3rd Grade

Lisa Brumwell
Caitlin L
Anna Wendt
          Lisa Brumwell           
         Caitlin Leary          
        Anna Wendt          
 Classroom Teacher
 Classroom Teacher   Classroom Teacher
 Laurie Barry  Dodi Bailen    
Laurie Barry     Dodi Bailen     
 Student Services Teacher Student Services Teacher     

Third grade is a special year in a child’s educational career. At Middlefork, it marks a unique milestone as students wrap up their primary years and prepare for the transition to the 4th-8th grade campus at Sunset Ridge School.

In English Language Arts, third graders are making the shift from learning to read to reading to learn. They are also honing their paragraph construction by supporting their narrative, expository, and argumentative pieces of writing with more evidence and details. Additionally, social studies and science units provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in content and apply their knowledge, whether it’s designing habitats for their (live) animals to survive within, or assuming the persona of a gentry or commoner member of the Jamestown colony. These integrated units also require students to apply their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills across the curriculum.

In Mathematics, mastery of the number sense skills taught throughout their primary years becomes critical as the academic expectations increase. Number Corner and Everyday Mathematics continue as the cornerstone curricular materials supporting students in their development of multiplication, division, and fraction concepts, measurement skills (time, liquid volume, mass, area, perimeter), organizing and representing data, and geometric shapes and their attributes. Our intent is to provide a rich problem-solving environment in which children solve different kinds of problems, explore solution strategies, explain their thinking to others, and make sense of each other’s thinking.

The social-emotional goals for third graders build upon their earlier experiences with continued opportunities to practice self-regulation, increase confidence, and to become more mindful of their own learning and feelings. For the first time, students record and track their own homework in their assignment notebooks. Above all, however, the focus remains on fostering the hearts and minds of the children every day.

Third Grade Highlights:

  • Daily Number Corner time
  • Multiplication and fractions
  • Writers Workshop
  • Patterns in Animal Survival 
  • Chicago History
  • Pioneers and The Grove field trip
  • Chrome Books
  • Bicycle Safety Unit
  • Coding
  • Recorders
  • 3rd Grade Art Show
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