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Third Grade

A student engaged in the writing processWe know that third graders are dramatic and inquisitive. They exhibit newfound confidence, have a growing ability to assume personal responsibility, actively seek praise, learn to identify details for their big ideas, are self-critical, and are increasingly empathetic and open to the needs of others.

We help our third graders learn and practice: managing disappointment with resilience; investigating their inside voices that either hinder or enhance their experience; being self-reflective about feelings, choices, and who they are as learners; and being mindful and present.

Our Goals for Third Graders


Embrace a writer’s voice through narrative, information, and opinion writing and learning to follow the entire writing process considering the structure and purpose.


Through the study of San Francisco, third graders will investigate group identities, lean to engage with others about identity and explore how we work to create fair and just community. 


Build understanding about key mathematical ideas, thinking critically about the relationship between operations with focus on multiplication and division, fractions, and other concepts.


Transition from learning to read, to reading to learn through explicit practice of reading strategies that push students’ higher-level thinking.


Refine observation skills and scientific sketching by studying ecosystems, geology, and astronomy. Ask questions, make predictions, conduct investigations, and use evidence to explore scientific phenomena.


Build on various familiar vocabulary and patterns of the language and practice them through engaging conversation, storytelling, basic writing and responding to real-life situations.


Become more critical users of information as they develop information literacy, digital citizenship, and media literacy skills.  They continue to develop their exposure to diverse experiences and perspectives through literature.


Develop fitness through cooperative and team games; build cardiovascular health; build sport skills; and learn how to support and accept others, play fair, be confident in one’s abilities.

Students work on a self portraitMUSIC:

Build sight-singing skills by singing more complex solfeggio patterns and incorporating rhythmic components, leading up to better music note reading fluency.  


Develop skills to create long-term projects. Practice learning the importance of process over product. Start to explore personal identity through self-portrait exploration.


Advance touch-typing skills and learn the fundamentals of computer programming through hands-on maker activities.