models and charts to determine factors of whole numbers
  • has basic knowledge of multiplication facts 0-9



The student…

  • uses concrete objects to measure length, weight, capacity, area, perimeter, volume, time and temperature
  • measures line segments to nearest centimeter
  • knows right angles
  • uses schedules, calendars and elapsed time to solve problems
  • calculates and compares types of measurement
  • compares length, weight and capacity using standard and non-standard units of measure
  • determines whether an accurate or estimated measurement is needed
  • uses objects, graph paper or charts to solve problems involving estimated measurement
  • estimates area, perimeter and volume of rectangular shapes
  • selects the appropriate unit and tool of measurement for a solution



The student…

  • Identify and name 2 & 3 Dimensional Shapes
  • knows symmetry, congruency and reflections in geometric shapes
  • explores flips, slides, tessellations and 180 degree turns
  • compares area and perimeter using concrete and graphic materials
  • knows how to identify, locate and plot ordered pairs of whole numbers
  • Identify symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry



The student…

  • describes, extends, creates and predicts visual, numeric and geometric patterns
  • analyzes, explains and states the rule for number patterns
  • creates a simple word problem for a given number sentence, diagram or model
  • knows that an equation is a number sentence stating that two quantities are equal
  • uses models and graphs to solve equations and inequalities


Data Analysis and Probability

The student…

  • identifies parts of a graph and interprets displays of data
  • interprets and compares information from pictographs and bar graphs
  • identifies the mean, median, mode and range in a set
  • uses technology to compare data and to construct and discuss patterns
  • determines the number of possible combinations of items
  • calculates the probability of an event and represents all possible outcomes
  • designs questions for a survey, depicts the data in a graph and explains the results
  • uses statistical data to recognize trends


Ideas for helping your child at home

Language Arts

  • Provide experiences for writing such as daily journals, letters and notes
  • Read with your child on a daily basis from any sources (ex., books, magazines, poetry, plays and newspapers). Orally ask questions and have your child summarize what was read.
  • Encourage your child to identify the author’s reason for writing a book, story or poem



  • Have your child time activities you do together such as cooking, playing games or reading and calculate elapsed time for each activity.
  • Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with your child on a daily basis by using flash cards and practice problems. Have your child answer problems by using mental math.
  • When shopping with your child, give him/her an amount of money to spend and an opportunity to make decisions about what can be purchased.