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3rd Grade Standards and Instructional Support

Third grade Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and standards-based resources can now be accessed from one page. Grade level pages were created to serve teachers who provide instruction in multiple content areas. To read descriptions of the available resources, return to the main Elementary Education Resources page.



Comprehensive Health Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 2. Physical and Personal Wellness

  1. Demonstrate the ability to make and communicate appropriate food choices

Standard 3. Emotional and Social Wellness

  1. Utilize knowledge and skills to treat self and others with care and respect
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills to support positive interactions with families, peers, and others

Standard 4. Prevention and Risk Management

  1. Examine the dangers of using tobacco products or being exposed to second hand smoke.
  2. Describe pro-social behaviors that enhance healthy interactions with others
  3. Identify ways to prevent injuries at home, in school, and in the community

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Dance Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Movement, Technique, and Performance

  1. Perform dance studies with accuracy
  2. Move with intent while developing technique

Standard 2. Create, Compose and Choreograph

  1. Design a group dance study using the elements of dance (space, time, and energy)
  2. Create a short dance using compositional principles (form/structure and design)

Standard 3. Historical and Cultural Context

  1. Understand dance as a means of communication
  2. Recognize styles in major dance works

Standard 4. Reflect, Connect, and Respond

  1. Research the life and work of a well-known choreographer
  2. Describe the use of dance elements in choreography

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Drama and Theatre Arts Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Create

  1. Create characters
  2. Create an improvised scene
  3. Create stage environments to understand locale and mood

Standard 2. Perform

  1. Perform a scripted scene
  2. Work effectively alone and cooperatively with a partner or in an ensemble

Standard 3. Critically Respond

  1. Examine the dynamic relationship among community, culture, and theatre
  2. Demonstrate appropriate audience etiquette
  3. Use selected criteria to critique what is seen, heard, and understood

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Mathematics Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Number Sense, Properties, and Operations

  1. The whole number system describes place value relationships and forms the foundation for efficient algorithms
  2. Parts of a whole can be modeled and represented in different ways
  3. Multiplication and division are inverse operations and can be modeled in a variety of ways

Standard 3. Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

  1. Visual displays are used to describe data

Standard 4. Shape, Dimension, and Geometric Relationships

  1. Geometric figures are described by their attributes
  2. Linear and area measurement are fundamentally different and require different units of measure
  3. Time and attributes of objects can be measured with appropriate tools

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Music Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Expression of Music

  1. Perform from memory and use simple traditional notation
  2. Perform extended rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns

Standard 2. Creation of Music

  1. Short musical phrases and patterns
  2. Notate music using basic notation structure

Standard 3. Theory of Music

  1. Apply and demonstrate use of basic dynamics, tempo, meter, and articulation using appropriate music vocabulary
  2. Analyze simple notational elements and form in music
  3. Identify vocal and instrumental tone colors
  4. Identify and aurally recognize simple melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns

Standard 4. Aesthetic Valuation of Music

  1. Identify personal preferences for specific music
  2. Respond to, and make informed judgments about, music through participation, performance, and the creative process
  3. Articulate music's significance within an individual musical experience

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Physical Education Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Movement Competence and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate a variety of motor patterns in simple combinations while participating in activities, games, and sports
  2. Perform movements that engage the brain to facilitate learning

Standard 2. Physical and Personal Wellness

  1. Identify the benefits of sustained physical activity that causes increased heart rate and heavy breathing
  2. Understand that the body is composed of water, muscle, bones, organs, fat, and other tissues

Standard 3. Emotional and Social Wellness

  1. Demonstrate positive social behaviors during class

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Reading, Writing, and Communicating Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Oral Expression and Listening

  1. Oral communication is used both informally and formally
  2. Successful group activities need the cooperation of everyone

Standard 2. Reading for All Purposes

  1. Strategies are needed to make meaning of various types of literary genres
  2. Comprehension strategies are necessary when reading informational or persuasive text
  3. Increasing word understanding, word use, and word relationships increases vocabulary

Standard 3. Writing and Composition

  1. A writing process is used to plan, draft, and write a variety of literary genres
  2. A writing process is used to plan, draft, and write a variety of informational texts
  3. Correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling are used when writing

Standard 4. Research and Reasoning

  1. Researching a topic and sharing findings are often done with others
  2. Inferences and points of view exist

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Science Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Physical Science

  1. Matter exists in different states such as solids, liquids, and gases and can change from one state to another by heating and cooling

Standard 2. Life Science

  1. The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species

Standard 3. Earth Systems Science

  1. Earth’s materials can be broken down and/or combined into different materials such as rocks, minerals, rock cycle, formation of soil, and sand – some of which are usable resources for human activity

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Social Studies Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. History

  1. Use a variety of sources to distinguish historical fact from fiction
  2. People in the past influenced the development and interaction of different communities and regions

Standard 2. Geography

  1. Use various types of geographic tools to develop spatial thinking
  2. The concept of regions is developed through an understanding of similarities and differences in places

Standard 3. Economics

  1. Describe producers and consumers and how goods and services are exchanged
  2. Describe how to meet short-term financial goals (PFL)

Standard 4. Civics

  1. Respecting the views and rights of others as components of a democratic society
  2. The origin, structure and function of local government

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Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations:

Standard 1. Observe and Learn to Comprehend

  1. The identification of characteristics and expressive features in works of art and design help to determine artistic intent
  2. Art has intent and purpose

Standard 2. Envision and Critique to Reflect

  1. Artists, viewers, and patrons use the language of art to respond to their own art and the art of others
  2. Artists, viewers, and patrons make connections among the characteristics, expressive features, and purposes of art and design

Standard 3. Invent and Discover to Create

  1. Use basic media to express ideas through the art-making process
  2. Demonstrate basic studio skills

Standard 4. Relate and Connect to Transfer

  1. Works of art connect individual ideas to make meaning
  2. Historical and cultural ideas are evident in works of art

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Colorado Academic Standards World Languages Graphic (small)

World Languages Focus of Each Range Level Expectation:

Standard 1. Communication in Languages Other Than English

  1. Focus: Interpersonal Communication Mode
  2. Focus: Interpretive Communication Mode
  3. Focus: Presentational Communication Mode

Standard 2. Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  1. Focus: Perspectives and Practices
  2. Focus: Perspectives and Products

Standard 3. Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition

  1. Focus: Target Language Resources Connected to Other Content Areas
  2. Focus: Information and Viewpoints in Authentic Resources

Standard 4. Comparisons to Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

  1. Focus: Similarities and Difference between target language and student's own
  2. Focus: Similarities and Difference between target culture(s) and student's own

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