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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

WRITING:

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

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Explore the similarities and differences among world cultures, looking closely at countries and continents to make meaningful connections.

MATH:

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

READING:

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

SCIENCE:

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

WORLD LANGUAGE:

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

LIBRARY:

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

PE:

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.

MUSIC:

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

ART:

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

THINKERING:

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