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Math Skills

Concept of Addition and Subtraction

Students should understand when to add or when to subtract when encountering a word problem. In third grade, we will add multiplication and division, so it is vitally important that your child understand the difference between subtraction and addition.

Multidigit Addition and Subtraction

Entering third grade, students should have a firm grasp on borrowing and carrying. In order to assess your child's proficiency on this skill, give him or her a few problems to do without help. Students' mistakes should be limited to silly errors (writing that 3+9 = 13 instead of 12). If your child is making multiple, large errors, this could indicate that he or she has not mastered this skill and needs more practice.

Addition and Subtraction Facts

Students should have their addition and subtraction facts memorized. If students cannot figure out these facts on sight without counting on their fingers, they will be at a disadvantage when it comes time to solve more complex problems quickly.

Telling Time

Students should be able to tell time in five minute intervals. In third grade, students will tell time to the nearest minute.

Reading Skills

Print handwriting should be neat and legible, with appropriate spacing. If this is not the case, it will benefit the student to practice handwriting over the summer leading into third grade.


Students should understand that sentences begin with a capital letter, and that names of people, places, holidays, days of the week, and months of the year should all be capitalized as well.


Students should understand that sentences must end with a punctuation mark: period, question mark, or exclamation mark.

Reading Stamina
Students should be able to read a book for at least 15-20 minutes without becoming distracted. Students should be able to read silently, without needing to read out loud. Students should read every day for at least 20 minutes. Students should read books that are at their reading level, which means that they should be able to read and understand most of the words on any given page of the book. Students can also read informational text by reading nonfiction books on topics of interest, like dinosaurs or ocean life.

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