3rd Grade Content Standards

Third Grade Content Standards

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Reading / Language Arts

01    Reading: Students will use knowledge of phonetic and structural analysis to read, write, and spell grade level text.
  • Use advanced sound/spelling patterns (e.g., special vowel spellings [ough, ion], multi-syllable words) to read, write, and spell
  • Use word structure to read text (e.g., prefixes/suffixes, compound words, contractions, syllabication, derivation)
02    Reading: Students will develop accuracy, phrasing, and expression while reading grade level text.
  • Read phrases, clauses, and sentences that sound like natural language to support comprehension
  • Read words and phrases accurately and automatically
  • Demonstrate conversational tone (e.g., volume, emphasis) and use of punctuation to reflect meaning of text
  • Demonstrate varied pace while reading orally to enhance the meaning of text through pause, stress, and phrasing
03    Reading: Students will build literary, general academic, and content specific grade level vocabulary.
  • Apply word structure elements, known words, and word patterns to determine meaning (e.g., contractions, plurals, possessives, basic parts of speech, compounds, syllables)
  • Relate new grade level vocabulary to prior knowledge and use in new situations
  • Apply context clues (e.g., word, phrase, and sentence clues, re-reading) and text features (e.g., table of contents, maps, charts, font/format styles) to help infer meaning of unknown words
  • Identify semantic relationships (e.g., patterns and categories, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, multiple meanings)
  • Identify meaning using print and digital reference materials (e.g., dictionary, glossary)
  • Locate words in reference materials (e.g., alphabetical order, guide words)
04    Reading: Students will extract and construct meaning using prior knowledge, applying text information, and monitoring comprehension while reading grade level text.
  • Identify author’s purpose(s) (e.g. explain, entertain, inform, persuade) to support text comprehension
  • Identify elements of narrative text (e.g., characters, setting, plot, point of view)
  • Retell and summarize narrative text including characters, setting, and plot with supporting details
  • Identify literary devices and explain the ways in which language is used (e.g., simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery, rhythm)
  • Retell and summarize the main idea from informational text using supporting details
  • Recognize and apply knowledge of organizational patterns found in informational text (e.g., sequence, description, cause and effect, compare/contrast)
  • Apply knowledge of text features to locate information and gain meaning from a text (e.g., table of contents, maps, charts, illustrations, headings, captions, font/format styles)
  • Describe the defining characteristics of narrative and informational genres (e.g., folk tales, poetry, historical fiction, biographies, chapter books, textbooks)
  • Use narrative or informational text to develop a multi-cultural perspective
  • Generate and/or answer literal, inferential, and critical questions, supporting answers using prior knowledge and literal and inferential information from the text
  • Identify and explain purpose for reading (e.g., information, pleasure, understanding)
  • Build and activate prior knowledge in order to identify text to self, text to text, and text to world connections before, during, and after reading
  • Self-monitor comprehension by recognizing when meaning is disrupted and apply strategies to clarify, confirm, or correct
  • Make and confirm/modify predictions before, during, and after reading (e.g., captions, headings, character traits, personal experience)
  • Use examples and details in a text to make inferences about a story or situation
  • Respond to text verbally, in writing, or artistically   
05    Writing: Students will apply the writing process to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish writing using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other standard conventions appropriate for grade level.
  • Use prewriting activities and inquiry tools to generate and organize information (e.g., sketch, brainstorm, web, free write, graphic organizer, storyboarding, and word processing tools)
  • Generate a draft by:

(1) Selecting and organizing ideas relevant to topic, purpose, and genre,

(2) Composing paragraphs with grammatically correct sentences of varying length, and

(3) Revise to improve writing (e.g., quality of ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice)

