Third Grade

In third grade, children start putting the learning pieces together to take on more complicated assignments. As they continue to apply the basic skills they learned in first and second grade, they begin to do some work more independently than in previous years. The third-grade curriculum focuses on learning about the world around us and becoming experts on different topics in the curriculum. 

Language & Literacy: Third graders learn what it takes to be a good reader. They have a better handle on what to do when they don’t understand a word or passage, like looking at pictures in a book for clues. They’ll often discuss books in small groups and ask questions about what they’re reading. They’ll summarize and use graphs to organize their thoughts about the books they read. Their teacher will introduce many literary genres and a variety of print forms, such as newspapers, magazines, and Websites. Third graders also learn organizational methods that help them prepare for more complex writing assignments. They’ll create maps, webs, and Venn diagrams to plan their work. They’ll write reports, creative fiction, and personal narratives. They’ll also be asked to take more responsibility for the writing process, including revising, editing, and proofreading. A major change that happens in third grade is the shift from learning to read, to reading to learn. This means that students are using a variety of texts in order to gain an understanding of different topics. Students also learn to become experts through research on different topics such as frogs, wolves, and other exciting things.

Math: Math becomes much more challenging in third grade. Students work with larger whole numbers, multiplication, division, and with fractions. They’ll look at odd and even numbers, and patterns that involve those numbers. They’ll solve and explain addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems. Students are asked to do more math work on paper and in their heads, instead of with physical materials. There are many new and challenging concepts that students are introduced to and they have the chance to practice them in our classroom and during our math intervention time. During this time, the students work with teachers across the grade to get help in the areas that they need it most and use computer programs to get extra practice.

Science: Science investigations become much more detailed in third grade and the students begin to learn a lot more about the scientific method. Students explore more complex topics, such as living systems, like the food chain, the water cycle, and how to conduct an experiment.. They’ll learn about landmasses and bodies of water, and how to identify them on a globe or map. They’ll begin to investigate different states of matter such as solids, liquids, and gases.

Social Studies: Third grade social studies lessons begin to expand children’s view of the world. Students learn about communities around the world and their cultures. They will also learn about federal, state, and local government and what each one is responsible for. They'll study how methods of travel and communication have changed throughout time, and in different regions. 

Students in third grade can expect to learn a lot, be challenged every day, and work hard. We also go on a lot of fun field trips and explore exciting concepts in the classroom. Students at this level focus on peer relationships, how to maintain them, and how to respectfully communicate with each other. Students are expected to consistently show respect to everyone in the school, including students and teachers. This helps students learn to be responsible for their own actions and understand both the positive and negative consequences of their actions.


Physical Education: Physical education is an essential part of any K-4 curriculum. Our students are exposed to a wide variety of activities and games that will help promote lifelong physical activity. They are also taught how to display good sportsmanship. In our K-4 physical education program, there is an emphasis placed on effort and attitude rather than winning and losing. K-2 students are exposed to basic motor skills as well as the basic skills needed to play different activities. 3rd and 4th graders are taught more complex skills with an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and communication. 

Art: The Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary visual arts curriculum helps students understand how media, technique, and process are used to create works of art, and how artworks are structured. The goal of each project is to introduce students to the basic elements of art. Each project discovers: how to identify, analyze, and select subject matter, how symbols are used for personal and cultural expression, and how historical and cultural contexts provide meaning for works of art.

Support Services:

Special Education: Special Education is not a place, it is a service. The goal is to provide all students with a disability the services necessary for success in the least restrictive classroom environment. Special Education teachers provide accommodations and modifications to the grade level curriculum to help all students be successful. Special Education Teachers push-into classrooms to provide services. They also pull students out for resource groups that target specific skills and behaviors. 

ENL - English as a New Language Program: The goal of the English as a New Language Program is to ensure English Language Learners acquire and develop English proficiency through rigorous curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, and social/emotional support. Languages and cultures of ELLs are respected and valued while learning about and becoming part of American culture.

Title 1 Reading and Math Intervention: The reading and math intervention team consists of specialized teachers in literacy and mathematics. They provide academic support for all classrooms in the school. This may include both small group instruction and additional integrated instruction. Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary uses Accelerated Math, Leveled Literacy Intervention Program, and STAR assessments to help fill in any gaps students may have.  Our goal is to challenge students to overcome their learning obstacles and help each student feel empowered and capable in their education.

Third Grade Supply List

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Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-469-9404
Fax: 315-469-9408

SAS Middle School

200 West High Ter. Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315-487-5986
Fax: 315-487-5824

SAS High School

1001 Park Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-428-8997
Fax: 315-428-9109


1409 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475


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