3rd Grade Competencies


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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Uses and understands place value.
  • Accurately adds and subtracts within 1000.
  • Fluently multiplies and divides within 100.
  • Understands the relationship between fractions.
  • Applies appropriate strategies to solve two-step problems.
  • Uses knowledge of geometry to create and study shapes.
  • Tells time to the nearest minute.
  • Accurately collects, records, and analyzes data.
  • Accurately measures liquid volume and mass.
  • Determines area and perimeter.
  • Uses the eight mathematical practices.
  • Explains mathematical thinking using words, pictures, symbols, etc.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of basic math facts.

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  • 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.

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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

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