- Stop stressing about the testing! I mean it! If you stress about the test, so will your students. What good comes of that? The best testing tip that I can give you is to teach the standards all year while differentiating for your learners. You were going to do that anyway! Every kid won’t get a proficient on the test. That’s ok. They will do their best because you gave them the tools to do so. A wise third grade teacher said, “The test is important, but their futures are more important.” So repeat after me, “The test does not define me or my students.” I’ll wait…
- Read to them! #everyday Read chapter books Read picture books. Introduce them to lots of authors series and genres. One of the greatest joys of third grade is helping students to find their love for reading. I blogged about my very favorite third grade books. Click HERE to see the list.
- Third grade mathematicians still need manipulatives and pictures. Don’t be scared to spend lots of time with base 10 blocks, fraction bars, number lines, etc. Algorithms should not be the focus until students have a very strong grasp on the strategies and meanings behind the skills.
- Third graders still like to be rewarded for positive behavior and academic growth. They are still kids and they like stickers, positive notes, compliments and reward tags. Are you ever too old to like being told that you are rocking it?!
- Plan to spend LOTS of time teaching and practicing rules and procedures at the beginning of the year. If you do, third graders can be very independent! Centers work well in third grade because they have more stamina, focus and independence than the younger grades. Just don’t rush into curriculum without teaching the expectations thoroughly! Click HERE to read about some fun ways too practice routines and grab some freebies!
I love that third graders are able to really dig deep into text! I spend quite a bit of time teaching students to respond to text because I think it leads to huge growth in comprehension. If you click on the blog post below, I share tips for teaching your third graders how to write about text.
As a third grade teacher, you will be spending lots of time teaching multiplication. PLEASE spend tons of time teaching strategies before you ask students to memorize facts! Familiarize yourself with different ways to model or represent multiplication facts. I find that it helps to give third graders several tools and then allow them to use the strategy that works best for them. Check out the post below for a list of my favorite multiplication models.