• PSSA Math Eligible Content

    The following topics may be found on the PSSA for third grade students.


     Numbers and Operations

    Ø     Count a collection of bills and coins less than $5 (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar).  Money may be represented as 15 cents, or $0.15.

    Ø     Compare total values of combinations of coins less than $5 (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar).

    Ø     Make change for an amount up to $5 with no more than $2 change given (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar).

    Ø     Represent multiplication as repeated addition

    Ø     Demonstrate the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction using fact families and/or factors.

    Ø     Identify the correct operation(s) to solve a word problem (no more than 2 operations using +,- and/or x).

    Ø     Solve single-and double-digit addition and subtraction problems with and without regrouping in vertical or horizontal form.

    Ø     Solve problems involving multiplication through 9’s tables through 9x5

    Ø     Solve triple digit addition and subtraction problems without regrouping in vertical or horizontal form.

    Ø     Estimate sums and differences of quantities; round 2-digit numbers to the nearest 10, and 3 digit numbers to the nearest 100, before computing (limit to two numbers).



    Ø Tell/show time (analog) to the minute.

    Ø     Find elapsed time to increments of 5 minutes (limited to 2 adjacent hours).

    Ø     Identify times of the day and night as AM and PM.

    Ø     Select an appropriate unit for the attribute being measured.

    Ø     Compare and/ or order objects according to length, area, or weight.

    Ø     Use a ruler (provided) to measure to the nearest ½ inch.

    Ø     Match the object with its approximate measurement (all measurements given must be of the same system, e.g., about how tall is a soda pop can?  5 inches, 5 feet, 5 yards, etc.).



    Ø     Name/identify/describe geometric shapes in two dimensions (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon).

    Ø     Name/identify geometric shapes in three dimensions (spheres, cube, cylinder, cone, pyramid, rectangular prism).

    Ø     Identify/draw one line of symmetry in a two-dimensional figure.

    Ø     Identify symmetrical two-dimensional shapes.

    Ø     Locate points or describe relationships using the coordinate plane.


    Algebraic Concepts

    Ø     Extend or find a missing element in a pattern of numbers or shapes (pattern must show 3 repetitions- if multiples are used, limit to 2,3, or 5).

    Ø     Create or match a story to a given combination of symbols (+,-,x,<,>,=) and numbers.

    Ø     Choose the number sentence that matches a given story (one operation, + or – only).

    Ø     Find a missing number that makes a number sentence true (1-digit or 2-digit numbers up to 18 using +,- or x through 9x5).

    Ø     Identify the missing symbol (+,-,=,<,>) that makes a number sentence true.


    Data Analysis and Probability

    Ø     Analyze data shown on tables, charts, or bar graphs using the concepts of largest, smallest, most often, least often and middle.

    Ø     Describe, interpret and /or answer questions based on data shown in tables, charts, or bar graphs.

    Ø     Graph data or complete a graph given the data (grid is provided).

     Ø    Translate information from one type of display to another       (e.g.,convert tally chart to bar graph).  Limit to tally charts, bar graphs and tables.