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Standards & Grading Procedures
3rd Grade
Teacher: Kate N. Patterson-Jones        
School Phone Number: 678-676-5002

Third Grade students will receive instruction in Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for ELA and Math.
Science, Social Studies, Music, Health and Physical Education instruction will be based on the Georgia Performance Standards
(GPS.) The CCGPS and GPS standards can be found at By the end of Third Grade students will:
CCGPS Reading Standards for Literature and Informational Text
Literature Informational Text
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a
text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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, folktales & myths from
diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or
moral & explain how it is conveyed through key details.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and
explain how they support the main idea.
Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions
contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events,
scientific concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text,
using language that pertains to time, sequence, & cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used
in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language.
Determine the meaning of general academic words and phrases
in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, & poems when writing or
speaking, using terms such as chapter, scene & stanza;
describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Use text features and search tools to locate information
relevant to a given topic efficiently
Distinguish their own point of view from the narrator or
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute
to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
Use information gained from illustrations & the words in a text
to demonstrate understanding of the text
(Not applicable to literature) Describe the logical connection between particular sentences
and paragraphs in a text.
Compare & contrast themes, settings, & plots of stories written
by the same author about the same or similar characters.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key
details presented in two texts on the same topic
Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and
poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band
independently and proficiently.
Read & comprehend informational texts, including social
studies, science & technical texts, at the high end of the grades
2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCGPS Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCGPS Writing Standards
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined events with effective technique, descriptive details & clear sequences.
With guidance and support, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
With guidance and support, use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Recall information or gather information; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
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Write routinely over extended and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCGPS Speaking and Listening Standards
Engage effectively in collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats,
including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail
Report on a topic, tell a story, or recount an experience with facts & relevant details, speaking clearly at an acceptable pace.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual
displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
CCGPS Language Standards
Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and
content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases,
including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships
CCGPS for Mathematics:
Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
Multiply and divide within 100.
Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
Solve problems involving measurement & estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes & masses of objects.
Represent and interpret data.
Understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.
Recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
GPS for Science:
Investigate how heat is produced and the effects of heating and cooling
Investigate magnets
Observe things with many parts and describe the ways in which the parts influence or interact with one another
Represent objects in the real world with geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, maps, and stories; and
compare/contrast these representations to their objects
Observe and compare objects, record findings accurately, and analyze data in order to answer their own questions
Use information about the relationship between the form and shape of an object and that object’s use, operation, or function
to explain fossils, rock cycles, and features of plants and animals
Differentiate between habitants in Georgia and the organisms that live in our state
Recognize the effects of pollution and humans on the environment
GPS for Social Studies:
Explain the political roots of American democracy
Discuss the lives of selected Americans who expanded people’s rights and freedoms in a democracy
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Locate and describe the major topographical features of America
Describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with historical figures in American democracy and explain how
these Americans display positive character traits
Explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of government
Describe & explain economic concepts involving productive resources, taxation for services, & interdependence and trade
GPS for Music
Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Reading and notating music
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Evaluating music and music performances
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
GPS for Physical Education:
Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and
performance of physical activities.
Participates regularly in physical activity.
Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self expression, and/or social-interaction.
GPS for Health Education
Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors & avoid or reduce health risks.
Demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Core Instructional Materials and Resources (Textbook/Publisher/web links):
English Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt StoryTown
Mathematics: Houghton Mifflin: Math Expressions & Math Georgia
Science: Harcourt Wild About Science
Social Studies: Houghton Mifflin Social Studies: Georgia
Passwords for Student Textbooks
1. Listed below are the websites, usernames, and access codes to retrieve online textbook resources per grade-level and
content area for grades K-5.
2. The same username and pass code can be utilized to access the Math, Science, and Social Studies online textbook.
Grade 3
Username: 3classdekalb
Password: dekalbstudent3
Username: 3classdekalb
Password: dekalbstudent3
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Web Links for Parental Support
CompassLearning & Odyseey
NetTrekker classic & Netrekker di (Differentiated Instruction) http://’
Information on standards-based education
Resources, research tools, and grade-specific activities
Educational games for students and advice for parents
English language Arts Web Links for Parental Support
Mathematics Web Links for Parental Support:
Bi-Lingual Math Ed.
Online Math Games
Science Web Links for Parental Support
Released test items from state testing program
Genetics Resources written at the Elementary Level
Web Site Associated with Textbook: www. and
Social Studies Web Links for Parental Support
Social Studies Sites for Elementary Students
Statistical data for countries that are a part of the United Nations
Learn about everyday habits and customs from various cultures around the world.
How to register to vote in the United States
Physical Education and Health Web Links for Parental Support
Grading Scale: Weighted Averages (Board Policy)
A = 90% – 100% Excellent
B = 80% - 89% Good
C = 71% - 79% Fair
D = 70 Passing
F = below 70 Failing
Grading Policy:
Classwork/Participation - 40 %
Tests & Quizzes 30%
Projects 25%
Homework 5%
Homework Times for Grade 3:
Third Grade students should receive between 30 minutes to 45 minutes of content area homework per night and reading for
practice and/or pleasure can be beyond this time.

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