Third-Grade English Language Arts (ELA) Standards

third-grade-languageThird grade is a busy year in elementary school. Your child is expected to read fluently, write and spell correctly and build upon English language arts skills throughout the year.  Here are some examples of the skills he or she will practice in third-grade English language arts, along with useful questions to ask your son or daughter’s teacher, and strategies for helping him or her learn at home.

Reading Literature and Informational Text

  • Learn the difference between literal and figurative word meanings and understand how these words and phrases are used in a text.
  • Be able to compare and contrast two writings about the same subject.
  • By the end of third grade, read stories, plays, poems and informational text at the upper end of grade-appropriate complexity.


  • Write fiction that establishes a setting and character(s) and that describes events in a logical sequence.
  • Conduct short, independent research projects on grade-appropriate topics.
  • With adult help, create and publish writing using technology (including typing skills).

Speaking and Listening

  • Prepare for and participate in class and group discussions, expressing thoughts clearly while giving other students a chance to speak.


  • When writing or speaking, demonstrate knowledge of standard English usage and grammar, including subject-verb agreement.
  • Use correct spelling; consult a dictionary to clarify the spelling and meaning of words.
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