Welcome to 3rd Grade!

  • The Osborn Elementary School staff welcomes your child to Third Grade! Our third grade classrooms promote a climate of trust, love, mutual respect, and responsibility. We foster a love of learning, and encourage students to take risks and feel comfortable in their school environment. Students become increasingly more responsible and independent, academically and socially.  Although children at this time are exploring their new found independence, they still often need reassurance and guidance to encourage their thirst for learning! In Third Grade we strive to make teaching methods authentic as it allows students the opportunity to learn in diverse ways.  Students are accepted for their individual strengths, and are offered the opportunity to collaborate and respect other learning styles.  Everyone can be an expert in third grade!  

    Language Arts

    Third grade is the year when students begin reading to learn, rather than learning to read. Using a workshop model, students start to slow down and read “deeper” and ask thought provoking questions through a variety of genres.  In writing, students will learn and grow as writers with a workshop model.  Third graders produce narrative, informational, explanatory, and persuasive writing pieces.  


    Students use hands-on materials to support their understanding of basic strands in math including geometry, time telling and analyzing data with graphs.

    Learning basic multiplication and division facts and using them to solve multi-step problems is a big part of our curriculum. Group games are often used to make learning fun!


    Our theme for science in third grade is cycles.  Science concepts are inquiry based and encourage hands on experimentation. Third grade students are given opportunities to observe, question, and record their findings for concepts such as plants, water, electricity, and butterfly lifecycles. Students are given additional opportunities to learn through videos, field trips, and in class visits from trained scientists.

    Social Studies

    A major theme in third grade social studies is learning about the interdependence of certain world communities, including the United States, Japan and Brazil. Students will become familiar with cultural and physical geography, and how they affect life on our planet.