3rd Grade

Megan Schindler

The third grade classroom is a busy place.

Students at Killington Elementary School come into third grade as capable, enthusiastic, and willing workers. Third graders grow emotionally, physically, and academically in a big way during this particular school year. They learn to take notes, observe, study, form opinions, support ideas, and become aware of differences in peoples’ points of view.

The reading program supports the third grade science and social studies curriculum. Here they not only learn cultural and scientific facts but they also learn to think and form opinions about these cultures and events.

Our Language Arts program is rich and follows the criteria for good writing in the Vermont Frameworks. Third graders learn to organize their writing using topic sentences, focus statements, statements of facts from texts, and draw appropriate conclusions. They practice writing leads, dialogue, description, similes, and “Aha conclusions."

We use the Investigation Math Program that helps children really understand numbers and operations. Third graders study subtraction, multiplication, fractions, geometry, algebra, and more. We have many grade level exit skills to master and we work hard all year to accomplish this. Students learn to use a variety of strategies and they have opportunities to use manipulatives, which help them receive to deepen their understanding of each mathematical concept.

The teachers at KES work closely together to support each other as we plan curriculum, lessons, and activities that will help each of our students grow in positive ways .

Playing the Investigations math game "Close to 100". A class favorite!

We take energizer and mindfulness breaks very regularly in our third grade classroom. Students take turns choosing a pre-approved list of Just Dance videos or from a jar of Energizer Sticks.

While we all improve our dancing, we also encourage each other to have fun and enjoy the experience together. It feels very much like being on a team.