Third graders are blossoming and exploring their independence and potential as writers, mathematicians, artists, thinkers, and problem-solvers. Their growing maturity allows them to begin to see themselves as part of the world around them and comes with greater stamina and ability to reflect on their thinking, work cooperatively, and engage in discussions with peers. Third graders are invested in their social connections and are learning to collaborate with their peers on more demanding projects.
Their reflective capacity is nurtured and grown as they are challenged to apply it to academic tasks, such as revising or peer-editing a piece of writing, making inferences in their reading, or modeling various ways to solve a tricky math problem. Their ability to think about problems and issues from different perspectives is one of the intellectual superpowers that teachers nurture in students at this age.
Third graders love opportunities to exercise their independence and take on roles as leaders or activists, such as being “big buddies” with kindergarteners, marching for a cause they are passionate about, or serving on the Green Team. This trust from their community empowers them to make more informed decisions. Third graders are building their learning mindsets, including learning to engage with productive struggle and to grow from mistakes.
Incredible & Influential Biography Project
In this project, students worked to:
- Research a historical figure.
- Identify the most important details and synthesize information from multiple sources.
- Understand the historical significance of their figure.
- Take notes about the information they learned in their own words.
- Organize their thinking into a clear, informational text.
- Strengthen some computer literacy skills including typing and navigating documents.
Please enjoy their projects here, using the menu at the top (and dropdown menu) to navigate to each student’s project.