Third Grade


As members of Yarmouth Elementary School students work to become caring, respectful, and fair citizens.

A Responsible Classroom Citizen

  • Exhibits verbal self-control

  • Exhibits physical self-control

  • Respects community members

  • Accepts responsibility for work

  • Accepts responsibility for behavior

  • Is a collaborative worker

A Self-Directed Lifelong Learner

  • Is organized

  • Attentive during instruction

  • Works independently

  • Strives for personal best

  • Perseveres with challenges

  • Completes homework

  • Communicates effectively


Foundational Skills

  • Decodes by applying grade level phonics and word analysis skills

  • Reads grade level texts with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension


  • Retells with key details, character’s actions, and evidence from the text

  • Understands how successive parts of texts build on earlier sections

  • Understands varying points of view

  • Compares and contrasts story elements

  • Reads and comprehends literature independently at grade level

Informational Text

  • Provides evidence from a text to demonstrate comprehension

  • Determines the main idea using key details to summarize

  • Uses text features to understand relevant vocabulary and comprehend text

  • Compares and contrasts nonfiction texts

  • Reads and comprehends informational texts independently at grade level


Text Types and Purposes:

  • Narrative Writing

    • Structure: Writes sequenced stories with leads, transitions, paragraphs, and endings

    • Development: Includes effective word choice and uses details such as feelings, actions, dialogue or thoughts

  • Informational Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing in sections and paragraphs to teach about a topic

    • Development: Includes facts, definitions, details, steps, or observations about a topic

  • Opinion Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing in paragraphs to share an opinion using a lead, transitions and an ending

    • Development: Includes reasons and supports them to persuade a reader and provoke feelings

Writing Process:

  • Planning: Generates many ideas and chooses which ones to include in the planning process

  • Revising: Reviews writing to add details, reorganize or delete parts

  • Editing: Rereads writing to check for correct sentence structure, punctuation and capital letters

  • Spelling: Applies grade-level word study concepts and uses resources to help with spelling

  • Writing Habits: Writes with grade-level stamina, volume and engagement 


The following goals are expected to be secure by the end of Grade 3. Please note that these are secure goals, but they are not the only concepts to which students will be exposed at this grade level. Students will have a rich curriculum, and their experiences in math will introduce them to many new concepts that will deepen over time.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division

  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division

  • Multiply and divide within 100

  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects

  • Represent and interpret data

  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition

  • Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Basic Fact Fluency

  • Addition

  • Subtraction

  • Multiplication