Third Grade Merlin Report Card Content Areas



Reads (MERLIN advanced) Grade Level Text

  • Reads and comprehends text accurately


Key Ideas and Details

  • Refers to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • Determines a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarizes the text
  • Describes in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions)

Craft and Structure

  • Determines the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
  • Explains major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refers to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text
  • Compares and contrasts the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations


  • Makes connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text
  • Compares and contrasts the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures



  • Writes narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequence
  • Writes informative texts to examine a topic and clearly convey information
  • Writes opinion pieces supporting point of view with reasons
  • Writes adapted fairy tale text using narrative writing structure
  • Uses leads, transitions, and organization


  • Elaborates on ideas
  • Uses words that help to bring the story to life
  • Uses words and sentences to convince audience
  • Uses words and sentences to teach information in interesting ways
  • Makes effective use of the writing process: prewrite, draft, revision, and edit
  • Reflects on writing and sets goals

Language Conventions

  • Uses grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing




  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    • Uses the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
    • Gains familiarity with factors and multiples
    • Generates and analyzes patterns
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
    • Generalizes place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
    • Uses place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic
  • Fractions
    • Extends understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
    • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers
    • Understands decimal notation for fractions, and compares decimal fractions
  • Measurement and Data
    • Solves problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit
    • Represents and interprets data
    • Geometric measurement: understands concepts of angle and measures angles
  • Geometry
    • Draws and identifies lines and angles, and classifies shapes by properties of their lines and angles


    • Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them
    • Reasons abstractly and quantitatively
    • Constructs viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others
    • Models with mathematics
    • Uses appropriate tools strategically
    • Attends to precision
    • Looks for and makes use of structure
    • Looks for and expresses regularity in repeated reasoning



    Understands skills and concepts related to scientific principles from science units on Balancing Forces; Inheritance and Traits; Environments and Survival; Weather and Climate.


    Social Studies

    Understands skills and concepts related to social studies lessons on Geography of North America, Cultures of North America, Cultures in Our Community: Notable Americans.



    Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning

    • Stays on task
    • Follows directions
    • Contributes positively

    Demonstrates skills and concepts

    • Sings
    • Performs with instruments
    • Reads and notates music
    • Composes and improvises
    • Listens, analyzes, and describes music


    Health and Fitness

    Demonstrates behaviors that promote learning related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

    • Respects the rights and feelings of others
    • Actively listens and follows directions
    • Stays on task
    • Contributes positively

    Demonstrates skills and concepts related to health and fitness from among the following content areas:

    • Demonstrates locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulatives, balance, and rhythm skills
      • Linking one skill to another with smooth transitions
      • Manipulative skills (throwing while moving at a stationary target)
    • Applies movement concepts:
      • In cooperative situations
      • Uses offence and defense strategies
    • Recognizes the health and skill related components of fitness
      • Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition
      • Power, agility, balance, speed, coordination, reaction time
    • Understands skills and concepts related to health
      • Nutrition and the body