Progress Report Information: Grade 3

Information for Parents and Guardians

Grade 3 Information for Parents and Guardians

The information below helps you understand how the curriculum your child is learning aligns to the progress report standards. The items listed under each standard outline the content students learn over the course of the year. Not all standards will be taught each quarter. Content not taught in a particular classroom or school (e.g., band, strings, World Languages) will be marked as “nt” (not taught) on the progress report.


Listens and speaks for specific purposes

  • Participates in group discussions by explaining what has been learned and staying on topic
  • Organizes ideas sequentially around a main topic
  • Communicates so that others understand
  • Asks and responds to questions
  • Understands and thinks about the speaker’s main points
  • Learns and uses specific vocabulary

Locates and uses information from a variety of sources

  • Uses print and online reference materials
  • Uses tables of contents, indices, and charts
  • Understands the difference between plagiarism and using own words

Reads with accuracy and fluency

  • Uses sound-letter relationships, the meaning of words, and the way language works to read unfamiliar words
  • Uses expression and phrasing
  • Increases number of known words

Reads with understanding

  • Uses context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Uses knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones
  • Continues to develop vocabulary
  • Uses reading strategies such as predicting, questioning, and connecting to own experiences
  • Identifies the main topic and begins to summarize important ideas
  • Uses text features including headings, graphs, and tables of contents
  • Locates specific information in a reading selection
  • Monitors own comprehension while reading
  • Uses available technology for reading

Writes with purpose, clarity, and expression

  • Identifies the intended audience
  • Generates ideas and develops a plan for writing
  • Groups ideas related to the topic and develops questions based on that topic
  • Includes descriptive details
  • Revises by adding, deleting, and changing information
  • Uses available technology

Edits for usage and mechanics in own writing

  • Learns and uses cursive style
  • Uses gradelevel appropriate editing for:
  • capitalization
  • punctuation
  • paragraphing
  • sentence structure
  • grammar
  • spelling
  • Uses available technology


Explains how the people and events of the past have influenced the present

  • Explains how contributions of Ancient Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt have influenced the present world
  • Describe oral tradition (storytelling), government, (kings), and economic development (trade) or the early West African empire of Mali

Reads maps and understands the impact of geography on culture

  • Develop map skills by using globes and maps to locate and describe major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of all seven continents
  • Develop map skills and an understanding of change over time by locating major ancient world cultures (at the beginning of their culture) on world maps
  • Describe how people in ancient world cultures adapted to their environment
  • Compares the climate, water features, and land of China and Egypt
  • Locates Greece, Rome, China and Egypt on a map
  • Positions/labels the 7 continents and 5 oceans to create a world map
  • Uses Equator and Prime Meridian to identify the four hemispheres
  • Locates specific places on a simple letter-number grid system
  • Reads and constructs maps, tables, graphs and/or charts

Recognizes the structure of government and the relationship among rules, laws, and becoming a good citizen

  • Explain the responsibilities of a good citizen by:
    • Respecting and protecting the rights and property of others
    • Taking part in the voting process when making classroom decisions
    • Describing actions that can improve the school and community
    • Demonstrating self-discipline and self-reliance
    • Practicing honesty and trustworthiness
  • Explains the purpose of laws
  • Explains the basic purposes of government (make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken)
  • Explains that government protects the rights & property of individuals
  • Recognizes that Americans are a people of diverse, ethnic origins, customs, and traditions who are united by basic principles of a republican form of government and respect for individual rights and freedoms

Understands economic concepts and the impact of economics on culture

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different cultures and their natural, human, and capital resources in the production of goods and services
  • Recognize that because people and regions cannot produce everything they want, they specialize in what they do best and trade for the rest
  • Identifies examples of economic choice and explains opportunity cost


Represents numbers accurately and understand number relationships

  • Reads, writes, and identifies place value for sixdigit numerals
  • Rounds whole numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand
  • Compares two whole numbers between 0 to 9,999
  • Recognizes and uses relationships between addition and subtraction to complete basic fact sentences
  • Names and writes the fractions represented by a given model
  • Models fractions (including mixed numbers)
  • Compares fractions having like and unlike denominators

Computes numbers with fluency/makes reasonable estimates

  • Estimates and solves single-step and multistep problems involving the sum/difference of two whole numbers each 9,999 or less
  • Recalls the multiplication and division facts through the 12’s table
  • Represents multiplication and division with a model
  • Creates and solves multiplication problems where one factor is 99 or less and the second factor is 5 or less
  • Adds and subtracts with fractions having like denominators

