English Language Arts

3rd Grade Reading and Writing Standards
Click each subject on the right navigation bar to see standards.  Standards are state requirements for what students are supposed to learn each year.

3rd Grade SBA ELA Testing

Third graders will be tested in reading and writing in the spring.  ELA testing is taken over 2-3 days on computers.

Dance Mat Typing
​In third grade, students type essays and answer standardized testing questions on the computer.  Being able to type quickly and easily helps student performance.  This site offers free typing lessons.  Lessons can be repeated for practice to help your student gain speed.  If you use full-screen mode, students can't see ads.

This site allows you to read books from our school curriculum at home (great when you are absent,) see test scores, and play fun games.  Log-in information is in your home folder.

Comprehension Questions for AR Books



Use this questions if:

  • Your child struggles with decoding and reading fluency. (They are still sounding out many words.)
  • Your child is reading below level according to their report card and information I send home.
  • When you ask these questions, your child often doesn’t know the answers.


Use these questions if:

  • Your child can read fluently.
  • Your child is reading at or above grade level.
  • Your child knows the answers to the basic questions.


Retell the book/chapter with as many details as you can remember.

Summarize the book/chapter in one-two sentences, only including the most important details.

For stories:

  • Name the characters.
  • Name the big events in order.
  • Did the main character learn anything in this story?

For stories:

  • What can you infer about the main character? What is your evidence?
  • What event affected the main character the most? Why?
  • What is the central message?


For informational books:

  • What is this book about?
  • What are three new facts that you learned?
  • What text features were in this book?

For informational books:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three key details that support your main idea?
  • What is the author’s message?

Do you like this book? Why or why not?

Compare and contrast this book with the last book that you read.

What is a word in the book that you didn’t know how to say or what it meant?

What is a word in the book that you didn’t know, and how did you figure it out?


Reasons to Be Behind on Your AR Goal


Possible Solutions


I am not reading regularly.

  • Read.
  • Set a time each day to read for 20 minutes, like before bed, so it’s easier to remember.
  • Have you parents set an alarm on their phone.

I am not reading books that I can take a test on.

I don’t have the right books at home.

  • Only read AR books for your 20 minutes of homework.
  • Leave a chapter book at your level from the school library in your backpack for home and school. Check that it is there every night and when you are doing your afternoon list.
  • Have your parent check out 10 picture books for you from the school library.

I am not taking tests on the books I read at home.

  • Write down the titles on your homework sheet.
  • Your parent can check online and see if you took the test.

I am not passing tests on the books I read at home.

  • Retell the story to an adult. Look back if needed.



I am not on task during silent reading.

  • Read.
  • Use self-talk to help you focus.
  • Set a goal for a number of pages each day.

I am not reading books that I can take a test on.

I don’t have the right books in my book bag.

  • Only read books at your level during silent reading.
  • Get one book at the school library and one book from the classroom library for your book bag.
  • When you return a book, always get a new one.

I am not taking tests.

  • Take tests.
  • Ask team 6 or Mrs. Baltzell if you need help finding the test.

I am not passing tests.

  • Make sure you are thinking about what you are reading while you read.

I am not finishing any books.

  • Work on one chapter book at a time.
  • If you are starting to get behind, commit to finishing the next book you read within a certain period of time.

I am doing a good job now, but I didn’t do a good job earlier.

  • Read 30 minutes at home instead of 20 for two weeks, to catch-up or get ahead.
  • Read when you have no unfinished work.