Research to Build Knowledge

Essential Outcome

Pink = assessed on report card
Yellow = taught, but not necessarily assessed

Third Grade Continuum Objective:

Oral, Visual, and Technological Communication


Third Grade Common Core Standard:

Research to Build and Present Knowledge (RBK)


7. Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


8. Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.


Listening and Speaking


Listening and Understanding


Listen to remember, and follow directions with two or more steps

Listen actively to others read or talk about their writing and give feedback

Listen with attention during lessons and respond with statements and questions

Listen with attention and understanding to oral reading of stories, poems, and informational texts

Listen attentively to presentations by the teacher and fellow students and be able to identify the main idea

Understand and interpret information presented in visual media

CC3 Social Interaction


Use conventions of respectful speaking

Speak at an appropriate volume – not too loud, but loud enough to be heard and understood by others

Speak at appropriate volume in different contexts

Speak clearly enough to be understood by others in conversation

Engage in the turn-taking of conversation

Actively participate in conversation; listening and looking at the person who is speaking

CC1 Extended Discussion


Listen to and build on the talk of others

Engage actively in routines (for example, turn and talk or getting a turn)

Ask clear questions during small-group and whole-class discussion

Ask questions for clarification to gain information

Participate actively in small-group and whole-class discussion

Use grade level-appropriate specific vocabulary when talking about texts (title, author, character, etc.)

Relate or compare one’s own knowledge and experience with information from other speakers

CC2 Content


Predict and recall stories or events

Offer solutions and explanations for story problems

Explain and describe people, events, places, and objects

Describe similarities and differences among people, places, events, and objects

Categorize objects, people, places, and events

Report interesting information from background experience or reading

Describe cause-and-effect relationships

Provide reasons and argue for a point, using evidence



PKI4 Voice


Show enthusiasm while speaking about a topic

Show confidence when presenting

Vary the voice to emphasize important aspects of events or people

Tell stories in an interesting way

Report information in an interesting way

PKI4 Conventions


Speak at appropriate volume to be heard when addressing large and small groups

Look at the audience while talking

Speak at an appropriate rate to be understood by the audience

Enunciate words clearly

Correctly pronounce all words except for a few sophisticated new content words

Use mostly conventional grammar and word usage

Use intonation and word stress to emphasize important ideas

Vary language according to purpose

Stand with good posture

PKI6 Organization


Have the topic or story in mind before starting to speak

Have an audience in mind before starting to speak

Maintain a clear focus on the important or main ideas

Present ideas and information in a logical sequence

Have a clear beginning and conclusion

Have a plan or notes to support the presentation

Word Choice


Use language from stories and informational texts when retelling stories or making a report

Use words the describe (adjectives and adverbs)

Use language appropriate to oral presentation words (rather than literary language or slang)

Use content-specific words when needed to explain a topic

Ideas and Content


Recite some poems from memory

Recite poems or tell stories with effective use of intonation and word stress to emphasize important ideas, engage listeners’ interest, and show character traits

Engage in role play of characters or events encountered in stories

Make brief oral reports that demonstrate understanding of a topic

Demonstrate understanding of a topic by providing relevant facts and details

PKI5 Media


Read aloud and discuss own writing with others

Use visual displays as appropriate

Use illustrations as appropriate to communicate meaning

Identify and acknowledge sources of the information included in oral presentations



General Communication


Use mouse or keyboard effectively to move around the computer screen and search for information

Use effective keyboarding movements for efficient use of the computer

Send and respond to email messages

RBK 7 and 8, CS5 Gathering Information/Research


Bookmark favorite sites

Use a simple search engine to find information (from approved and accessible sites)

Locate information (text, pictures, animation) within approved and accessible websites

Open and close approved websites (for example, students’ authors’ websites)

Open approved websites and search for information within nonlinear presentations (topics and categories)

Download selected information



Use word-processing programs to produce drafts

Use simple word-processing programs to prepare some pieces for publication

Use spell check