Third Grade

Students take a huge step forward in their growth and development as students, friends, artists, scientists, and more. The Third Graders are always on the go, whether they're here on campus or out on one of their adventurous field trips. 

Language Arts

Reading to Learn

In Third Grade, students develop a stronger ability to use their reading skills to learn about areas of interest. Students become better at selecting novels independently and seek out nonfiction to increase their understanding about a topic. These are critical steps towards the goal of becoming a life-long learner. Students develop their understanding of paragraph writing and are introduced to formal expository writing through persuasive letters and informational pieces based on research.


Multiply & Divide

Third Graders focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions (fractions with numerator 1); (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Students continue to reinforce addition and subtraction skills and apply mathematical understanding to a variety of projects throughout the year.


Hands-on exploration

Third Graders investigate the following topics: weather, ecosystems and watersheds, properties of water and hydropower, the solar system and outer space, the Earth and its ability to sustain life, and the human body. Hands-on projects engage students in building on their natural curiosity and students use our beautiful surroundings and outdoor education destinations as an extended classroom. 

Social Studies

Colorado History comes alive

In Third Grade, students explore the concept of the past through their study of Colorado history. Our community provides ample opportunities for children to experience the past through ghost towns, mines and numerous museums that bring specific aspects of history alive. Children begin to see that the past influences the present, laying a foundation for the more abstract concept of considering how the present influences the future. Projects include an in-depth living history project called Changemakers, where children research a particular leader, identify the characteristics that led to the character's accomplishments, and present their findings in costume with a research presentation.

World Language

Action Verbs

Third Graders review previous vocabulary and continue their studies of French-speaking or Spanish-speaking countries around the world. They learn simple verb conguation and learn the correct use of nouns and articles related to school, weather, seasons, community, places, and family. They delve deeper into the phonetics of the language to speak, read, or write more accurately. Their world language skills are becoming more sophisticated, just as their worldview is beginning to expand to encompass a more global perspective.


Create & Code

Third Graders strive to become creators instead of just consumers of technology. Students are challenged to think creatively and logically to solve problems using Scratch Jr. They also implement sequential thinking while learning to code with the iPad application Kodable. Students use HyperStudio and Vimeo to to develop presentation skills; they also practice their typing skills using Keyboarding Without Tears.


studio originals

Third Graders build on sewing and tying skills in a colorful tapestry project while learning about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. They reproduce Edvard Munch's painting of The Scream by creating their own rendition of what makes them scream, and they learn about proportions of the face during a portrait unit on Salvador Dali. They study form, color, and texture in 3D basket weaving, and use both ink and watercolor to create original work. They apply the element of form in the soft sculpture dolls of their character for Day of the Living Dead in conjunction with their classroom presentations.


in Harmony

Third Grade students begin their harmony studies with partner songs and rounds. The year's musical studies include songs, instruments, movement, and activities that reinforce students' knowledge of Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze techniques. Children continue studying notation, exploring tempo, dynamics, and other musical constructs to further their understanding and appreciation of music. 


A growing role

In Third Grade, actors begin to understand their voices using projection and diction. Extending the voice forward and working on their style of speaking, students learn about characterization. Third Grade performs Hamlet in the Shakespeare festival and helps create their scene for the All-School Play held at the Wheeler Opera House. Children also put on a playwright festival where they display their narrative skills of exposition and character development. 

Physical Education

Strength & skill

Third Grade students build on the skills developed in the primary grades and have instruction and practice in volleyball, soccer, handball, badminton, basketball, and hockey, among other sports. Highlights of the program include rock climbing in preparation for the fall outdoor education trip as well as the winter afternoons ice skating and skiing with their class and parent chaperones.

Outdoor Education

Climb on

Third Graders are introduced to rock climbing on a fall trip to Independence Pass. They learn the mechanics of a belay system and develop deeper trust among their classmates as they engage in this challenging sport. Each trip begins with the Third Graders hiking at least a mile into camp with their own backpacks on. In the spring, Third Graders spend three days in Arches exploring the majestic landscape through hiking and bouldering.

Projects & traditions

stepping out

Country Day's emphasis on public speaking and presentation skills really shines in the Third Grade, when it seems each month finds the students demonstrating their increasing knowledge in front of an audience of classmates, parents, friends, or Middle School buddies. Children learn to leverage their own interests in learning, particularly in projects like The Day of the Living Dead, when children select an historical character to research and portray. They learn how to break a large task down into manageable parts -- just one of the many foundational academic habits established in Third Grade.

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