Measures with accuracy and estimates measurements

  • Counts and compares money; make change
  • Estimates and uses US Customary and metric units to measure length, liquid volume, and weight/mass
  • Measures distance around a figure to determine perimeter
  • Counts the number of square units to determine area
  • Tells time to the nearest minute using analog and digital clocks
  • Determines elapsed time in onehour increments
  • Identifies equivalent relationships among days/months/years and minutes/hours
  • Reads temperature to nearest degree using Celsius/Fahrenheit thermometer

Analyzes characteristics of geometric figures and demonstrates an understanding of spatial relationships

  • Identifies, describes, compares, and contrasts attributes of geometric figures
  • Identifies and draws representations of points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles
  • Identifies and describes congruent & noncongruent plane figures

Uses data to describe, interpret, and predict events

  • Collects and organizes data using a variety of methods
  • Constructs line plots, picture graphs, bar graphs
  • Reads, interprets, and analyzes data represented in a variety of graphs
  • Investigates and describes probability as chance and list possible results

Represents situations and mathematical relationships with algebraic symbols

  • Recognizes, describes, and extends a variety of patterns
  • Investigates and identifies examples of the identity and commutative properties for addition and multiplication
  • Writes equivalent and nonequivalent number sentences


Investigates and demonstrates understanding of the natural world in a systematic way like a scientist and applies these skills and knowledge to solve problems

  • Makes observations and repeats to ensure accuracy
  • Formulates predictions using a variety of sources and information
  • Develops questions to formulate hypotheses
  • Estimates and measures volume, length, mass, and temperature
  • Makes inferences and draws conclusions
  • Classifies objects,
  • Designs and builds models
  • Gathers, charts, graphs, analyzes, and communicates data
  • Recognizes unexpected or unusual quantitative data
  • Measures time to the nearest minute
  • Sequences natural events chronologically
  • Applies science content to current issues and applications
  • Understands conservation of resources

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of physical science including matter, force, motion, and energy

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • purpose, function, materials
  • visible physical changes
  • physical properties remain the same as size is changed
  • objects are made of one or more materials
  • simple and compound machines

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of life science including life processes and living systems

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • animal and plant life cycles
  • behavioral and physical adaptations
  • interdependency of plants and animals
  • hibernation, migration, camouflage, mimicry, instinct
  • producer, consumer, and decomposer
  • herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore
  • predator and prey
  • aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • population and community
  • effects of human activity on air, water, and habitat
  • effects of fire, flood, disease, and erosion on organisms

Demonstrates understanding of  Earth’s patterns, cycles, changes, and Earth/Space Systems

  • Investigates and understands the following:
  • soil provides support and nutrients for plant growth
  • topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock
  • rock, clay, silt, sand and humus as components of soils
  • soil is a natural resource and should be conserved
  • patterns of natural events
  • many sources of water on Earth
  • energy from the sun drives the water cycle and involves several processes
  • sources of nonrenewable energy (fossil fuels)
  • sources of renewable energy: solar, wind and moving water


Acquires, interprets, and understands health concepts

  • Identify structures, functions, and importance of the digestive system
  • Identify and explain the importance of healthy food and beverage choices
  • Describe the benefits of physical activity, personal fitness, and sleep
  • Define and describe non-communicable diseases
  • Describe proper and improper uses of medication
  • Identify body systems affected by alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Explain and create safety rules and strategies for at home, school, and community and recognize safe and harmful behaviors
  • Identify steps for healthy goal setting
  • Describe emotions that result from change and describe positive interactions
  • Identify appropriate ways to communicate 

Identifies valid and accurate health information, products, and services to make healthy decisions

  • Evaluate how activity an diet choices impact health and determine appropriate water consumption
  • Compare proper and improper uses of medicines and consequences associated
  • Analyze harmful effects of ATOD on body systems and describe refusal skills
  • Explain the importance of safety rules and protective gear
  • Identify the benefits of setting health goals and strategies for solving health-related problems
  • Identify appropriate ways to express feelings and solve conflicts
  • Analyze how reducing, reusing, and recycling promote a healthy environment

Demonstrates appropriate health practices and behaviors to promote a safe and healthy community

  • Evaluate the role of the digestive system
  • Develop a physical activity plan and a family safety plan
  • Identify ways technology has improved healthcare
  • Create message for medicine use
  • Describe the effects of ATOD, explain the effects of mind-altering drugs on behavior, and encourage others to not use drugs
  • Discuss ways to prevent injuries
  • Demonstrate ways to make and keep friends
  • Demonstrates positive communication and interactions with family and friends
  • Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • Practice disaster-preparedness at home and school


