Third Grade is lovingly known at PMFS as “the year of transition” to the upper grades. Third Graders are eager to take their place as members of the upper campus and build a caring and kind community, forming new friendships and connections within their Third Grade community, as well as with their reading buddies. Third Graders are introduced to long-term research projects, public speaking through presentations, and learning to work with increasing independence. Third Graders read and write a lot and intentionally build on learned strategies and skills. Third Graders grow in their mathematical thinking and problem solving and expand their number sense. Third Grade students work in a variety of settings that strengthen their ability to apply creative and critical thinking across the curriculum including in a three-day/two-night trip to The Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Virginia. Third Grade celebrates asking big questions, valuing the process as much as the end product, showing kindness, and being playful.


Area of Study


Third Graders are ready to build on their foundational understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Learn more.

Language Arts

Third Graders actively engage in Language Arts skills through daily reading and writing experiences in paired, small-group, and whole-class settings. Learn more.

Social Studies

Third Graders deepen their global awareness in social studies through a family heritage unit, a project studying ocean animals, and a study of “People Who Made a Difference”. Learn more.


Teaching Third Graders how to take care of themselves and each other is the heart of what happens every day. Learn more.

Central Experiences

Learn more about the International Luncheon, the Ocean Animal Project, the Invention Convention, and Chincoteague Bay Field Station Trip.