Language Arts - Third Grade


  • Decoding including Phonics and structural Analysis
  • Students will use familiar syllables and word patterns to construct new words.
  • Students will dissect unfamiliar words using familiar word parts as context clues for pronunciation and meaning.
  • Students will recognize homophones and homographs.


  • Students will read a variety of literature at grade level text with accuracy and expression, adjusting for type and difficulty of text.

Text Features

  • Students will list and describe the parts of a book.

Analytical Comprehension Strategies

  • Students will predict, ask, and answer questions utilizing prior knowledge and preview.
  • Students will make inferences and draw conclusions from text.
  • Students will analyze the problem and solution in a story or short novel.
  • Students will retell a selection including character, setting, and main idea.
  • Students will design and employ graphic organizers for delving deeply into the meaning of a literary work.
  • Students will distinguish fact from opinion.
  • Students will identify the narrator of a poem, play, or non-fiction literature.
  • Students will make connections from literature to real world experiences before, during and after reading.

Literary Elements and Techniques

  • Students will identify and explain examples of sensory details.
  • Students will compare and contrast literary elements of fiction.
  • Students will identify and use alliteration in writing.
  • Students will analyze the call stories of the prophet Samuel and the apostles according to Matthew’s gospel, comparing those experiences with their own experiences of being called.

Literary Genres: Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Students will read from a variety of genres and develop an interest, even a passion, for a particular genre or author.
  • Students will analyze the difference between fantasy and reality in literary writing.
  • Students will read traditional fairy tales from a variety of cultures, eventually composing their own fairy tales.
  • Students will read from the Bible noting especially the differences between the Old and New Testament.

Independent Reading

  • Students will express an interest in reading for pleasure.
  • Students will utilize Lexile scores in selecting reading materials.




  • Students will utilize teacher feedback to clarify ideas, vary vocabulary, and improve their use of writing conventions.


  • Students will identify declarative, exclamatory, interrogative and imperative sentences using correct ending punctuation.
  • Students will capitalize the titles of individuals, as well as abbreviated titles.
  • Students will capitalize names of streets, avenues, and roads, as well as the directions from a compass.
  • Students will capitalize the names of countries, continents and oceans.
  • Students will use commas in a series, in a compound sentence and between the name of a city and state and with dates.
  • Students will use commas in a friendly letter.
  • Students will use the apostrophe in the singular possessive and contractions with teacher assistance.
  • Students will construct compound sentences using accurate subject –verb agreement and coordinating conjunctions.
  • Students will identify and use subject and object pronouns and adverbs in written and verbal language.


  • Students will compose paragraphs using the 5 sentence model with a main idea, three fact-based details, and a concluding sentence.
  • Students will compose narrative, descriptive and expository writing.
  • Students will identify appropriate settings for and compose friendly letters and diary and journal entries.
  • Students will accurately address all parts of an envelope for mailing purposes.
  • Students will publish their own compositions using a word-processing program.


  • Students will appropriately use margins and indentations in composing text.
  • Students will print legibly and begin the process of using cursive.
  • Students will assess their own handwriting.

 Vocabulary and Word Analysis

  • Students will accurately use affixes when deconstructing and constructing new words.
  • Students will demonstrate that when adding a prefix to a word to change its meaning the spelling of the root or base word remains the same.
  • Students will demonstrate that when adding a suffix to a word ending in y preceded by a consonant the y is usually changed to i before ed, ing.
  • Students will double l, f, s at the end of one syllable words and some two syllable words.
  • Students will correctly use the c-v-c spelling rule that defines when adding ed, ing double the final consonant.
  • Students will recite and use the spelling rule that states i before e except after c unless it says a as in neighbor and weigh.
  • Students will develop increased vocabulary for reading, speaking and writing by using synonyms and antonyms.
  • Students will select correct meaning and use multi-meaning words accurately.
  • Students will accurately spell teacher-selected homophones and homographs.

Listening and Speaking

  • Students will exhibit affective expression during presentations.
  • Students will give clear oral directions to complete a two step task.
  • Students will demonstrate increased vocabulary in conversations and class discussions.
  • Students will summarize verbally and in writing following an oral presentation.

Information Literacy

  • Students will read and respond independently to a previously unseen text.
  • Students will select and use appropriate learning strategy to retain new material to be evidenced in a testing format
  • Students will use a dictionary for word origin and syllabication. 
  • Students will alphabetize to a third letter and beyond.
  • Students will gather facts for a short, multi-paragraphed informative essay and oral presentation.
  • Students will use teacher-approved search engines to locate web sources.
  • Students will navigate teacher-approved websites to search for relevant information.
  • Students will acknowledge sources used for information and data gathering by listing essential bibliographic information with teacher assistance.
  • Students will use reliable sources to gather information and re-create the stories of St. Charles Lwanga and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.