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Third Grade Goals, Benchmarks, & Standards

Content Area: Reading
Goal: Students will read at increasing levels of complexity for various purposes.

Indicator 1: Students will use various reading cues/strategies to interpret and comprehend text, e.g., context, semantic, syntactic, and graph phonic cues. 
Benchmark(s):
   
*Determine which cues are the most effective for making predictions about and clarifying meaning of text.
    *Use prior knowledge to interpret unfamiliar information/materials/text.
Standards (knowledge and skills)
1.
Demonstrate literal, interpretive, and/or critical comprehension by answering various how, why, and what-if questions.  2. Make predictions about information/events in text, reread to extend initial impressions, and use prior knowledge to confirm or reject predictions.

Indicator 2: Students will evaluate the use of patterns of organizations, literary elements, and literary devices within various texts.
Benchmark(s):
        *Identify literary elements and devices are used in various texts, e.g., character, setting, plot; alliteration, rhyme.
Standards (knowledge and skills):  
1.
Identify various story elements in age appropriate text, e.g., character, setting, conflict, plot, theme.  3. Distinguish between cause and effect, fact and opinion, and main idea and supporting details in expository text.  

Indicator 3: Students will interpret and respond to a diversity of works representative of a variety of cultures and time periods.
Benchmark(s):
        * Explain personal favorites in independent reading materials.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
5. Respond to ideas, attitudes, and feelings expressed in literature by making personal connections.

Indicator 4: Students will access, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
Benchmark(s):
        *Examine numerous information/reference sources for a variety of purposes, e.g., Internet, CD-ROM, print materials, video materials, library.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
2. Use reference tools to locate information, e.g., dictionaries, maps and globes, encyclopedias, periodicals, Internet.  

Content Area: Writing
Goal: Students will write effectively for different audiences and specific purposes.

Indicator 1: Students will use appropriate mechanics, usage, and conventions of language.
Benchmark(s):
         *Apply fundamental conventions of language in written work.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
2. Use grammar concepts and spelling patterns in writing, e.g., verb forms, singular/plural nouns, compounds, blends.  5.  Use complete sentences in writing.

Indicator 3: Students will use various strategies and techniques to improve writing quality.
Benchmark(s):
 
  
     *Write on a routine basis to gain confidence in personal work.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
7. Maintain a personal writing journal or folder.

Indicator 4: Students will write to clarify and enhance understanding of information.
Benchmark(s):
        *
Write to explain prior knowledge about various topics.
        *Write to interpret and use new or unfamiliar information.
        *Use examples from selected print and electronic media to support personal interpretations.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
2. Organize and write about information according to topic. 4. Write to explain what is known about selected topics in various content areas.

Content Area: Listening and Viewing
Goal: Students will use critical listening and viewing skills in various situations and for a variety of purposes.

Indicator 1: Students will use various listening and viewing strategies in social, academic, and occupational situations.
Benchmark(s):
        *Describe mental and physical barriers to effective listening and viewing, e.g., personal interest, extraneous sounds.
Standards (knowledge and skills): 
1. Listen and respond thoughtfully and respectfully to others. 3.
Ask questions to learn the speakerís point-of-view.

Indicator 3:  Students will use various strategies to retain/retrieve critical oral and visual information.
Benchmark(s):
        *Examine oral/visual information for usefulness.
Standards (knowledge and skills): 
2. Connect prior knowledge and experience to what is seen or heard.

Content Area: Speaking
Goal:  Students will speak effectively in a variety of formal and informal situations.

Indicator 3: Students will use various presentation strategies to enhance oral communication, e.g., non-verbal techniques, visual aids, physical setting/environments.
Benchmark(s):
        *
Describe how non-verbal communication can influence an audience.
        *Use various resources to increase the effect of oral presentations, e.g., visual aids.
Standards (knowledge and skills):
1. Identify how non-verbal cues convey meaning, e.g., body language, gesture, facial expression, eye contact. 2. Create visual aids to use in oral presentations, e.g., pictures, maps, charts, graphs, and props.