Grade Three 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
  • Monitor understanding
  • Synthesize information within and across texts and reading experiences
  • Repair faulty comprehension



In math our third graders are growing their understanding of place value and number sense. They are building their repertoire of problem-solving strategies and learning to explain their thinking using pictures, numbers, and words. 

Problem- Solving Strategies

  • Guess, check, revise
  • Make a list
  • Draw pictures
  • Look for a pattern; generalize
  • Use of make models, objects, graphs
  • Act it out
  • Use a logical sequence of events
  • Work backward
  • Write an equation
  • Make a table or chart
  • Experiment with different solutions
  • Reread the problem; look for keywords
  • Ask questions
  • Locate important information
  • Make a similar, simpler solution


In Social Studies, Third graders have also been figuratively traveling back in time to experience what it was like to live as a Pilgrim or a Wampanoag in the 1600’s. They have learned 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, we have begun to experiment with engineering design and magnetism. Our students are learning how to collect data, conduct experiments, and support a claim with specific evidence.   

Third graders will come together for our first "Engineering and Design Challenge Day" in December.  


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.


If you missed the Third Grade Forum you can access a video archieve to watch at home: Media Resources CheckOut


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