Third-grade students at our school are the best, and my students are even better! Why are they so great? They are inquisitive, and like to get the big picture of how they fit into the world around the. They feel so grown up, but they still believe in becoming ninjas, royalty, and land on mars.
Third grade is one of the most challenging years, but my students are excited to meet that challenge!
They are expected to begin using their initial skills and knowledge from earlier grades to make sense of math, reading, and apply it to the world around them. My students meet the challenges of third grade with excitement and the desire to share their understanding with technology, speaking, and writing.
Students are able see the locations mentioned in informational text and stories from the perspective of their state, country, and in the world. They love to find different cities and states they know from their relatives and places they have visited in their lives.
Technological devices are great, but sometimes we need another visual representation of the world around us.
The maps can be supplemented with resources like Google Earth or map apps, but this physical representation helps students gain perspective of their location in the great big world around them.
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