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Third Grade

We 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 (order and classify) and learn the basics of scientific research and how to communicate scientific information to their peers.


Produce language on familiar topics, expanding their use of more complex vocabulary and grammatical concepts to produce short skits, plays, and written work.


Become more critical users of information as they develop Information literacy, digital citizenship, and media literacy skills.


Learn the importance of fitness through cooperative recreational games; build cardiovascular health; and learn how to support others, play fair, cooperate, and demonstrate confidence and sportsmanship at the same time.


Learn to play the soprano recorder and more complex Orff instrumentation in ensemble playing, read songs from “real music,” and sing harmony parts.


Create long-term projects, learning the importance of process over product and exploring identity through self-portrait.


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