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What to expect in third grade

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By Miriam Myers

Physical and social skills you can expect of your third grader:

  • Work cooperatively and productively with other children in small groups to complete projects
  • Understand how her choices affect consequences
  • Become more organized and logical in her thought process
  • Build stronger friendships
  • Be helpful, cheerful and pleasant - as well as rude, bossy, selfish and impatient
  • Better understand the consequences of her behavior
  • Be more influenced by peer pressure because friends are very important at this stage
  • Want and expects immediate rewards for good behavior

Academic skills you can expect of your third grader:

  • Be able to copy from a chalk board
  • Be able to write neatly in cursive because the small muscles of the hand have developed
  • Read longer stories and chapter books with expression and comprehension
  • Use prefixes, suffixes, root words and other strategies to identify unfamiliar words
  • Multiply single and multi-digit numbers (3 x 4,652)
  • Divide multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers (165 / 5)
  • Tell time to the half-hour, quarter-hour, five minutes and one minute

Learn more about where your child should be at the end of second grade.

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