Third grade is a year of growth and transition for students with an emphasis on responsibility and individual work habits. It is the first year that students earn letter grades on their report cards and have textbooks for each subject area. Third grade students take the End of Grade tests for the first time. This is the standardized test to measure their school progress as compared to other third grade students across the state.
In language arts, students learn about the parts of speech and work on improving their creative writing skills. Cursive writing is introduced at this level. Much of third grade reading is in the subject areas and the children are encouraged to read analytically instead of just for pleasure.
Math skills taught in third grade include addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, measurement, fractions, and problem solving skills.
Third grade students learn about the plants, soil, the skeletal and muscle systems of the body, and the solar system. We hope the children will find that learning science can be fun.
Emphasis in social studies is on communities around the world. Students learn how communities are alike and different. They also expand their map skills.
Third graders are expected to do homework. These assignments are intended to reinforce skills taught in the classroom and to teach responsibility. Parents can help their children develop better study skills by providing a designated, quiet place for the child to work.
Third grade is a fast paced and challenging year that most students find to be fun and rewarding!