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What to Expect in Third Grade

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Updated on Apr 7, 2009

Science/Social Studies: “Reading to learn” opens an exciting new world for young scientists, as they start to consult references and learn new stuff. Specific topics in these areas tend to vary by state, but you can expect plenty of work using the scientific method and testing hypotheses about the physical world, as well as about geography and world cultures. This year, more than in previous ones, you’ll also see writing and math blended in, as kids graph and calculate scientific observations and then write up their conclusions. Want to help at home? Give kids some time and space to mess around with science, especially in nature; now is also a great time to subscribe to kids’ nature magazines such as Ranger Rick, or National Geographic Magazine for kids.

If you’ve noticed that curriculum starts to have more weight in third grade, you’re right. If you have concerns about your child's progress, be sure to talk with your teacher; schools expect that kids will advance unevenly at times, and they are prepared to help. Some kids find the transition stressful. More often, however, third graders find themselves standing more firmly than ever in the world of school. After three years of being “little” in elementary school, third graders are now among the “big” kids. Ask them and they’ll tell you: that’s pretty cool.

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