MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

In Grade 3, your child learns to understand and communicate about what he or she sees and hears in books, news articles, plays, art, videos, poems and other texts by:

  • using different strategies to understand ideas and information;
  • describing and explaining what he or she understands and comparing ideas and information;
  • asking questions in order to learn more about topics and ideas;
  • making and following a plan to find and organize useful information from different sources, such as elders, magazines, stories, information books, and websites.

Your child learns to:

  • communicate ideas and information to different audiences (who), for different purposes (why), and in different ways (how);
  • share his or her work with others to identify strengths and changes for improvement;
  • check for complete sentences, spelling, and word choice using a variety of strategies (such as reading out loud) and resources (such as dictionaries and classroom charts).

In Grade 3, children learn how to show respect for others and how to help others when working in groups.

To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

There are two types of assessment in Grade 3 English Language Arts: teacher’s classroom assessments and the Grade 3 Provincial Assessment (adobe icon 1.77 MB). The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year.

Here are the English Language Arts reporting areas and some examples of what the teacher will assess.

Comprehension strategies (Reading, Listening and Viewing)

  • What does your child do to help him or her understand when he or she reads, listens or views?
  • How does your child share ideas and ask questions about what he or she has read, viewed, or listened to?

Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)

  • How does your child use words, images, and different ways of communicating thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences?
  • How does your child organize ideas for communication (for example, drawing, creating lists, maps, or plans)?
  • How does your child use resources to check and improve work?

Critical Thinking:

  • How does your child explain his or her thoughts about information, ideas and what others are thinking?
  • How does your child use personal experiences, predictions and expectations to think about and evaluate what he or she hears, looks at and reads?
  • How does your child discuss similarities and differences, for example between new information and his or her previous knowledge and experiences?

The Grade 3 Provincial Assessment measures reading and number (numeracy) skills. Teachers assess and collect information about your child's reading during the Fall. This assessment gives you information on your child's ability to read and to understand what he or she has read, as well as to set goals to be a better reader. This information will help teachers plan reading lessons to help your child build a solid foundation in reading.

Your Child and the Grade 3 and Grade 4 Provincial Assessment (adobe icon 1.77 MB)


Frequently Asked Questions

How do children learn to read and write?

How can I help my child? What tips can I use to help my child learn to read?

Where can I get support in helping my child to read and write?

Why is critical thinking important at this age?