“I Can” Read
(Reading – Foundational Skills)
I can read words by using what I know about letters and sounds.

I can show what I have learned about letters and sounds by figuring out words.

I can find and tell the meanings of most common prefixes.

I can find and tell the meanings of most common suffixes.

I can read words with common Latin suffixes.

I can read words with more than one syllable.

I can read third grade words that aren't spelled the way they sound.
I can read and understand books at my level.

I can fluently read and understand books at my level.

I can read and understand third grade books.

I can read third grade books and poems aloud fluently.

I can use what I understand from my reading to help me figure
out or correct words I am having trouble with.

“I Can” Read Fiction
(Reading – Literature)
I can read, understand and talk about fiction stories.

I can ask questions to show that I understand the stories that I am reading.

I can answer questions to show that I understand the stories that I am reading.

I can find the answers to specific questions within the stories that I read.

I can remember and retell different kinds of stories from many cultures.

I can figure out the lessons or morals of the stories that I read and
explain that message using details from the story.

I can describe characters in stories and explain how their actions affect
the story.

I can figure out the meanings of words or groups of words in stories by
thinking about how they are used.

I can tell the difference between literal and nonliteral language when I
read.

I can write and talk about fiction by using the words for the different
parts (ex: chapter, scene, stanza).

I can describe how new parts of fiction stories build on the parts that
have already happened.

I can tell the difference between what I think and what the author or
characters think in a story.

I can summarize and sequence the events of a story I have read.

I can explain how the author uses illustrations to help the meaning in a
story.

I can compare and contrast stories written by the same author about the
same or similar characters.

I can read and understand third grade stories, plays and poems
independently.
“I Can” Read Nonfiction
(Reading – Informational Text)
I can read, understand and talk about nonfiction texts.

I can ask questions to show that I understand the information that I am reading.

I can answer questions to show that I understand the information that I am reading.

I can find the answers to specific questions within informational text that I read.

I can figure out the main idea of informational texts that I read.

I can talk about the most important details in the information I read and
how those details support the main idea.

I can describe how some historical events are related to each other.

I can describe how some scientific ideas are related to each other.

I can describe how the steps in a set of directions are related to each
other.

I can figure out the meanings of words and phrases in science and social
studies texts.

I can use the parts of a text that stand out (chapter & section titles,
bold words, etc.) to find information quickly.

I can use search tools on the computer to find information quickly.

I can tell the difference between my opinions and what an author writes
in informational texts.

I can show what I have learned from informational texts and illustrations
by answering questions about where, when, why and how.

I can describe how the sentences and paragraphs in informational text
are connected and follow a logical order.

I can compare and contrast the most important ideas and details in two
pieces of information about the same topic.

I can read and understand 3rd grade informational texts independently.
“I Can” Write
(Writing)
I can create different types of writing for different reasons.

I can write to share my opinion and give reasons to support that opinion.

I can write my opinion piece in an organized way with an introduction followed by reasons to support my opinions.

I can give logical reasons that support my opinion in my writing.

I can use linking words to connect my opinion with my reasons.
(ex: because, therefore, since, for example, etc.)

I can write a conclusion (ending) to my opinion piece.

I can write clearly to inform and explain ideas to others.

I can write an informative text that introduces my topic and then
groups related information together.

I can include illustrations in my writing to help others understand
my topic better.

I can write about a topic using facts, definitions and details.

I can use linking words to connect the ideas in my writing. (ex:
also, another, and, more, but, etc.)

I can write conclusions (endings) to my informative pieces of
writing.

I can write organized stories that have lots of details.

I can write stories from different points of view that have
characters and a plot.

I can use dialogue between the characters in my stories.

I can describe the actions and feelings of characters in my
stories to help others understand the plots of the stories.

I can use time order (temporal words) to help others understand the order in my stories. (examples...first, next, then, finally)

I can write logical conclusions (endings) to my stories.

I can stay focused and organized in all different types of writing.

I can write for different purposes, audiences and topics.
I can make my writing better and get it ready for others to read.

I can plan, revise and edit my writing with the help of friends and adults.

I can use technology to create and publish my writing.

