Reading - 3rd Grade


  • Analyze word structure and apply decoding concepts: suffixes y, out, ly, ful, ness, less, tion, and ment; prefixes re, un, dis; synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, contractions with "have"
  • Decode words with common Latin suffixes, multi-syllable words


  • Demonstrate understanding of rereading and using context clues to recognize unfamiliar words
  • Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words in phrases
  • Demonstrate use of appropriate comprehension strategies to find meaning; includes strategies such as activating prior knowledge, establishing purpose, self-correcting and self-monitoring, rereading, making predictions, finding context clues, developing visual images, and applying knowledge of text structures, and adjusting reading rate according to purpose and difficulty
  • Understand how text structure and punctuation contribute to meaning (e.g. word placement, initial capital, period, question mark, exclamation, comma, paragraph indentation)
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
  • Read with fluency, accuracy, and expression, also with prose and poetry
  • Predict using maps and diagrams and interpret diagrams
  • Predict and infer using headings, subtitles, and captions, paragraphs, and using story webs
  • Identify purpose for reading by previewing and asking questions
  • Summarize and interpret main events sequentially
  • Identify and summarize main idea and key points from literature and informational texts, print and non-print
  • Summarize ideas drawn from stories, understand and identify cause-and effect relationships, interpreting events and ideas
  • Follow written directions
  • Use alphabetical and numerical ordering to locate information (e.g., table of contents, index, dictionary, encyclopedia, and telephone book)
  • Use a variety of strategies and word recognition skills, including rereading, finding context clues, applying their knowledge of letter-sound relationships, and analyzing word structures
  • Discern how written text and accompanying illustrations connect to convey meaning
  • Read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words


  • Recognize and recall elements of story structure in order to reflect on meaning
  • Identify story structure in various literary forms and relate reading to prior knowledge and experience
  • Develop familiarity among and read a variety of genres/forms appropriate to age and reading level
  • Connect different genres/forms to each other and to real-life experiences
  • Connect elements of Catholic faith to real-life experiences
  • Identify and explain difference between fiction and nonfiction, realistic fiction from fantasy, biography/autobiography, and poetry/prose
  • Summarize key details of informational text and explain how key details support main idea
  • Understand explicit and implicit ideas and details in text
  • Make inferences regarding the traits of main characters in stories
  • Use writing to respond to text (e.g., in logs, journals)
  • Extend the literal meaning of a text by making inferences, and evaluate the significance and validity of texts in light of prior knowledge and experience


  • Determine purpose for text
  • Use a variety of print and non-print resources to gather info. (e.g., encyclopedias, periodicals, videos, interviews, software, and cassette recordings)
  • Relate reading to prior knowledge and experiences
  • Draw upon a reservoir of reading materials, including fairy tales, fables, and narratives from the U.S. and cultures worldwide, to understand plots, make predictions, and relate reading to prior knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrate understanding of human life experiences through: reading, reflection, and discussion of literary and non-literary texts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Catholic teachings when reflecting upon life's experiences and literary texts
  • Select appropriate materials to read for discovery, appreciation, and enjoyment independently


  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers
  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures and determine their central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text
  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters
  • Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words of a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of  a character or setting)
  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently


  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers
  • 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
  • Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area
  • Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text
  • Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g. where, when, why, and how key events occur)
  • Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, 1st/2nd/3rd in a sequence)
  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently