Third Grade

Third Grade Teacher:  Ms. Patricia Lyons

Third grade finds our children accepting more responsibility and establishing greater independence in organizing and producing strong academic work. They become more aware of their role in contributing to and maintaining a positive, social learning community and develop the traits of a good friend. A third grader’s inquisitive nature, coupled with their heightened inquiry abilities make this year a perfect one for embracing lessons in science and becoming stewards of the Earth.

Our reading and language arts lessons are based on historical fiction and fascinating non-fiction books connected to our studies. Beginning in the second quarter, students read, write about and discuss classic children’s novels, as they develop critical thinking skills and make literary connections. Crafting narrative stories, writing letters and poetry, reading their writing aloud to their peers and publishing their work at year’s end at a “publishing party” all encourage creativity and emphasize grammar rules.

In mathematics, we introduce multiplication facts, basic division and stress the importance of having fact families committed to memory as they demonstrate their skill in adding and subtracting accurately and efficiently. Logical reasoning and estimating assist the students in solving word problems that incorporate time telling and using money. Being able to choose a strategy and operation needed is aided by their ability to and read carefully.

In our life science units, we work to create a sense of wonder and a lifelong love of science. Planting and harvesting are spring and fall highlights, as the students learn about what makes our outdoor classroom garden grow. Earth science has a rich curriculum based in extreme weather events and the study of volcanoes and earthquakes. Physical science is presented with hands-on activities, individual investigations and small-group experiments. We run sessions with our “Science Buddies” from the fifth grade, working through engineering projects, which present different concepts and afford opportunities to conduct experiments together.

Students explore the five exciting geographic regions as they “take a tour” of the United States. They learn about the birthplace of our nation, America’s first factories, the importance of farming and industry, early explorers and settlements. Students read related trade books, keep a scrapbook from their yearlong tour, create maps, and write and share reports. A highlight of the year is completing a group research project on the first inhabitants of our country – Native Americans.

Field trips during the year include the class trip to Historic Philadelphia, and Pennsbury Manor. The trip to Philadelphia is a highlight of the year, bringing new understanding about how our country was born and the important steps our founding fathers took to establish our enduing government. A trip to the Arden Theater brings a classic work of literature to life.

Our third graders remain committed to service projects, and they are responsible for the collection of all recyclable paper from every classroom at the end of each school day.

Third Grade Curriculum Overview:

Reading/Language Arts

  • Read classic children’s novels and trade books.
  • Compare characters and make predictions.
  • Consider themes and contemplate author’s intent.
  • Write plot summaries and create new story endings.
  • Read independently every evening.
  • Prepare book reports.
  • Keep a writer’s journal.
  • Craft narrative stories.
  • Conduct research and write research reports.
  • Write letters and poetry.
  • Learn cursive writing.
  • Memorize lines for a play or festival related to a focus area.
  • Develop confidence as public speakers.


  • Use logic and estimation to solve word problems.
  • Identify, compare and add/subtract fractions.
  • Understand customary and metric measurement.
  • Make change, use money and tell time.
  • Commit to memory multiplication facts up to 12.
  • Perform basic division.
  • Know addition and subtraction fact families.
  • Accomplish accurate and efficient computation.


    Earth Science
  • Weather
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Environment


    Life Science

  • Plants
  • Animals
    Physical Science

  • Energy
  • Force
  • Simple Machines
  • Motion

Social Studies

  • United States geography
  • Native Americans/natural resources of the USA
  • Early explorers and settlements in North America
  • Take a tour of Historical Philadelphia
  • Establishment of U. S. government