3rd Grade Skills are essential to your childs succes with math.

This is not because of the math they will learn, (although of course this year is an extremely important building block like all the other grades) but because this is the first year your child is exposed to standardized testing in elementary school.

The pressure is laid on some kids this year.  Do not let them develop math anxiety. The best way to avoid or eliminate math anxiety, is to help your child feel comfortable with their abilities to do the math!

Use this page to access all the printable math worksheets you need to help keep your child on task and interested in their math.

This list of skills is based on the 3rd grade level expectatoins from Washington State OSPI.

These Grade Level Expectations are organized by basic math subject area for 3rd Grade, based on Washington States OSPI.  If you would rather have a basic math skills requirements list organized by subject area, that includes every requirement from Kindergarten to 6th grade in one downloadable document please visit my Grade Level Expectations section.

3rd Grade Skills by Subject Area



  • Order and compare numbers to 999,999, using the signs < , > and =.
  • Solve two-step word problems
  • Solve equations in the form of ___ x 9 = 63; 81 ÷ _____ = 9
  • Solve problems with more than one operations, as in (43 – 32) x (5 + 3) = ?
  • Read and write expressions that use parentheses to indicate order of multiple operations.

Numbers and Operations

  • Compare, order and represent numbers to 10,000 using numbers and symbols
Write numbers in words; Order numbers; greatest & least; greater than/less than; compare numbers with addition and subtraction; place value names; value digits; Identify digits with particular place value; write in expanded form.
  • Rounding whole numbers
Rounding numbers; rounding money amounts; rounding brain teasers.
  • Accurately add and subtract whole numbers using standard algorithms.
Add two three digit numbers; three digit input/output tables with three digit numbers; completing addition sentences; add three or more numbers; add two numbers with four or more digits; Input/output tables with four or more digits; complet the subtraction sentences;
  • Solve multi-step word problems
Word problems - two numbers up to three digits; three or more numbers up to three digits; two numbers with four or more digits; Mixed operations.
  • Represent, compare and order, and identify equivalent fractions with denominators 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12.
Represent fractions; fraction word problems, compare fractions, order fractions, equivalent fractions, reducing fractions to their simplest form.
  • Show Multiplication to be repeated addition, skip numbers, jumps on the number line and connect to a multiplication equation.
Write the multiplication sentence, relate repeated addition to multiplication equation;
  • Show division to be repeated subtraction, skip numbers backwards, equal jumps on the number line and connect to a division equation.
Division facts to 5;
  • Multiplication facts to 12
Multiplication facts worksheets
  • Prducts, quotients and factors
Missing factors - to 12; missing factors, word problems; Relate multiplication and division.



  • Make linear measurements in yards, feet and inches and in centimeters and meters.
  • Know that one foot = 12 inches; one yard = 36 inches; 3 feet = 1 yard; 1 meter = 100 centimeters; 1 meter is a little more than one yard
  • Measure and draw line segments in inches (to ¼ inche) and in centimeters.
  • Estimate linear measurements, then measure to check estimates.


  • Compare weights of objects using a balance scale.
  • Estimate and measure weight in pounds and ounces; grams and kilograms
  • Know abbreviations: lb, oz., g., Kg.

Capacity (volume)

  • Estimate and measure liquid capacity in cups, pints, quarts, gallons and liters
  • Know that 1 quart = 2 pints; 1 gallon = 4 quarts
  • Compare U.S. and metric liquid volumes; quart and liter (one liter is a little more than one quart)


  • Measure and record temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Know the degree sign
  • Identify freezing point of water as 32’F = 0’C


  • Read a clock face and tell time to the minute as either A.M. or P.M. tell time in terms of both “minutes before” and “minutes after” the hour.
  • Solve problems on elapsed time (how much time has passed?)
  • Using a calendar, identify the date, day of the week, month and year
  • Write the date using words (for name of month) and numbers, and only numbers.


Lines, line segments, rays; Parallel, perpendicular or intersecting?; Greater than, less than or equal to Right angle; Acute, right and obtuse triangles. Identify planar and solid shapes; Perimeter. Area & perimeter word problems.

Data Analysis

  • Construction and analysis of pictographs, bar graphs, line graphs, frequency tables.
Bar Graphs, line graphs, line plots, pictographs, venn diagrams,
When your child has mastered their 3rd Grade Skills, it's time to move on and up to Fourth grade skills! And don't forget to head over to our home page! Here you will find great resources to help you tutor your child, such as manipulatives, board games, math puzzles and activities!

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