Grade Three Fall Perspective

Third Grade: Fall Perspective


Fall is a time of transition and exploration for third graders. They are becoming more independent in their reading and writing. They are learning to consistently apply the strategies that good readers use.



  • Search for connections between what they know and the new information they encounter in the texts they are reading.
  • Ask questions of themselves, the authors they encounter, and the texts they read.
  • Draw inferences during and after reading
  • Distinguish important from less important ideas
  • Synthesize information within and across texts and reading experiences
  • Repair faulty comprehension
  • Monitor understanding



In math, our third graders continue to grow their understanding of place value and number sense. Multiplication & Division and Fractions are the two largest units of study this year. Students work to build their repertoire of problem-solving strategies and learn to explain their thinking using pictures, numbers, and words. We emphasize the practice standards listed below in all of our lessons.


The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  4. Model with mathematics
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically
  6. Attend to precision
  7. Look for and make use of structure
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


In Social Studies, third graders will be figuratively traveling back in time to experience what it was like to live as a Pilgrim or a Wampanoag in the 1600’s. They will learn about the culture, religion, dress, and language of that time period.  As part of this unit of study, third graders visit Plimoth Plantation.



In Science, third graders explore the design and engineering process. We head-start Blanding’s turtles and learn about how weather can impact an environment. Much of our science work is integrated across the curriculum areas, with many opportunities for the four classes to work together.


Social competency and communications are also hallmarks of the third grade experience. Children participate in Open Circle in their classrooms. They learn to collaborate while working on mini -units with students from other third grade classes as well. Third graders participate in our Parent- Student-Teacher conferences, which start in October and then take place again in the spring.



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