I can use technology to communicate and work with others.
I can use research to learn more about a topic and present it to others.

I can do short research projects to help me learn more about a topic.

I can remember what I have learned to help me with my research.

I can find new information from books or technology to help me
with my research.

I can take notes to help me organize the research in my writing.

I can write for short times or over a longer period of time
depending on my purpose, audience and topic.


“I Can” Share & Listen
(Speaking and Listening)
I can have and understand conversations with all kinds of people.

I can be successful when I participate in discussions.

I can come to discussions prepared to share my ideas because I have
read or studied what I needed to.

I can listen, wait until it's my turn to speak and be respectful of
others when I am having discussions.

I can ask questions to help me understand and stay on topic when I
have discussions.

I can ask questions during discussions to help me to connect my ideas
with other people's ideas.

I can explain my own thinking and ideas after a discussion.

I can figure out the main ideas and details of what I see and hear.

I can ask and answer questions about what a speaker says so that I
understand and can talk more about the topic.
I can share my ideas and what I have learned.

I can give a report to help others understand a topic better.

I can share a story or experience with important details to help others
understand a topic better.

I can speak clearly and at an appropriate speed when I am speaking in
front of others.

I can create engaging recordings of stories or poems to show my
fluency in reading.

I can create visual presentations to help me share facts and details
better.

I can speak in complete sentences to make what I am sharing more
clear to others.

“I Can” Use Proper English
(Language)
I can use proper English when I write and speak.

I can show that I know how to use words correctly when I write and speak.

I can explain how parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) work in different sentences.

I can correctly say, write and use all kinds of plural nouns.

I can understand and use abstract nouns (those that I can’t see
or touch). (ex: childhood, honesty, courage, faith)

I can correctly say, write and use all kinds of verbs (action
words).

I can correctly say, write and use different verb tenses. (ex: I
walked; I walk; I will walk)

I can make sure that all of my nouns and verbs go together
correctly in the sentences I say and write.

I can make sure that all of my pronouns and the nouns they refer
to go together correctly in the sentences I say and write.

I can correctly use comparative and superlative adjectives and
adverbs correctly when I talk and write.

I can use conjunctions in the correct way when I talk and write.
(ex: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so, if, etc.)

I can say and write simple, compound and complex sentences.

I can show that I know how to write sentences correctly.

I can use capital letters correctly when I write titles.

I can use commas correctly in addresses.

I can use commas and quotation marks correctly when I write dialogue between two people or characters.

I can use apostrophes correctly to show possession.

I can spell commonly used words correctly and add suffixes to
them if needed.

I can use patterns I know and rules I have learned to help me
spell new words.

I can use a dictionary or other resources to check and correct my
spelling.
I can use what I know about language in different situations.

I can write, speak, read and listen by using what I know about the English language.

I can choose interesting words and phrases to help others understand my meaning better.

I can recognize differences between my speaking language and my written language.
I can figure out what words mean and use them in different situations.

I can figure out what words mean by thinking about what I have read and by using the strategies I have learned.

I can use clues from what I understand in a sentence to help me figure out new words.

I can use prefixes and suffixes that I know to help me understand the meanings of new words.

I can use root words I know to help me understand the meanings of new words.



I can use print and online dictionaries to help me find the meanings of new words.

I can show that I understand figurative language. (ex: busy as a bee; slow as a snail; you are what you eat)

I can figure out how words are related and how their meanings might be similar.

I can tell the difference between literal and nonliteral language when I read.

I can find reallife connections between words and the way they are used. (ex: people who are friendly or helpful)

I can figure out the small differences in meaning with related words that tell about how people feel or how they are acting. (ex: knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered)

I can use the new words and phrases I have learned in different ways to show that I know what they mean.
“I Can” Do Math
(Operations & Algebraic Thinking)
I can write and solve problems using multiplication and division.

I can understand multiplication by thinking about groups of objects.

I can understand division by thinking about how one group can be divided into smaller groups.

I can use what I know about multiplication and division to solve word problems.

I can find the missing number in a multiplication or division equation.

I can use the Commutative property of multiplication. (If 6 x 4 = 24, then 4 x 6 = 24.)