Engages in the creative process to develop artworks and express meaning

  • Develops ideas for artworks before beginning
  • Reflects on art and art making by describing and explaining own artwork
  • Expresses personally relevant ideas in artworks

Applies art media and techniques appropriately to produce artworks

  • Uses a variety of art materials to produce artwork
  • Explores methods of representing subject matter
  • Follows appropriate steps in art making
  • Uses art materials safely and appropriately
  • Demonstrates control and craftsmanship with art materials

Demonstrates an understanding of art by engaging with art history, culture, criticism, and aesthetics 

  • Engages in discussions about artworks from different places and times to inform art making
  • Responds to own and other’s artwork
  • Uses art vocabulary appropriately to identify and describe artwork
  • Uses and applies knowledge from other subject areas when creating artwork


Develops and Demonstrates competency in motor skills

  • Demonstrate critical elements for manipulative skills in combination
  • Demonstrate self-turn jump rope, simple dances, and an educational gymnastics sequence

Applies basic anatomy and physiology and movement concepts and principles, to improve motor skills

  • Apply the concept of open space while moving
  • Identify major muscles and bones
  • Name one activity and the muscles and bones needed to perform
  • Describe components and function of the cardiorespiratory system

Applies knowledge of fitness and active lifestyles to evaluate and plan for personal fitness

  • Explain the health-related components of fitness, identify one measure for each, and demonstrate one activity for each; cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition
  • Identify levels of intensity

Demonstrates skills and behaviors leading to personal and group success in physical activity, both in and out of school

  • Explain the importance of rules, provide input into establishing rules, and demonstrate implementation of rules and guidelines
  • Describe the importance of cooperating and work cooperatively
  • Implement teacher feedback to improve performance and provide appropriate feedback to a classmate
  • Describe one group physical activity to participate in for enjoyment

Demonstrates knowledge of the basic nutrition and fitness concepts of energy balance

  • Explain energy balance
  • Identify one food per food group for a healthy meal and healthy hydration choices
  • Identify macronutrients and foods that are healthy sources of each macronutrient


Develops and demonstrates skills in singing

  • Sing with consistent pitch accuracy (in tune)
  • Maintain individual part when singing in simple two-part ensembles
  • Sing with expression, using dynamics and tempo
  • Improvise vocally

Develops and demonstrates skills in playing instruments

  • Maintain individual part while performing instrumental compositions with three or more parts
  • Perform and improvise accompaniments, ostinati and pentatonic melodies 

Responds to music with movement

  • Perform and improvise movement to a wide variety of music
  • Participate in action songs, singing games, line, circle  and folk dances

Develops and demonstrates music literacy skills

  • Identify, read and notate simple rhythmic patterns and pentatonic melodies
  • Identify musical symbols, dynamic markings and notes written on the treble clef
  • Compose rhythmic patterns and pentatonic melodies

Applies critical listening skills when responding to and connecting with music

  • Describe music and music performances from a variety of styles periods and cultures with music terminology
  • Aurally and visually identify orchestral instruments
  • Identify selected compositions and composers from four periods of musical history
  • Analyze individual music performances and reflect on success and areas for improvement



Communicates effectively in the target language in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes

  • Answers familiar questions using phrases and simple sentences
  • Copies phrases and simple sentences
  • Uses memorized language in familiar situations

Interacts with cultural competence and understanding

  • Imitates and identifies items or customs used by people in the countries studied
  • Begins to investigate different cultural points of view


Communicates effectively in the target language in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes

  • Asks and answers familiar questions using predominantly simple sentences
  • Writes using mostly simple sentences
  • Uses independently created language  in familiar situations

Interacts with cultural competence and understanding

  • Imitates and identifies items or customs used by people in the countries studied
  • Begins to investigate different cultural points of view


Demonstrates skills playing selected instrument as an individual and a member of an ensemble

  • Demonstrate correct body and hand positions, finger patterns, tone production, articulation, phrasing and expression
  • Demonstrate appropriate ensemble skills

Develops and demonstrates music literacy skills

  • Read, write and perform music with various rhythmic patterns and meters
  • Identify key signatures and scales

Develops and applies critical listening skills as an individual and a member of an ensemble

  • Sing simple melodic tonal patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately match tone, intonation and volume with others