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Grade 3 Standards and Performance Indicators

RSU 5 Standards and Performance Indicators

Grade 3


Habits of Work


  • Respect: respect for the ideas, feelings, and property of others


  • Preparedness: timeliness, organization, homework completion


  • Engagement: participation, interpersonal involvement, group-work


  • Determination: ability to self-assess; persistence, effective use of feedback



Foundational Skills

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


  • Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Writing Production

  • Handwrites with appropriate alignment and size, form, neatness and spacing


  • Uses visual as well as sound patterns to spell one syllable words


Narrative Reading

Literal Comprehension

  • Summarize the parts of the story that relate to what she's reading.
  • Summarizes in a way that demonstrates what she knows about the story and its story elements.
  • Identifies the characters—their traits and wants— and recaps important events using sequence words
  • Identifies the problem and solution.

Interpretive Reading

  • Identifies the big life lesson (the theme), noticing how a character changes across the story.
  • Identifies how major events across several books are similar or different.
  • Supports thinking with evidence from the text.

Analytic Reading

  • Reads to get ideas and information about the world. Learns about places, growing ideas about families, or friendships.


Informational Reading

Literal Comprehension

  • Identifies the main idea in text.
  • Identifies  important supporting details (or points) that go with the main idea.
  • Summarizes briefly, leaving out unimportant things.

Interpretive Reading

  • Reads two texts (or parts of a text) that teach about the same subtopic, and finds information on a subtopic from both texts (or parts of one text), and puts that information together.
  • Compares and contrasts the information that two texts (or parts of a text) teach about a topic.
  • Identifies similarities and differences in the specific information each text presents.

Analytic Reading   

  • Summarizes a text and adds own ideas in writing or discussion. For example, the reader might ask a question and try to answer it.
  • Applies learning to a real-world problem or situation.
  • Notices when learning doesn’t match prior knowledge/ experience, and thinks about what to make of that.                



Narrative Writing


  • Writing is organized according to purpose with a beginning, middle, and end


  • Pieces are elaborated to include a variety of details, talk, and action


  • Applies spelling and punctuation in written work


Informational Writing


  • Writing teaches readers information about a subject that includes ideas, observations, and questions.
  • Information is grouped into parts
  • Each part is focused and connected to the big topic.


  • Writing includes expert words to teach readers a lot about the subject.
  • Writing teaches information in a way to interest readers. Writing may include drawings, captions, or diagrams.


  • Applies spelling and punctuation in written work


Opinion Writing


  • Writing includes an opinion and ideas on a text or a topic
  • Writing includes  several reasons or examples why readers should agree with the stated opinion and includes at least several sentences about each reason.
  • Writing is organized so that each part of writing is mostly about one thing.


  • Writing includes an opinion and multiple sentences to  explain supporting reasons 


  • Applies spelling and punctuation in written work


Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.



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 two step word problems involving the four operations

Number and Operations in Base Ten

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

Numbers and Operations - Fractions

  • Develop an understanding of fractions as numbers

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and estimation
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Understand concepts of area and its relationship to addition and multiplication
  • Solve problems involving perimeter


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Communication and Reasoning

  • Demonstrate Standards for Mathematical Practices



Demonstrates Understanding of Science Content

Demonstrates Scientific Practices


Social Studies

Demonstrates understanding of social studies content

Applies social studies processes, knowledge and skills



  • Singing
  • Playing Instruments
  • Reading music
  • Listening


Physical Education

  • Participates in physical fitness activities
  • Demonstrates a variety of sports skills
  • Demonstrates cooperative skills during physical activities.



  • Demonstrates understanding of art concepts
  • Demonstrates creative problem solving
  • Demonstrates art skills



  • Demonstrates understanding of concepts taught