Willette Bitmoji Classroom

Meet the 3rd grade team: Willette, Reed, Macedo, and Bergman

What will my child learn in third grade?


Third graders are no longer learning to read; now they’re reading to learn. They’re reading longer books with chapters and using more complex reading strategies.

  • Use reading strategies such as asking questions, making inferences and summarizing.

  • Describe characters in a story.

  • Understand the different genres of fiction.

  • Determine the main idea and details in non-fiction texts.

  • Use and understand text features in non-fiction texts.

  • Use context clues to learn new vocabulary.

  • Compare and contrast information from texts.


When it comes to writing, third graders take the foundational skills they’ve learned thus far and apply them.

  • Use thinking maps to organize their ideas.

  • Write in a variety of genres including letters, personal narratives, fiction stories and research reports.

  • Revise and edit their writing.

  • Write in paragraphs using transition words.

  • Write in cursive.

  • Understand parts of speech: noun, verb and adjective.

  • Correctly use basic punctuation.

  • Understand prefixes, suffixes and homophones.

  • Use reference books such as the dictionary and thesaurus.

  • Support opinions in expository writing.


Third-grade math expects students to know their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact families and use them in equations and two-step word problems. In addition, third graders will learn how to:

  • Read and write large numbers through the hundred thousands, knowing the place value for each digit.

  • Round and compare numbers.

  • Understand equivalent fractions, be able to compare fractions and change mixed numbers to improper fractions.

  • Know decimals to the one-hundredth place.

  • Use number lines.

  • Recognize and write patterns.

  • Do mental addition and subtraction.

  • Add four-digit numbers.

  • Subtract with regrouping.

  • Know time to minute and elapsed time in minutes.

  • Read and make graphs.

  • Determine a shape’s perimeter and area.

  • Recognize two-dimensional shapes.

  • Measure with both Customary and Metric systems – length, weight, volume and temperature.

  • Multiply three and four digit numbers.

  • Divide two and three digit dividends.


  • Third-grade science introduces kids to experiments and using the scientific method with a hypothesis and observations. The science curriculum includes weather, the water cycle, and states of matter.

Social Studies

  • Social studies class in third grade includes learning about maps, Native Americans, explorers and colonies.

How can I help my child succeed?

● Read with your child every night. Third graders will have daily reading homework with the expectation of at least 30 minutes each day.

● Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each day.

● Help your child stay organized. Check the night before to make sure your child has what they need for school the next day.

● We have a late morning snack every day. Feel free to pack a healthy, energizing snack. Snacks will also be provided.