Third grade is the year that kids are expected to be strong readers and the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. Students will be practicing to improve their fluency, or how fluidly they read. In addition, the language arts will get more technical as the lessons will help them identify grammatical structures and provide strategies to improve comprehension. Students will begin simple research activities based on standards based topics from science and social studies. Science is very exciting for students at this grade. Students will explore animals and how they adapt to their environment; the basic concepts behind energy and matter; and they'll learn about our solar system. Social Studies gives you a chance to get out and explore your local area and learn at the same time as it focuses on the local history of the Santa Clarita Valley. That means every hike, trip to Magic Mountain, or drive to soccer practice can be connected to this year's lessons. Multiplication and division are one of the key skills to learn in third grade and memorizing their facts to 10 will pay off for years to come. Fractions are introduced as well as a plethora of other new concepts.
Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of third grade. For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.