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Third Grade

A pivotal year at Bright School, third grade offers students the gradual increase of responsibility for their own learning. Students begin to develop organizational skills and are encouraged to grow into independent learners and thinkers. A strong focus on reading comprehension and writing mechanics provides opportunities for students to refine  their literacy foundation. Application of knowledge becomes daily practice within the provided workshop times. Math concepts and strategies are strengthened, and students  become true problem solvers. History comes to life as third graders step back in time and experience the hands-on trades, skills, and cooperation needed to create and sustain a colonial community. The road toward becoming a life-long learner for each individual begins.


Mrs. Shirley, Mrs. Hyer and Mrs. Angel


• Discovers who he/she is as a reader by exploring different genres and authors
• Develops a genuine love for reading through desire and confidence
• Begins to allow personal interests to reflect in reading choices
• Builds comprehension in daily reading practice through guided, shared, and independent reading
• Develops a range of content-based vocabulary through reading a variety of texts
• Increases reading fluency in both oral and silent reading by applying phonetic strategies for effortless decoding


• Demonstrates the writing process with guidance by drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
• Revises and edits daily writing
• Examines and applies word patterns through word study and daily writing opportunities
• Increases ability to generate ideas, organize thoughts, and write paragraphs independently
• Understands grammatical concepts and applies them to writing
• Generates varied types of writing including poetry, narrative, informational, and creative writing



• Uses knowledge of place value to recognize patterns in numbers
•  Accurately computes multi-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping
• Understands the relationship between multiplication and division and develops fact fluency
• Applies bar model method to solve multi-step word problems
• Demonstrates knowledge of customary measurement (length, capacity, and time); introduction to metric units
• Collects, interprets, and analyzes data in various forms
• Begins to understand pre-algebraic thinking (equations, functions, and equalities/inequalities)
• Develops estimation and mental math strategies

Social Studies

• Builds geography skills with the study of maps and landforms
•  Begins to utilize research process
• Explores Colonial America through multimedia, field experiences, and informational texts
• Participates in simulation of the colonial experience through activities and presents a culminating project on a colonial trade
• Develops an understanding of the roles that individuals, businesses, and government have within given communities