Third grade students are in the middle childhood stage. You won’t see dramatic changes in motor skills because this is a period of refinement, when coordination improves and fine motor skills are sharpened; however, you will notice remarkable changes in social and thinking skills. Your child is now building on the base of skills developed during early childhood and moving toward greater independence, both intellectually and emotionally.
Third grade readers are...
Reading for meaning.
Making connections to reading.
Writing about reading.
Reading to learn across curricular areas.
Building reading stamina.
Third grade writers are...
Writing clear, sequential narratives that develop stories containing dialogue, descriptive writing, and a meaningful ending.
Sharing their thoughts and opinions, and supporting these opinions with multiple reasons and a conclusion.
Writing informative pieces using facts, details, definitions, and transition words to connect these ideas to their topic.
Strengthening the quality of their writing by planning, revising, and editing their work.
Third grade mathematicians are...
Developing understandings of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100.
Developing understandings of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1).
Developing understandings of the structures of rectangular arrays and of area as they relate to multiplication and addition.
Describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.
Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
Using place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Solving problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.
Representing and interpreting data.
Third grade scientists are…
Using the steps of the Scientific Method to share findings and results of experiments.
Investigating changes over time.
Recording data for scientific purposes.
Using scientific vocabulary to communicate information.
Third grade social scientists are…
Learning the importance of understanding past events and how they shape our world today.
Understanding how changes in society occur and how they can make change happen.
Acquiring knowledge about our government and the importance of citizenship.
Applying Second Step character building skills to become productive members of our school community.
Third Graders also participate in Library, Music, Art, Health, P.E. and Design and Technology classes.
Technology is integrated in various curricular areas in the classroom and in the tech lab.