Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade!

Third grade is an exciting bridge year where your student will move from a primary to an intermediate grade level. The greatest transition will be from "learning to read" to "reading to learn". With these changes, your child may experience some growing pains, however it is normal for them to feel some frustration in the beginning of the year. Third graders will ultimately develop a greater sense of responsibility and independence. The growth you will see your child make will amaze you!

The Third grade team is dedicated to making this transition as seamless as possible. Our philosophy is maintaining open communication between home and school. We have found this yields the optimal results for the child's development as a third grader.

Curriculum Overview


Spelling/ Phonics/Grammar

Third grade’s spelling words shift from the primary levels (k-2) focus of memorizing sight words to a phonics based/ word analysis based curriculum. You will not see a grade for spelling on the report card but rather a grade for your child’s ability to take phonic skills and apply them correctly to words so that they can spell correctly in daily writing. In order to implement this shift, the third grade has decided to modify our program to better meet this standard.

Instead of getting a weekly spelling list to memorize, your child will work throughout the week on applying the phonics skill of the week. Look for this skill each week in their daily journal. In addition to working on the phonic skill they will be asked to study several sight words for review from the (k-2) program.

On Friday, they will be tested on the reviewed sight words and also on applying the phonics and grammar skill.

This is an attempt to move away from your child memory a weekly spell list and move towards them applying phonics/grammar skills into their daily writing.


Throughout their 3rd grade year, your child will be practicing the following comprehension skills:

  • Literary Elements
  • Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Sequencing and Summarizing
  • Cause and Effect
  • Fact and Opinion
  • Generalizations
  • Drawing Conclusions/Making Inferences
  • Authors Purpose

These skills will be introduced during whole group instruction and will be reinforced during guided reading groups.


We take an authentic, hands on approach in introducing the following science concepts:

  • Forces and Physics
  • Global Climate
  • Frog Life Cycles
  • Adaptations and Survival

Social Studies

By the end of third grade your child will be able to answer the following essential question: Where in the world am I? This essential question will be explored through the study of map skills, Oceans, Continents, Land Forms, Fast and Slow Changes on Earth and cultural differences found in the world.