Lower School
Third Grade

Third graders’ upstairs move to second-floor classrooms signifies they are growing both literally and figuratively. Your child will bring more mental energy to learning and begin to understand himself as a learner. The third-grade year is crowded with memorable moments, each made possible by the foundational work of morning meetings. 

From a social perspective, the activities in morning meetings forge strong relationships between every member of the class. From a neurological perspective, the games prime students for learning by bathing their brains in oxytocin, the “happy chemical” that tells children’s pre-frontal cortex they are safe. Academically, the third-grade year is an engaging mashup of hands-on, interdisciplinary work. The beloved novel, Charlotte’s Web, introduces students to timeless truths about friendship and how characters (and people) evolve over time. Close to New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, your child will explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) principles by designing and building a device for keeping a balloon aloft.   

If we polled our third graders, the majority would say the study of Greek mythology is the pinnacle of their academic year. You would expect our study of ancient Greece to include reading, writing, and research, but your child will also play math strategy games like Zeus on the Loose and solve math logic puzzles with a Greek twist. He will compete honorably in the ROBS Olympic Games staged by our inventive P.E. teachers. Third graders will create magnificent tapestries of Greek characters to display on Greek Day, when they will rock togas and ivy crowns as they feast on a sumptuous Greek buffet. But third grade is not all fun and games; it’s also a time of growing self-reflection. As third graders participate in parent-teacher conferences for the first time, you will hear your child talk about what drives him as a learner and where his opportunities for growth are. He is starting to take ownership of his education. Your child is learning to learn. 

 


Avid Readers & Writers

Third grade exemplifies the concept of integrated reading and writing. Students enter the exciting world of fairy tales through familiar classics like Cinderella. But soon they are introduced to “fractured fairy tales” like Prince Cinders,...

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Master Mathematicians

We say with a smile that math and reading get married in third grade. Together, they produce word problems! Your third grader will move beyond simple equations and consider how questions of computation, geometry, measurement,...

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Curious Scientists

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, careers in science, engineering, and math are some of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy. Together with healthcare jobs, they comprise more than 15% of U.S....

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Global Citizens

A shift takes place in third grade Social Studies as students begin a more intense focus on History. Using augmented reality to learn about Native Americans, your child will sense that he is walking through...

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Buenos Amigos

Recent research shows learning a foreign language strengthens students’ memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills. Of course, it also helps us connect with other people and cultures. By the third grade, your child will be...

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Inspired Artists

Art is at the very core of our identity as humans. Scientists estimate the earliest cave drawings and primitive musical instruments made of bone and ivory were created more than 40,000 years ago. The arts...

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Spiritual Learners

Studies show that for children, personal religious belief translates into less drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, better sleep quality, lower rates of depression and suicide, and greater hopefulness and life satisfaction. Rooted in our mission,...

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After-school programming

After-school learning at ROBS includes Prime Time, our extended-day program, as well as a variety of enrichment classes offered until 6:00 p.m. each day for Readiness – Grade 8.

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