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Third Grade Standards

What your student will be working on in Third Grade
ELA (Literacy Math

Writing, reading, speaking, and listening by using what they know about the English language.

Fluently adding and subtracting within 1,000.

Reading closely to find main ideas and supporting details in a story.

Beginning to multiply numbers with more than one digit (e.g., multiplying 9 x 80).

Reading grade-level stories and poems aloud fluently, without pausing to figure out what each word means.

Multiplying and Dividing up to 10 x 10 quickly and accurately, including knowing the times tables from memory).

Writing stories that establish a situation and include details and clear sequences of events that describe the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters.

Solving word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Writing opinions or explanations that group related information and develop topics with facts and details.

Understanding fractions and relate them to the familiar system of whole numbers (e.g., recognizing that 3⁄1 and 3 are the same number).


Help Your Child Learn at Home

Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate. You should also try to sit down with your child at least once a week for 15 to 30 minutes while he or she works on homework. This will keep you informed about what your child is working on, and it will help you be the first to know if your child needs help with specific topics. Additionally, here are some activities you can do with your child to support learning at home:

English Language Arts and Literacy:

  • Make reading for fun a part of your child’s daily routine

  • Encourage your child to find a picture from a newspaper or magazine, cut it out, paste it on paper, and write a story about it

  • Encourage your child to tell you about his or her day at school

  • Start a family vocabulary box or jar. Have everyone write down new words they discover, add them to the box, and use the words in conversation


Look for “word problems” in real life. Some 3rd grade examples might include:

  • Notice those everyday occasions when you find yourself using your times tables —such as to determine how many days there are in four weeks. Ask your child for the answer.

  • Involve your child when you notice yourself using division to “work backward” in the times tables —such as determining how many candies each child will get if 36 candies are shared equally among nine children at a party?

For more information, the full standards are available at