About Third Grade

In second and third grade, authentic purposes for improving literacy skills arise daily as increasingly complex expedition work picks up momentum and offers more opportunities for crew work. As budding authors and emergent readers, nearly all reading material and writing assignments are now generated by the expedition content. Children write poetry, nonfiction articles about a researched topic, and biographies.

Children’s social skills mature as they take on the dynamics of group work and are able to complete a finished product or a goal. At the same time, teachers expect students at this age to become more independent problem solvers, and by the end of third grade, children are equipped to work in crews or independently. Students continue to build their number sense and learn to apply these skills to solve increasingly complex problems found in the classroom and the world around them, and they learn to communicate their mathematical thinking through drawing, writing, and conversing.

Third Grade


Welcome back to school, 3rd Grade students and families!

The Fall of the 2016-17 school year starts off with a BOOM.  Actually, BOOM...there it is perfectly describes our first Third Grade Expedition.

Rochester is America’s first boomtown.  It practically happened overnight, but what were the contributing factors, and how did this sudden influx of people and ideas work together to create sudden change?  This Expedition the Third Grade class will investigate the unique climate and landscape that influenced farming in the region and the high-yield wheat that drove the wheat markets.  In addition, we will travel the Erie Canal to learn about simple machines and engineering feats that made the canal possible.  Finally, the class will make connections between the many different people that depended on each other as they built and traveled the canal.  Using historic songs, rich literary sources, hands-on scientific investigations, and focused field studies we will learn about Rochester’s boomtown days.


Third Grade
Shannon Hillman - Teacher
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Jeremiah Ditch - Teacher
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Shelby DiRoma - Teaching Assistant

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