Third Grade

Mandatory requirements from the Department of Education for promotion to 4th grade:

Students must score above a Level 1 on the Florida Standardized Assessment.

In grade three, students will build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in a variety of articles, books, and other texts.  The following are a list of standards students will be learning in reading and math determined by the Florida State Standards.


  • Describe characters in a story and how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • Determine the central message or lesson of a story.
  • Refer to parts of stories or poems when speaking about a text (e.g. chapter, scene, and stanza) and describe how they build on one another. 
  • Describe the connection between parts of a text (e.g. compare/contrast, cause/effect and first/second/third). 
  • Explain how illustrations show what is being told in the story.
  • Ask and answer questions to show understanding of a text.
  • Compare and contrast two different stories with the same topic.
  • Determine the point of view of a narrator or character in a text or story.
  • Use information from illustrations and words in a text to show understanding (e.g. where, when, why, how). 
  • Compare and contrast books from a series.
  • Define and explain 3rd grade vocabulary on a given topic. 
  • Use text features and search tools to locate information on a given topic.
  • Find the main idea and details in a story. 
  • Apply phonics skills and context clues to decode and understand words.
  • Read with accurate fluency to support comprehension.


  • Identify patterns in addition and multiplication tables and explain them.
  • Be fluent with multiplication and division facts.
  • Determine the unknown number in a multiplication or division problem.
  • Solve two-step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Fluently add and subtract whole numbers to 1,000.
  • Round whole numbers to nearest 10 or 100.
  • Create and understand different types of charts and graphs. 
  • Recognize, understand and explain equivalent fractions.
  • Understand and represent fractions as a number on the number line.
  • Measure lengths using rulers to the nearest quarter inch and represent it on a line plot.
  • Describe, compare and draw shapes based on their attributes.
  • Divide shapes into parts with equal area and express the area of each part as a fraction.
  • Measure areas by counting unit squares.
  • Solve real word problems involving area and perimeter using various strategies.
  • Solve word problems that require measurement and estimates of liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of measurement.
  • Tell time to the nearest minute and solve word problems involving addition/subtraction of time intervals using a model.