Third Grade


    Ms. C. Barrese  Ms. Barrese's Website
    Ms. T. Craco  Ms. Craco's Website
    Ms. J. Franciscovich  (website coming soon)
    Ms. K. Terry 
    Ms. Terry's Website

    Welcome to Third Grade!  This will be an exciting year in which students will build upon their primary learning experiences as they transition into the intermediate school years. While basic skills and competencies are taught in all classrooms, teachers never lose sight of the child as an individual learner.  Teachers value the thoughts, ideas, and questions of every student and provide choice and flexibility to challenge each child to his/her highest potential.  The third-grade curriculum and environment fosters increased responsibility and independence for all students.


    Communication with Your Child's Teacher

    • The partnership between school and home is crucial to your child's success.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher at any time during the school year to discuss any concerns or problems.

    • If you need to drop something off for your child, please go directly to the main office.  The item(s) will be sent to your child’s classroom.

    • Parents are advised to keep changes in transportation to a minimum.  Please notify your child’s teacher in writing of any changes in advance.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    •  There are two parent/teacher conferences scheduled during the year, one in November and one in March.


    • The New York State English Language Arts test will be administered in April.

    • The New York State Mathematics Test will be administered in May.



    The third-grade health program implements The Great Body Shop.  Children receive a monthly magazine focusing on various health-related topics.  Topics include growth and development, nutrition, safety, illness prevention/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, personal safety/emotional health, family life, and community health/environment.

    Social Studies

    The third-grade social studies program enables students to learn about communities/cultures around the world through the exploration of the seven continents.  Geography and map skills are introduced and developed to aid students in understanding their place in the world and how it relates to others. 


    The goal of the third-grade reading instruction is to create independent readers.  By carefully assessing each student’s strengths and weaknesses, teachers are better able to guide them in selecting appropriate literature for their reading level.  Here, students can practice such skills as decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension.

    The third-grade reader’s workshop is structured so that each student will have the opportunity to learn various reading strategies through the class mini-lesson, practice it during their independent reading and/or guided reading group, and reinforce what they learned through whole-class book talks.  Students also learn to respond to literature through the use of reading journals and graphic organizers.

    Students focus on various units of study (author and character study) throughout the year.  Here, they develop a true appreciation for literature.


    Writing is a multi-faceted subject in the third grade, as it encompasses both technique and creativity.  Students are taught how to write letters and words in cursive handwriting.  Using the “World of Language” workbook, some of the skills students focus on include proper sentence structure, paragraphing, capitalization, and punctuation.

    Third graders explore a variety of genres in the Writer’s Workshop.  Some of the styles explored include “How To” writing, descriptive writing, personal narrative, persuasive essay, poetry, note-taking, and letter writing among others.  Students build confidence while learning skills.  Writing occurs daily in the third grade.  Students leave the third grade more confident in their ability to organize their ideas into concrete text, enjoyed by both the reader and the author.


    The third-grade mathematics program reinforces and expands the concepts and skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and introduces simple division.  As children at this stage of development need concrete materials to develop their mathematical skills, hands-on activities and games are used in conjunction with published materials.  The program uses problem-solving approaches to investigate and reinforce all mathematical topics.  Students are encouraged to explain their thinking in words when solving problems.

    Areas of study include:  Number Sense, Operations with Whole Numbers, Estimation, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, and Patterns.