  • Provide oral and/or written feedback to other writers; utilize others’ feedback to improve own writing
  • Edit writing for format and conventions (e.g., spelling, capitalization, grammar, punctuation)
  • Publish a legible document (e.g., handwritten or electronic)
  • Write legibly in cursive
06    Writing: Students will write for a variety of purposes and audiences in multiple genres.
  • Write in a selected genre considering purpose (e.g., inform, entertain, persuade, instruct)
  • Write considering audience and what the reader needs to know
  • Write considering typical characteristics of a selected genre (e.g., variety of poems, friendly letter, how-to books)
  • Apply an organizational structure appropriate to the task (e.g., logical, sequential order)
  • Analyze models and examples (own and others) of various genres to create a similar piece
07    Speaking & Listening: Students will develop and apply speaking skills to communicate key ideas in a variety of situations.
  • Communicate ideas and information in a clear and concise manner appropriate for the purpose and setting (e.g., language, word choice, sequence, relevance)
  • Demonstrate speaking techniques for a variety of purposes and situations
  • Utilize available media to enhance communication (e.g., poster, overhead)
08    Speaking & Listening: Students will develop and apply active listening skills across a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrate listening skills needed for multiple situations and modalities (e.g., electronic, one-to-one, small/large group, presentation)
  • Use information in order to complete a task
  • Listen, ask questions to clarify, and take notes to ensure accuracy of information
  • Listen to and summarize thoughts, ideas, and information being communicated
09    Speaking & Listening: Students will develop and apply reciprocal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the use of words (e.g., stereotypes, multiple meanings of words)
  • Apply conversation strategies (e.g., face the speaker, listen while others are talking, gain the floor, take turns talking, eye contact, tone, stay on topic, non-verbal cues)
  • Interact and collaborate with others in learning situations by contributing questions, information, opinions, and ideas using a variety of media and formats
10    Multiple Literacies: Students will research, analyze, and communicate information in a variety of media and formats (textual, visual, and digital).
  • Select and use multiple resources to answer guiding questions (e.g., print, electronic)
  • Discuss ethical and legal use of information
  • Practice safe and ethical behaviors when communicating and interacting with others (e.g., safe information to share online, appropriate language use, utilizing appropriate sites and materials)
  • Engage in activities with learners from a variety of cultures through electronic means (e.g., podcasts, video chats, distance learning, e-pals)
  • Identify bias and commercialism (e.g., product placement, advertising)
  • Gather and share information and opinions as a result of communication with others (e.g., video/audio chat, interview, podcast, multi-media presentations)
  • Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information (e.g., social bookmarking, online collaborative tools) 


01    Identify number relationships and place value of numbers through the one hundred thousands.
  • Select place value in 6-digit numbers.
  • Read and write 6-digit numbers.
02    Compare fractional parts.
  • Recognize fractional parts of a whole.
  • Demonstrate understanding of =, <, and >.
03    Estimate and solve problems using multiplication and division.
  • Demonstrate multiplication and division.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of math vocabulary (products, estimate, quotient, rounding).
04    Know basic multiplication and division math facts.
  • Demonstrate the process of multiplication.
  • Demonstrate the process of division.
05    Use linear measurement and demonstrate telling time and simple money transactions.
  • Count mixed collections of coins.
  • Use the decimal notation and the dollar symbol for money.
  • Tell time to 5 minutes.
  • Tell time after the hours.
  • Tell time before the hours.
  • Measure length by using inches, feet, and centimeters.
06    Recognize, describe, and compare two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes using geometric terms.
  • Identify shapes.
  • Match figures to real life objects.
07    Collect, organize, and interpret data to create graphs and make inferences.
  • Understand tally marks.
  • Interpret data in graphs.
  • Compare data from graphs.
08    Identify and use equations to solve story problems.
  • Solve problems by choosing the appropriate operation.
09    Identify, develop, and apply strategies to solve problems using real-life situations.
  • Identify and communicate strategies used to solve problems.
10    Solve mathematical problems using three- and four-digit numbers for addition and subtraction using trading.
  • Understand place value.
  • Understand the concept of trading.
  • Understand the process of addition is joining sets.
  • Understand the process of subtraction is separating sets.



SC K-12.1 Students will combine scientific processes and knowledge with scientific reasoning and critical thinking to ask questions about phenomena and propose explanations based on gathered evidence.

1.      Inquiry

·       SC5.1.1.f Develop a reasonable explanation based on collected data

·       SC5.1.1.g Share information, procedures, and results with peers and/or adults

2.      Nature of Science

·       SC5.1.2.c Recognize many different people study science

3.      Technology

·       SC5.1.3.a Identify a simple problem

·       SC5.1.3.b Propose a solution to a simple problem

·       SC5.1.3.e Communicate the problem, design, and solution


SC K-12.2 Students will integrate and communicate the information, concepts, principles, processes, theories, and models of the Physical Sciences to make connection with the natural and engineered world.

1.      Matter

·       5.2.1.a Identify mixtures and pure substances.

·       5.2.1.b Identify physical properties of matter (color, odor, elasticity, weight, and volume).

·       5.2.1.c Use appropriate metric measurement to describe physical properties.

·       5.2.1.d Identify state changes caused by heating and cooling for solids, liquids and gasses.

·       5.2.2.b Identify physical properties of matter (color, odor, elasticity, weight, and volume).

2.       Energy

·       5.2.3.a Recognize that sound is produced from vibrating objects; the sound can be changed by changing the vibration.

·       5.2.3.b Recognize that light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by an object.

·       5.2.3.c Recognize that light can travel through certain materials and not others (transparent, translucent, and opaque).


SC K-12.3 Students will integrate and communicate the information, concepts, principles, processes, theories, and models of the Life Sciences to make connections with the natural and engineered world.

1.      Structure and Function of Living Systems

·       5.3.1.a Compare and contrast characteristics of living and nonliving things.

·       5.3.1.b Identify how parts of plants and animals function to meet basic needs (e.g., leg of an insect helps an insect move, root of a plant helps the plant obtain water).

2.      Heredity

·       5.3.2.b Identify the life cycle of an organism.


SC K-12.4 Students will integrate and communicate the information, concepts, principles, processes, theories, and models of the Earth and Space Sciences to make connections with the natural and engineered world.

1.      Earth in Space

·       5.4.1.a Recognize that the observed shape of the Moon changes from day to day during a one-month period. (Not waxing, waning or gibbons)

·       5.4.1.b Recognize the motion of objects in the sky (the Sun, the Moon, and stars) change over time in recognizable patterns.

2.      Earth Structures and Processes

·       5.4.2.b Identify weathering, erosion, and deposition as processes that build up or break down Earth’s surface.


Social Studies

01    CULTURE:
  • Describe elements of culture in Omaha.
  • Explain the key events in Omaha history.
  • Interpret and use information from maps and globes.
  • Describe how producers and consumers in the Omaha community are interdependent.
  • Describe how people work together to improve their city.
  • Identify past and present city leaders.

The Six Traits of Writing

01    Ideas
  • Clarity
  • Focus - a small, easy-to-manage topic
  • Good information - from experience, imagination or research
02    Organization-
  • A snappy lead that gets the reader’s attention
  • Order and logic - Clear connections to a main idea
  • A graceful ending - doesn’t just STOP
03    Voice
  • Sounds human–not like technospeak
  • Has the mark of this particular writer
  • Brings the topic to life
  • Is appropriate for the audience, topic, purpose
04    Word Choice
  • Moments that stick with you
  • Relies on strong verbs and precise nouns - not on modifiers
  • Creates word pictures
05    Sentence Fluency
  • Rhythmic
  • Easy to read aloud - inviting
  • Varied sentence length - some long, some short
06    Conventions
  • Spelling
  • Correct punctuation
  • Paragraphs for new topics
  • Quotations to set off dialogue
  • Appropriate capitalization
  • Noun/Verb agreement
  • No arbitrary shifts in tense
  • Layout has eye appeal