Welcome to Grade Three!

  • Welcome to Third Grade


    My name is Lori Crocker-Lincoln and I am thrilled to be your child's grade three teacher this year. It is my hope as partners in education we we can stay in close communication throughout the year. Please don't hesitate to contact me. You can e-mail me at lcrockerlincoln@eastfordct.org


    It is my hope this academic overview of grade three will provide you with some of the curriculum areas covered throughout the year as well as how behavior management is incorporated into the daily program.



    The grade three Reader's Workshop provides students with a variety of genre study and exploration. Students self select their reading materials ranging from narrative stories, poetry, informational texts such as articles, as well as high quality novels. Students will be instructed in constructing meaning from their reading, developing an interpretation from their reading, as well as taking a critical stance with respect to their reading. 



    Third grade writers will be engaged in a daily Writer's Worshop. The units of study we cover throughout the grade 3 year include the following:

    Crafting True Stories - Narrative

    The Art of Information Writing - Informational

    Changing the World - Opinion


    Cursive writing is also introduced in grade three! Click here to view our cursive alphabet.


    Word Work-

    Third graders will work on grammar conventions, vocabulary development and spelling patterns within this framework. 




     Students working on the grade three mathematical skills focus on the grade 3 common core standards. The concepts of multiplication and division and applying these skills to multi-step word problems including tables and charts are a major focus this year.



    Grade three science is taught by Mrs. Mead. Students travel to Mrs. Mead’s classroom for this instruction time. The following areas of study are explored with a hands-on approach:

            States of Matter Students will explore how matter affects the properties and uses of materials.

            Plants and Animals Students will earn about the processes responsible for life's unity and diversity.

            Rocks Students will uncover how materials cycle through the Earth's systems.

            Earth's Resources How science and technology affect our lives  is thr thrust of this topic.


    Social Studies-  

    Third grade takes part in an extensive exploration of community. Town and local history, especially Eastford, is a major focus as well as the state of Connecticut. 



    Each week grade three participates in a “Second Step” lesson. The three areas of focus include empathy training, impulse control, and anger management. Students also benefit from a “healthy lifestyles” and nutrition unit with Mrs. Lincoln



    Grade 3 students will also travel to their Spanish classroom a couple times each week to meet with Mrs. DePercio for their world language experience.





    The Eastford Technology Curriculum engages students in a variety of computer skills such as file navigation, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, multimedia presentations, related vocabulary, and ethical user topics.


    Classroom Management-

    Grade three utilizes the “Card System” as a tool for behavior management both in the classroom and in other school destinations throughout the day. As each behavior situation arises, students flip a colored card representing a consequence. As illustrated below, this program has a built in parent component whereby if a difficult behavior day occurs, the parent is contacted at that time by both the child and teacher.

    *First warning is verbal…………Green Card

    **Second warning earns 5 minutes away from group……..Yellow Card

    ***Third warning earns 10 minutes away and a reflection sheet ...Red Card

    **** Fourth warning earns a call to parent & the card remains on red.

    ***** Fifth warning earns a trip to the principal with the red card.  


    I do hope this gives you a brief understanding of some of the skills and concepts your third grader will be learning this year. I look forward to an educationally rich year with your child.


                                                 Your Partner in Education,

                                                 Mrs. Lori Crocker-Lincoln




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