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Third Grade - From Cub to Wildcat 

Welcome to Columbus Elementary School!  Third grade is the beginning of a new, exciting learning journey.  

Students in third grade read and write across a variety of genres and strengthen their working stamina.  Students monitor for meaning in their reading life.  Third grade readers formulate meaningful connections with literature, pose questions, determine the importance, and generate purposeful inferences.  Students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.  

Third grade students develop problem solving strategies to navigate social situations.  They participate in collaborative learning experiences, aimed at developing empathy and communication skills.   Third graders reflect on the importance of positive decision making.  They develop accountability for their choices in school, at home, and outside in the community.  

Students learn about the geography, economy, and cultures within the United States, China, and Brazil.  Third graders make real world connections!!

In science, third graders develop critical thinking skills as they embark upon their studies of environments, traits of organisms, animal development, animal survival, weather and climate.  Students examine how human interactions affect our world.  Students engage in engineering solutions to solve critical problems.   

Third grade mathematicians build upon their number fluency.  Students learn multiplication and division facts.  They identify and compare fractions. Third graders apply problem solving strategies to determine the appropriate operation when solving math word problems.  

Third grade is a year full of learning and wonder.  

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is responsible for setting student learning expectations (standards) for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction. Each local school district develops curricula based on these established standards. Read more on the NYSED Standards & Instruction website.