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 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.