BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 03


glossary icon3rd Grade English
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Third GradeThird grade is a pivotal year for your child. Learning to read with fluency and confidence will serve as a foundation for the reading demands in later grades. By practicing with learning-to-read strategies, your child will reliably be able to make sense of multisyllable words in books. He or she will come to appreciate that words have meanings that are not literal (e.g., a piece of cake) and have relationships to other words (e.g., company and companion). Recognizing and understanding words will help your child read increasingly challenging stories and books and build knowledge about the world around him or her. By the end of the year, your child also will be writing clear sentences and paragraphs on a range of topics, drawing on an expanding vocabulary.

ELA-03.RL Strand:

[RL] Reading Literature

    • ELA-03.RL.01 Ask and answer questions to Demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    • ELA-03.RL.02 recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures to determine the central message, lesson, or moral and Explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
    • ELA-03.RL.03 Describe characters in a story and their actions.
    • ELA-03.RL.04 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
    • ELA-03.RL.05 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
    • ELA-03.RL.06 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
    • ELA-03.RL.07 Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
    • ELA-03.RL.08 Not applicable to literature
    • ELA-03.RL.09 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters.
    • ELA-03.RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, on grade level independently and proficiently.

ELA-03.RI Strand:

[RI] Reading Information

    • ELA-03.RI.01 Ask and answer questions to Demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    • ELA-03.RI.02 determine the main Idea of a text and recount the key details to Explain how they support the main idea.
    • ELA-03.RI.03 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
    • ELA-03.RI.04 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
    • ELA-03.RI.05 Use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
    • ELA-03.RI.06 Identify first and third person points of view.
    • ELA-03.RI.07 Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
    • ELA-03.RI.08 Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text.
    • ELA-03.RI.09 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
    • ELA-03.RI.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, on grade level independently

ELA-03.RF Strand:

[RF] Reading Foundational

    • ELA-03.RF.03 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
      • ELA-3.RF.03.a Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes
      • ELA-3.RF.03.b Decode words with common Latin suffixes.
      • ELA-3.RF.03.c Decode multi-syllable words.
      • ELA-3.RF.03.d Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
    • ELA-03.RF.04 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
      • ELA-3.RF.04.a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
      • ELA-3.RF.04.b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
      • ELA-3.RF.04.c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

ELA-03.W Strand:

[W] Writing

    • ELA-03.W.01 Write opinion pieces on familiar topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
      • ELA-3.W.01.a Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
      • ELA-3.W.01.b Provide reasons that support the opinion.
      • ELA-3.W.01.c Use transitional words and phrases to connect opinion and reasons.
      • ELA-3.W.01.d Provide a concluding statement or section.
    • ELA-03.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • ELA-3.W.02.a Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
      • ELA-3.W.02.b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
      • ELA-3.W.02.c Use transitional words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information.
      • ELA-3.W.02.d Provide a concluding statement or section.
    • ELA-03.W.03 Write narratives to Develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
      • ELA-3.W.03.a Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
      • ELA-3.W.03.b Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
      • ELA-3.W.03.c Use transitional words and phrases to signal event order.
      • ELA-3.W.03.d Provide a sense of closure.
    • ELA-03.W.04 Produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
    • ELA-03.W.05 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
    • ELA-03.W.06 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish grade-level writing using keyboarding skills/digital tools as well as to interact and collaborate with others. Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3.
    • ELA-03.W.07 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
    • ELA-03.W.08 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
    • ELA-03.W.09 (Begins in grade 4)

ELA-03.SL Strand:

[SL] Speaking and Listening

    • ELA-03.SL.01 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.
    • ELA-03.SL.02 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • ELA-03.SL.03 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
    • ELA-03.SL.04 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.
    • ELA-03.SL.05 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.
    • ELA-03.SL.06 Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

ELA-03.L Strand:

[L] Language

    • ELA-03.L.01 Within the context of authentic English writing and speaking…
      • ELA-3.L.01.a Produce complex and compound-complex sentences.
      • ELA-3.L.01.b Form and use the progressive verb tenses.
      • ELA-3.L.01.c Form and use the perfect verb tenses.
      • ELA-3.L.01.d Use helping and modal auxiliaries to convey various conditions.
      • ELA-3.L.01.e Form and use prepositional phrases.
      • ELA-3.L.01.f Ensure subject verb-agreement.
      • ELA-3.L.01.g Produce compound sentences.
      • ELA-3.L.01.h Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.
      • ELA-3.L.01.i Use regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/.
      • ELA-3.L.01.j Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
      • ELA-3.L.01.k Use abstract nouns.
      • ELA-3.L.01.l Use possessive nouns.
      • ELA-3.L.01.m Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
      • ELA-3.L.01.n Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
      • ELA-3.L.01.o Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
      • ELA-3.L.01.p Correctly use common homophones..
      • ELA-3.L.01.q Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentence (simple subject/verb agreement).
      • ELA-3.L.01.r Use collective nouns.
      • ELA-3.L.01.s Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs.
      • ELA-3.L.01.t Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future.
      • ELA-3.L.01.u Use reflexive pronouns.
      • ELA-3.L.01.v Use demonstratives (that, those, these, this)
      • ELA-3.L.01.w Use adverbs depending on what is to be modified.
      • ELA-3.L.01.x Use and explain interjections.
    • ELA-03.L.02 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • ELA-03.L.03 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
      • ELA-3.L.03.a Choose words and phrases for effect.
      • ELA-3.L.03.b Recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English.
    • ELA-03.L.04 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
      • ELA-3.L.04.a Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
      • ELA-3.L.04.b Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word.
      • ELA-3.L.04.c Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root.
      • ELA-3.L.04.d Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
    • ELA-03.L.05 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
      • ELA-3.L.05.a Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context.
      • ELA-3.L.05.b Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
      • ELA-3.L.05.c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty.
    • ELA-03.L.06 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 3rd Grade

  • Reading closely to find main ideas and supporting details in a story
  • Describing the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in stories (e.g., first, second, third; cause and effect)
  • Comparing the most important points and key details presented in two books on the same topic
  • Writing opinions or explanations that group related information and develop topics with facts and details
  • Writing stories that establish a situation and include details and clear sequences of events that describe the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters
  • Independently conducting short research projects that build knowledge about various topics
  • Asking and answering questions about information he or she hears from a speaker or while participating in classroom discussions, offering appropriate elaboration and detail that build on what others have said
  • Reading stories and poems aloud fluently, without pausing to figure out what each word means
  • Distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words, such as something’s fishy and cold shoulder
  • Spelling correctly and consulting dictionaries to clarify meanings of words