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Third Grade Report Card Overview

Interpreting the Third Grade StandardsBased Report Card
Academic Performance Indicators
The purpose of the report card is to communicate to students, parents, and staff the progress each student is making toward accomplishing performancebased standards. The indicators are defined as follows:
Below Standard (1): The student requires more support, frequent reteaching, and additional practice to understand the content.
Approaching Standard (2): The student is applying learned skills but needs some teacher support to meet gradelevel expectations fully.
Meets Standard (3): The student is performing at grade level, producing quality work with little to no teacher support, and fulfilling gradelevel expectations.
Exceeds Standard (4): The student works above gradelevel, consistently producing outstanding, independent work.
X: Not assessed at this time.* For additional information, see the Individualized Education Program (IEP) progress report.
Work Habit Indicators
Cultivating effective work habits is essential for a student's success. The indicators for work habits are:
Exemplary (E): Performance is beyond gradelevel expectations.Successful (S): Performance meets gradelevel expectations.
Needs Improvement (N): Performance needs improvement to meet gradelevel expectations.
To enhance communication about assessed skills and knowledge, our district content specialists provide descriptors for each category on the report card. Expand each content area to view the detailed descriptors.

English Language Arts
Reading Foundational Skills
 Phonics and Word Recognition (Q1Q4)
 Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and suffixes
 Decode words with common Latin suffixes
 Decode multisyllabic words
 Fluency – reading gradelevel text with appropriate accuracy, rate, expression, and selfcorrection (Q1  Q4)
Reading Literature
 Key Ideas and Details
 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text when answering (Q1, Q3)
 Recount stories from diverse cultures and determine their central message/moral/lesson, and explain how that message is conveyed through key details (Q3)
 Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events (Q1, Q3)
 Craft and Structure
 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language (Q1, Q3)
 Refer to parts (chapters, scenes, stanzas, etc.) of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text (Q3)
 Distinguish their own pointofview from that of the narrator or those of the characters (Q3)
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in the text (Q3)
 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author (Q1, Q3)
Reading Informational
 Key Ideas and Details
 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers (Q2, Q4)
 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key
 Details and explain how they support the main idea (Q2, Q4)
 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures (Q2, Q4)
 Craft and Structure
 Determine the meaning of general academic and domainspecific words and phrases in a text (Q2, Q4)
 Use text features and search tools to locate information quickly (Q2)
 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of the text (Q4)
 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
 Use information gained from illustrations and words to demonstrate understanding of the text (Q2, Q4)
 Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (Q2, Q4)
 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented by two texts on the same topic (Q2, Q4)
Writing
 Text Types and Purposes
 Write opinion pieces (Q4)
 Write informative (explanatory) texts (Q2)
 Write narratives (stories) (Q1, Q3)
 Production and Distribution of Writing (Q1  Q4)
 Produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to the task and purpose (Q1  Q4)
 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing (Q1  Q4)
use technology to produce and publish writing (Q2, Q3)
 Handwriting
 Write legibly in cursive (Q1Q4)
 Research to Build and Present Knowledge
 Conduct short research projects to build knowledge about a topic (Q2, Q4)
 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources to answer a question; take notes; sort evidence (Q2)
Language
 Conventions of Standard English
 Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing and speaking (Q1Q4)
 Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing (Q1Q4)
 Knowledge of Language
 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, and listening (Q1Q4)
 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words (Q1  Q4)
 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances (Q1, Q2)
 Acquire and use accurate vocabulary, including words and phrases that signal spatial and temporal relationships (Q4)
Speaking and Listening
 Comprehension and Collaboration (Q1  Q4)
 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
 Determine the main idea and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media
 Ask and answer questions about information presented by a speaker
 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas (Q1  Q4)
 Report on a topic or text
 Create engaging audio recordings
 Speak in complete sentences
 Phonics and Word Recognition (Q1Q4)

