For many students, third grade is when everything starts to come
together - where the light bulbs begin to shine. While they are
still building on the skills they learned previously, they are
also learning to work on their own and analyze how things work.
Third graders have a stronger understanding of the concepts of
time and how things change, and thus, many of their subjects will
focus on these concepts. For example, applicable worksheets review
the phases of the moon or more complex cause and effect sequencing.
Welcome to the world of reading!
The language and literacy skills of third graders are more developed, and they
are able to figure out words that they do not understand using
context clues or pictures. Homeschool worksheets may start to
include discussions on what they have read or questions about
Third grade teachers start to introduce different book genres,
as well as different places where they can find information, such
as newspapers, magazines, or printable worksheets from websites.
Students will also be required to complete more writing assignments,
such as reports and personal narratives, which now include proofreading
and editing. They may also start using charts and diagrams to
compare concepts and data.
Bigger numbers - not a problem
In third grade, math assignments become more complex. Larger
numbers are used, as well as fractions and decimals. Teacher worksheets
may include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Third graders are also expected to start solving problems in their
heads or on paper, instead of using counting tools.
Everything in the world is related
Science also becomes more detailed, introducing the intricate
workings of biology and earth science. Third graders will start
to evaluate the relationship between physical science, such as
how the Earth interacts with the moon and the sun, or how plants
and animals interact on the food chain. Third grade students learn
about different land and water masses on a map, and they have
a firmer understanding of identifying states, countries, and oceans.
They will start conducting more experimentation and observations,
as well as make educated guesses on what reactions will happen
next in science. Students also learn the difference between gases,
liquids, and solids, and how sound and light behave in different
Changes in time and communication
This year, third graders will start to expand how they see world.
Students can learn how people have adapted to different environments,
and how travel or communication has changed throughout the different
In the classroom, students can understand consequences for their
actions. Friendships (and enemies) are more lasting, and thus,
teaching conflict resolution is important. Students may be required
to do group work in their classes. This will both help their needs
for social interaction as well as get them to work through conflict
Most third graders are eager to explore the world and see how
things work around them. They may be developing preferences for
one subject or another. Many third graders also strive for independence,
and they may not be as open to talk to their parents about their
life at school. When they do talk, third graders are rapidly developing
complex language skills, and thus, they can debate, protest, or
explain concepts quite eloquently.
As independence and a sense of self begin to develop in third
grade, some students may create unrealistic expectations for themselves.
This may lead to anxiety and a fear of failure, which previously
did not appear in the lower grade levels. Classes are starting
to become more competitive, causing children that have learning
struggles to feel insecure about their ability.
During third grade, it is important to nurture healthy social
and personal perceptions, monitoring attitude changes to ensure
that no child falls through the cracks of developing critical