I can use the Associative property of multiplication. (To figure out 3 x 5 x 2, I can multiply 3 x 5 = 15, then 15 x 2 = 30 OR I can multiply 5 x 2 = 10, then 3 x 10 = 30.)

I can use the Distributive property of multiplication. (To figure out 8 x 7, I can think of 8 x (5 + 2) which means (8 x 5) + (8 x 2) = 40 + 16 = 56.)

I can find the answer to a division problem by thinking of the missing factor in a multiplication problem. (I can figure out 32 ÷ 8 because I know that 8 x 4 = 32.)

I can multiply and divide within 100 easily and quickly because I know how multiplication and division are related. (If I know that 6 x 8 = 48, then I also know that 48 ÷ 8 = 6.)

I can solve twostep word problems that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

I can solve twostep word problems by writing an equation with a letter in place of the number I don't know.

I can use mental math to figure out if the answers to twostep word problems are reasonable.

I can find patterns in addition and multiplication tables and explain them using what I know about how numbers work

(Numbers & Operations in Base Ten)
I can use what I know about place value and operations (+,,x,÷) to solve problems with larger numbers.

I can use place value to help me round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

I can quickly and easily add and subtract numbers within 1000.

I can multiply any one digit whole number by a multiple of 10. (ex:
6 x 90 or 4 x 30)
“I Can” Do Math
(Numbers & Operations  Fractions)
I can understand fractions.

I can show and understand that fractions represent equal parts of a whole, where the top number is the part and the bottom number is the total number of parts in the whole.

I can understand fractions as numbers on a number line by showing them on a number line diagram.

I can label fractions on a number line because I know the space between any two numbers on the number line can be thought of as a whole.

I can show a fraction on a number line by marking off equal parts between two whole numbers.

I can understand how fractions with different numerators (top numbers) and denominators (bottom numbers) can actually be equal.

I can compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

I can understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the
same size or at the same point on a number line.

I can recognize and write simple equivalent (equal) fractions and
explain why they are equal using words or models.

I can show whole numbers as fractions. (ex: 3 = 3/1)

I can recognize fractions that are equal to one whole. (ex: 1 = 4/4)

I can compare two fractions with the same numerator (top number) or
the same denominator (bottom number) by reasoning about their size.

I can understand that comparing two fractions is only reasonable if
they refer to the same whole.

I can compare fractions with the symbols >, =, < and prove my
comparison using models.
“I Can” Do Math
(Measurement & Data)
I can solve problems that involve measurement and estimation.

I can tell and write time to the nearest minute.

I can measure time in minutes.

I can solve telling time word problems by adding and subtracting
minutes.

I can measure liquids and solids with grams (g), kilograms (kg) and
liters (l).

I can use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve
word problems about mass or volume.
I can understand how information is shared using numbers.

I can make a picture or bar graph to show data and solve problems using the information from the graphs.

I can create a line plot from measurement data, where the measured objects have been measured to the nearest whole number, half or quarter.
I can understand area.

I can understand that one way to measure plane shapes is by the area they cover.

I can understand that a "unit square" is a square with side lengths of 1 unit and it is used to measure the area of plane shapes.

I can cover a plane shape with square units to measure its area.

I can measure area by counting unit squares (square cm, square m,
square in, square ft.).

I can understand area by thinking about multiplication and addition.

I can find the area of a rectangle using square tiles and also by multiplying the two side lengths.

I can solve real world problems about area using multiplication.

I can use models to show that the area of a rectangle can be
found by using the distributive property (side lengths a and b+c
isthesumofa x banda x c).

I can find the area of a shape by breaking it down into smaller
shapes and then adding those areas to find the total area.
I can understand perimeter.
I can solve real world math problems using what I know about how to find the perimeter of shapes.
“I Can” Do Math
(Geometry)
I can understand shapes better by using what I notice about them.

I can place shapes into categories depending upon their attributes (parts).

I can name a category of many shapes by looking at their attributes (parts).

I can recognize and draw quadrilaterals (shapes with four sides) including rhombuses, rectangles and squares.

I can divide shapes into parts with equal areas and show those areas as fractions.