“Third Grade Rocks”… Reading is a big focus in third grade. You may have heard people say it’s when kids shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” In preparation, it’s important for kids to master basic “learning to read” skills, such as building vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. It is a very important year for students to flex their math muscles as they dive into multiplication and division. Third graders also practice explaining these concepts by showing how they solved a problem, both out loud and through writing, and begin to study fractions. In third grade, students face all sorts of new school demands. Third grade is a very independent grade. They’re expected to build upon what they’ve already learned in math, reading and writing. And they’re taught new skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Your third-grade teachers this year are Ms. Oliver, Ms. Quashie and Ms. Peterson. We look forward to having a productive and positive school year. Let’s make this school year amazing as we work together to build up OUR students!