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Help! What do I do with third graders!

May 22, 2013 12:14pm

I've taught middle school for thirteen years (Language Arts, social studies, art, and some science). I'm being moved to third grade this fall. I need all the advice I can get (especially math). My school is small (only one class per grade).

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • 3-5
  • Assessment / Behavior / Class Culture / Common Core / Differentiation / Engagement / Planning


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    • May 23, 2013 10:44am

      I would start by looking at the Common Core standards for third grade math, just to see what students will need to know by the end of the year. That will give you a good start. Once you have a sense of the standards, I bet your 13 years of teaching experience will allow you to adapt a lot of what you have. Also, touch base with the teacher who are taking over for and see if he/she is willing to share. It's best not to reinvent the wheel.

      Good luck,

      • May 26, 2013 4:16pm

        I am almost in the same bought. I have taught at the middle school for 4 yrs and 5 yrs of five prior to middle school. I was told a week ago they would like to move me to third grade think I would be a great asset. I did teach kindergarten and first grade before but it's been nine yrs. I understand completely what you are going through. I'm a little distracted by it all. We can be great helpers to one another.
        Best of luck.

        • Jun 9, 2013 11:34am

          Determine how many manipulatives you have at your access. Third graders still think concretely. If you have a class computer, let fact drills become your reward. Use a timer so everyone rotates in during the week. I use a timer for seatwork. Students love the challenge. See if you can get a handle on what is tested on Standardized testing and work backwards. Definitely talk with 2nd and 4th grade teachers for information on standards and types of testing.

          • Jun 20, 2013 8:33pm

            Taught third grade for the first time last year, and my biggest goal for this year is WRITING!! I seriously took it for granted (came up from first grade) and I feel like I didn't give them the writing practice and experience they deserved. At this point in their education, third graders are more than capable of putting ideas down on paper and organizing it into a cohesive composition. Sadly, I failed to realize this until late in the year. I also agree with Joan, do lots of hands on centers and activities. They love it!