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Grade 3


What your child is learning

Grade 3 students

  • describe quantities to 1000
  • understand, apply and recall addition facts up to and including 9 + 9 and related subtraction facts
  • understand and recall multiplication facts to 5 x 5 and related division facts
  • understand fractions as a part of a whole
  • compare fractions with the same denominators
  • understand and determine perimeter for regular and irregular shapes
  • solve one-step addition and subtraction equations, using symbols
  • create increasing and decreasing patterns
  • measure time, mass and length
  • describe and sort shapes, using more than one characteristic
  • collect information and construct bar graphs
  • organize data, using charts, lists and graphs, in order to solve problems

For more about Grade 3 Mathematics, refer to the program of studies.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child.

Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are digitally based provincial assessments available to teachers as a tool to use at their discretion. They provide a beginning-of-the-year “check in.” This enables parents and teachers to learn about and identify student strengths and areas of growth at the start of the school year. The SLAs are based on outcomes related to literacy and numeracy in language arts and mathematics in Alberta’s current Grade 2 provincial programs of study. Some questions include contexts from arts education, health, science and social studies.

The purposes of the SLAs are to:

  • improve student learning (primary purpose)
  • enhance instruction for students.

While the SLAs are helpful in providing assurance at the local level, they will not be used in the Accountability Pillar, Alberta Education’s report to the public on the performance of the education system.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit new to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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