Students in the Third Grade are known for their enthusiasm and an infectious belief that they are capable of anything. This attitude allows them to create dynamic science projects, enjoy field trips, and build elaborate sets to showcase their understanding of a topic. Their interest in the larger world allows them to study countries and share their knowledge with the class. They are even able to take on challenges such as creating a “Bard Bash,” which culminates in a performance of a Shakespearean play.
As they transition from enthusiastic eight-year-olds to nine-year-olds, some social changes begin to occur. Students often become highly competitive, self-aware, and impatient. They can be critical and individualistic. As these social changes occur, the Third Grade classroom becomes a refuge for the nine-year-old. Third Graders are encouraged to work things out with their peers and practice kindness in the classroom. As Third Graders explore the boundaries with social graces and become more self-aware, character education becomes a priority of the classroom. This is a year when we begin to tackle issues of bullying as it links to self-awareness, self-image, and competitiveness.
Third Grade capitalizes on the initial exuberance of the eight-year-old by encouraging group activities and conducting regular group meetings. As the eight-year-old develops some of the well-known characteristics of nine-year-olds, they are able to meet these new challenges in an environment where every voice counts. They feel safe to sometimes play with language and act out social concerns. Eight-year-olds love to push themselves to the limit and explore the world at large. As such, the Third Grade class can oftentimes be found having class outside and enjoys the opportunity to eat lunch outdoors.