Mathematics
Numerical Reasoning
 Place Value Understanding within 10,000
 Read and write numbers up to 10,000 using baseten numerals and expanded form (Q1)
 Compare Numbers within 10,000
 Compare numbers within 10,000 using the symbols >, =, or < (Q1)
 Round Numbers to the Nearest 10 & 100
 Round whole numbers to the nearest ten and hundred (Q1)
 Represent Fractions
 Partition shapes into parts with equal areas and express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole (Q3)
 Represent a fraction 1/b (called a unit fraction) as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts (Q3)
 Represent a fraction a/b (called a nonunit fraction) as the quantity formed by parts of size 1/b (Q3)
 Represent a fraction 1/b (called a unit fraction) on a number line by partitioning the interval from 0 to 1 into b equal parts (Q3)
 Represent a fraction a/b (called a nonunit fraction) on a number line by partitioning the number line into intervals of length 1/b, starting from 0 (Q3)
 Compare Unit Fractions
 Compare two unit fractions (Q3)
 Explain that comparisons of two unit fractions are valid only when the fractions refer to the same whole (Q3)
 Recognize and Generate Equivalent Fractions
 Generate equivalent fractions by using a visual fraction model (Q3)
 Express whole numbers as fractions (Q3)
Patterning & Algebraic Reasoning
 Add & Subtract within 10,000
 Add and subtract within 1,000 fluently using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, or the relationship between addition and subtraction (Q2)
 Use place value understanding and properties of operations when adding and subtracting within 10,000 (Q2)
 Solve addition and subtraction problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity (Q2)
 Numeric Patterns with Multiplication
 Identify and extend arithmetic patterns and explain them using properties of operations (Q2)
 Multiply & Divide within 100
 Represent a multiplication and division problem using a model and strategy (Q1  Q2)
 Determine the unknown number in a multiplication equation involving factors and divisors 25 and 10 (Q1)
 Apply properties to multiply and divide within 100 (Q1  Q2)
 Use the meaning of the equal sign to make equivalent expressions with addition, subtraction, and multiplication (Q2)
 Multiply onedigit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 using place value strategies and properties of operations (Q2)
 Solve onestep word problems by using multiplication within 100, involving factors and divisors 2–5 and 10 (Q1)
 Solve onestep word problems involving multiplication and division within 100, using a letter for the unknown number (Q2)
 Multiply and divide within 100 fluently, recalling from memory all products of two onedigit numbers (Q4)
 TwoStep Problems with All Operations
 Solve twostep word problems, represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown, and assess the reasonableness of solutions (Q2)
Measurement & Data Reasoning
 Ask Questions, Collect, Analyze, & Interpret Data
 Collect, analyze, and interpret numerical and categorical data involving whole number values obtained from real situations to answer questions (Q3  Q4)
 Draw a scaled bar graph to represent a data set (Q4)
 Draw a scaled picture graph to represent a data set (Q4)
 Draw a line plot to represent a data set (Q4)
 Solve one and twostep how many more and how many less word problems using information presented in a scaled bar graph (Q1  Q4)
 Time to the Minute & Elapsed Time
 Tell time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes (Q4)
 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals (Q4)
 Measure with Rulers to 1/4, 1/2, & Whole Inch
 Measure lengths by using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch and use the data to make a line plot (Q3  Q4)
 Measurement in Customary Units
 Measure liquid volume, length, and mass of objects using customary units (Q4)
 Compare liquid volume, length, and mass of objects using customary units (Q4)
 Solve problems involving mass, length, and volume (Q4)
Geometric & Spatial Reasoning
 Attributes of Polygons & Line Symmetry
 Identify and solve problems involving parallel line segments, perpendicular line segments, and right angles (Q4)
 Recognize that the opposite sides of rectangles have equal lengths and relate their side lengths to the number of square tiles (Q4)
 Classify shapes by their attributes and identify shared attributes between shapes (Q4)
 Recognize and draw quadrilaterals (Q4)
 Explain the lines of symmetry in a mirror image (Q4)
 Determine the number of lines of symmetry in polygons (Q4)
 Prove that a folded shape is or is not symmetrical (Q4)
 Area of Rectangles
 Recognize that the opposite sides of rectangles have equal lengths and relate their side lengths to the number of square tiles (Q3)
 Recognize that area can be measured by using unit squares and that a plane figure covered without gaps or overlaps by n unit squares has an area of n square units (Q3)
 Measure areas by counting unit squares, including square centimeters, square meters, square inches, square feet, and improvised units (Q3)
 Find the area of a rectangle with wholenumber side lengths by tiling it and show that the area is equal to the product of the side lengths (Q3)
 Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving areas of rectangles
 Apply the distributive property to find areas of rectangles (Q3)
 Perimeter of Polygons & Fixed Area/Perimeter
 Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons (Q4)
 Draw and identify rectangles that have the same perimeter and different areas or the same area and different perimeters (Q4)
 Place Value Understanding within 10,000

