• Parents’ Guide to Third Grade Learning Targets

    for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics



    By the end of Third Grade your child should be able to:

    ·         Increase the number of words that can be read fluently.

    ·         Identify meanings of words such as synonyms, antonyms and homonyms.

    ·         Identify meanings of words using context clues and word parts.

    ·         Use information from the story to predict certain events and/or details.

    ·         Identify main idea and supporting details.

    ·         Summarize text.

    ·         Make connections between two different stories.

    ·         Identify different types of genres, such as fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

    ·         Identify literary elements such as character, setting, plot, events, problem, and solution.

    ·         Identify exaggeration in text such as tall tales.

    ·         Identify fact and opinion.

    ·         Identify comprehension skills, such as cause and effect, compare and contrast and sequencing.

    ·         Interpret graphs, charts and headings.

    ·         Self-monitor reading by predicting, inferring, drawing conclusions, clarifying, and summarizing.


    Reading Activities to do at Home:

    ·         Have child read at home at least 20 minutes a day.

    ·         Read appropriate independent text by making sure that there are no more than 5 unknown words on a page.

    ·         Discuss with your child what they are reading.  Ask them questions using who, what, where, when, why and how.

    ·         Provide many different types of reading materials such as newspapers, magazines and poems. 

    ·         Take your child to the library.

    ·         Provide a good role model by reading yourself.

    ·         Purchase books and gift cards to bookstores for birthdays and holidays.




    By the end of Third Grade your child should be able to:

    ·         Write one paragraph with a topic and supporting sentences, and a detailed beginning and ending sentence.

    ·         Use descriptive details relating to the topic.

    ·         Use correct punctuation and capitalization.

    ·         Write for a variety of purposes and audiences (informational, persuasive and narrative).

    ·         Before writing, use strategies and graphic organizers to plan the writing piece.

    ·         Write sentences with various lengths and patterns of simple and compound sentences.

    ·         Edit and revise their writing pieces.



    By the end of Third Grade, your child should be able to:

    ·         Multiply and divide using models, number lines and equal size groups.

    ·         Understand the relationship between multiplication and division.

    ·         Use fractions to represent parts of a whole, set, or points on a number line.

    ·         Use fractions that are equal to, greater than or less than one.

    ·         Classify shapes by their sides and angles.

    ·         Use measurement units to solve for parameter.

    ·         Analyze tables, bar graphs, pictographs and line graphs.

    ·         Apply basic math knowledge to word problems.


    Mathematic Activities to do at Home:

    Children enjoy mathematics because it relates to real life objects and situations.

    ·         Use flash cards for both multiplication and division.

    ·         Use food (pizza, pie, oranges, subs) to demonstrate fractions.

    ·         Use grade appropriate math practice books available at local stores.

    ·         Have your child explain to you how he/she came up with an answer for a math problem.

    ·         Help with the grocery shopping.

    ·         Use a calculator.