Third Grade is lovingly known as “the year of transition” to the upper grades at PMFS. 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.

Some Third Grade Central Experiences

International Luncheon – The culmination of a family heritage research project, this luncheon is attended by students and their families. Some Third Graders come dressed in their family’s traditional clothing. Students not only prepare and share a family recipe, they also present family stories to the luncheon guests, in this first formal speaking presentation.

Ocean Animal Project – After in-depth research on an ocean animal, students write an original story that creatively incorporates facts they have learned. They then illustrate, publish, and perform readings of the hard-copy book of their creation to their class and to younger classes on campus. 

Invention Convention – Using Design Thinking strategies, students collaborate to design, and create something that assists with a perceived need. Students display and explain their creations with visiting classes at PMFS and with peers in a lively three-school science convention.


Chincoteague Bay Field Station (three-day experience) – Under the guidance of their teachers and expert CBFS staff, students get unparalleled experience studying the ecosystems of barrier islands, including  lab time and marsh walks.