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Nebraska third-grade language arts standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's third-grade skills will be aligned to the Nebraska Academic Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of third-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the language arts practice problems in IXL's 129 third-grade skills.


3.1 Students will learn and apply reading skills and strategies to comprehend text.

  • 3.1.1 Students will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of print.

  • 3.1.2 Students will demonstrate phonological awareness through oral activities.

  • 3.1.3 Students will use phonetic analysis to read and write grade-level text.

    • 3.1.3.a Know and apply advanced sound/spelling patterns (e.g., Anglo-Saxon common roots and affixes, special vowel spellings [ough, ion], multi-syllable words) when reading, writing, and spelling grade-level text.

    • 3.1.3.b Use word structure to read text (e.g., prefixes/suffixes contractions, syllabication, derivation).

    • 3.1.3.c Recognize and read grade-level (phonetic and non-phonetic) words in text.

  • 3.1.4 Students will develop accuracy, phrasing, and expression while reading a variety of grade-level print/digital text to support comprehension.

    • 3.1.4.a Listen to and read text of increasing length and/or complexity to increase reader stamina.

    • 3.1.4.b Use context to adjust pace and prosody based on purpose, text complexity, form, and style.

  • 3.1.5 Students will build and use conversational, academic, and content-specific grade-level vocabulary.

    • 3.1.5.a Determine meaning of words through the knowledge of word structure elements, known words, and word patterns (e.g., contractions, plurals, possessives, parts of speech, syllables, affixes, base and root words, abbreviations).

    • 3.1.5.b Apply context clues (e.g., word, phrase, and sentence clues) and text features to help infer meaning of unknown words.

    • 3.1.5.c Acquire new academic and content-specific grade-level vocabulary, relate to prior knowledge, and apply in new situations.

    • 3.1.5.d Identify semantic relationships (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs, homophones, multiple-meaning words) to determine the meaning of words, aid in comprehension, and improve writing.

    • 3.1.5.e Locate words and determine meaning using reference materials.

  • 3.1.6 Students will construct meaning by using prior knowledge and text information while reading grade-level literary and informational text.

    • 3.1.6.a Identify author's purpose(s) (e.g., explain, entertain, inform, persuade) to support text comprehension.

    • 3.1.6.b Identify and describe elements of literary text (e.g., characters, setting, plot, point of view).

    • 3.1.6.c Identify and explain why authors use literary devices (e.g., simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery, rhythm, personification, hyperbole, idioms).

    • 3.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media, using key details to identify the theme.

    • 3.1.6.e Determine main ideas and supporting details from informational text and/or media.

    • 3.1.6.f Use text features to locate information and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of print and digital text.

    • 3.1.6.g Compare and contrast the characteristics that distinguish a variety of literary and informational texts.

    • 3.1.6.h Compare and contrast similar themes, topics, and/or patterns of events in literary and informational texts to develop a multicultural perspective.

    • 3.1.6.i Construct and/or answer literal and inferential questions and support answers with specific evidence from the text or additional sources.

    • 3.1.6.j Identify and apply knowledge of organizational patterns to comprehend informational text (e.g., sequence, description, cause and effect, compare/contrast).

    • 3.1.6.k Select text and explain the purpose (e.g., answer a question, solve problems, enjoy, form an opinion, understand a specific viewpoint, predict outcomes, discover models for own writing, accomplish a task).

    • 3.1.6.l Build background knowledge and activate prior knowledge to identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections before, during, and after reading.

    • 3.1.6.m Self-monitor comprehension by recognizing when meaning is disrupted and apply strategies to clarify, confirm, or correct.

    • 3.1.6.n Make and confirm/modify predictions and inferences before, during, and after reading literary, informational, digital text, and/or media.

    • 3.1.6.o Demonstrate an understanding of text via multiple mediums (e.g., writing, artistic representation, video, other media).

    • 3.1.6.p Make connections between the text of a story, drama, or poem and a visual or oral presentation of the text.