3rd Grade Competencies


Use This Table to Navigate This Page
Behaviors That Affect Learning Literacy Math Science Social Studies

Behaviors That Affect Learning

  • Shows respect for self, adults, children, and property.
  • Works cooperatively.
  • Uses time productively.
  • Listens attentively.
  • Follows directions.
  • Organizes materials and tasks.
  • Strives to produce quality work.
  • Participates and contributes to own learning.
  • Handles/Resolves conflicts appropriately.
  • Problem solves and thinks independently.

(back to top)


  • Demonstrates understanding of text by identifying main idea and details.
  • Uses illustrations and text features to demonstrate understanding of text.
  • Reads fluently with appropriate pace, accuracy, and expression to support comprehension.
  • Compares and contrasts elements of literature, informational texts, pictures, graphics, and/or videos to support comprehension.
  • Conducts research and finds information to answer questions.
  • Sustains independent reading.


  • Uses correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure when writing.
  • Writes opinion pieces, supporting a point of view with reasons.
  • Writes informative pieces that convey ideas and information clearly.
  • Writes narrative pieces using logical sequence and descriptive details.
  • Produces quality writing using the writing process (plan, revise, edit, publish) with peer or adult guidance.

Speaking & Listening

  • Engages meaningfully in classroom discussions (one-on-one, in groups, teacher-led).
  • Presents information that is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


  • Determines the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases using a variety of strategies.
  • Demonstrates understanding of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

(back to top)


  • Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.
  • Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • Multiply and divide within 100.
  • Add and subtract within 1000.
  • Communicates reasoning and explains thinking using vocabulary.
  • Models thinking using words, pictures, symbols and/or mathematical models.
  • Solves problems using structures and patterns.

(back to top)


  • Uses scientific methods to ask questions, develop predictions, follow procedures, make observations, and  draw conclusions.
  • Describes changes found in nature (i.e., rock cycle, life cycle of a mealworm).
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts.

(back to top)

Social Studies

  • Applies map skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of how communities interact, adapt, and change
  • Demonstrates understanding of how immigration and culture has shaped our country

(back to top)