Science
Earth Science (Q1)
 Ask questions and analyze data to classify rocks by their physical attributes (color, texture, luster, and hardness) using simple tests
 Plan and carry out investigations to describe properties (color, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support growth of plants) of soils and soil types (sand, clay, loam)
 Make observations of the local environment to construct an explanation of how water and/or wind have made changes to soil and/or rocks over time
 Construct an argument from observations of fossils (authentic or reproductions) to communicate how they serve as evidence of past organisms and the environments in which they lived
 Develop a model to describe the sequence and conditions required for an organism to become fossilized
Physical Science (Q2)
 Ask questions to identify sources of heat energy
 Plan and carry out an investigation to gather data using thermometers to produce tables and charts that illustrate the effect of sunlight on various objects
 Use tools and everyday materials to design and construct a device/structure that will increase/decrease the warming effects of sunlight on various materials
Life Science (Q3 & Q4)
 Ask questions to differentiate between plants, animals, and habitats found within Georgia’s geographic regions
 Construct an explanation of how external features and adaptations (camouflage, hibernation, migration, mimicry) of animals allow them to survive in their habitat
 Use evidence to construct an explanation of why some organisms can thrive in one habitat and not in another
 Ask questions to collect information and create records of sources and effects of pollution on the plants and animals
 Explore, research, and communicate solutions, such as conservation of resources and recycling of materials, to protect plants and animals

Social Studies
Geographic Understandings (Q1)
 Locate major rivers of the United States of America: Mississippi, Ohio, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson, and St Lawrence
 Locate major mountain ranges of the United States of America: Appalachian, Rocky
 Locate and describe the equator, prime meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe
 Explain why American Indian groups occupied the areas they did, with emphasis on why some developed permanent villages, and others did not
 Describe how the early explorers adapted, or failed to adapt, to the various physical environments in which they traveled
 Explain how the physical geography of the New England, MidAtlantic, and Southern colonies helped determine economic activities
Historical Understandings (Q2)
 Describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America; compare and contrast food, clothing, and shelter, and discuss their contributions to American life (eg, arts, literature)
 Describe European exploration in North America by describing the reasons for and obstacles to the exploration
 Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France)
 Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between European explorers and American Indians
 Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America by identifying the key reasons why the New England, MidAtlantic, and Southern colonies were founded, what life was like in each region, and describe what life was like from their perspectives (large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, children, indentured servants, slaves, and American Indians)
Government/Civic Understandings (Q1, Q3, Q4)
 Explain the necessity of respecting the rights of others and promoting the common good (Q1 & Q3)
 Explain the necessity of obeying reasonable laws/rules voluntarily, and explain why it is important for citizens in a democratic society to participate in public (civic) life (staying informed, voting, volunteering, and communicating with public officials) (Q1& Q3)
 Describe the three branches of national government: executive (president), legislative (Congress), and judicial (Supreme Court of the United States) (Q4)
 Describe the three branches of state government: executive (governor), legislative (Georgia General Assembly), and judicial (Supreme Court of Georgia) (Q4)
 State the main responsibility of each branch: executive (enforcing laws), legislative (making laws), judicial (determining if laws are fair) (Q4)
Economic Understandings (Q1, Q3, Q4)
 Define and give examples of the four types of productive resources: Natural (land) (Q1), Human (labor) (Q1), Capital (capital goods) (Q3), Entrepreneurship (risktaking and combining natural, human, and capital resources (Q3)
 Explain that governments provide certain types of goods and services in a market economy (schools, libraries, roads, police/fire protection, and military) and pay for these through taxes (Q4)
 Give examples of interdependence and trade and explain the benefits of voluntary exchange (consumers, producers, goods, services) (Q3 & Q4)
 Explain that most countries create their currency for use as money (Q3 & Q4)
 Explain the concept of opportunity cost as it relates to making a saving or spending choice (Q3 & Q4)

Sample Third Grade Report Card