Third grade children at Balfour Elementary School focus on building
foundational reading skills as well as comprehension skills. This
involves the children reading independently, responding to what they
read, and answering the teacher’s questions about what they read. The
children also work on their writing that as part of balanced literacy.
In math the children will be learning amazing things about
geometry, fractions, and focusing a lot on learning those, all
important, multiplication facts.
In Science the children will explore the solar system, human body and soil.
In Social Studies they will learn about communities around the world and discovering the way our government works.
Student and Parent Expectations
The students and parents in third grade are expected to show respect to
everyone in the classroom community. The children are expected to follow
all classroom and school rules. The parents, children and teachers are
encouraged to work together to show respect for each other. Everyone
must work together to ensure that the school and classroom runs the best
that it can.
All children in third grade are expected to follow the school BARK expectations, in and out of their classroom.
Activities & Field Trips
Third grade has special activities in individual classrooms. At the end
of the year we have field day and water day. We also take music and
science-based educational field trips. Our students can also participate
in the school spelling bee and STEAM competition.
Third grade is the first year where the children take the EOG (End of
Grade) Tests. We also do assessments/district benchmark assessments
throughout the year in reading to check their reading levels, reading
vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Third grade students will also
take district benchmarks and an EOG to determine math proficiency.
Classroom teachers may also use assessments to determine proficiency of
concepts in the classroom, throughout the year.