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Third grade: What your child should know

Keep tabs on your third-grader's development with this handy checklist.

By GreatSchools Staff

No two kids are alike, especially when it comes to hitting developmental benchmarks. But it helps to have a rough idea of which academic and social skills your child should acquire at his or her grade level. Learn more about the third-grade classroom in these subject areas: reading, writing, language arts, math, science, technology, social studies, art, music, and physical education. Or check your state's academic standards to find out what students are required to learn.

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Work cooperatively and productively with other children in small groups to complete projects
  • Understand how choices affect consequences
  • Become more organized and logical in her thinking processes
  • Build stronger friendships
  • Be more influenced by peer pressure because friends are very important at this stage
  • Like immediate rewards for behavior
  • Be able to copy from a chalkboard
  • Be able to write neatly in cursive because the small muscles of the hand have developed
  • Read longer stories and chapter books with expression and comprehension of the theme
  • Use prefixes, suffixes, and root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words
  • Multiply and divide single- and multi-digit numbers
  • Know the products of all one-digit numbers by memory
  • Tell time to the nearest quarter- and half-hour and to five minutes and one minute, using AM and PM
  • Be able to conduct week(s)-long interviews and research projects and write on a topic
  • Use linking words such as because, therefore, since, for example, also, another, and, more, and but to show sequence, contrast, and causation
  • Be prepared for a discussion, having read or studied required material

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