WELCOME TO THIRD GRADE at hilltop School!

Third grade is a pivotal year where responsibilities start to pick up and academics become more challenging. Students will begin to apply the foundational skills they have learned in their previous years at Hilltop to become stronger readers, writers, scientists, and mathematicians. It’s a fun-filled year of exciting new experiences and knowledge.

In third grade, students maintain an Agenda Book that they are responsible for maintaining. It is a place for them to keep track of their homework and school events. Each student also has access to their own individual Chromebook so learning can be presented and accessed in new technological ways. Third graders will be introduced to many more important skills such as multiplication and division. It is a year where reading becomes more in-depth and skill based and students start to develop their own writer’s craft to be able to write longer, descriptive, meaningful passages.

The Third Grade Team is passionate about making each child successful and guiding them to his or her greatest potential. Our team prides ourselves on the commitment to our students and families.

Morning Meeting: Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to build a strong sense of community and to start each day to set children up for success both socially and academically. The class interacts with one another during a greeting, share, group activity, and morning message.

Math: Third grade uses Everyday Mathematics 4 which is a comprehensive program engineered for the Common Core State Standards. Third-grade students are expected to explain their mathematical thinking to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts. You can access Everyday Math at home to review lessons, play games, and print Home Links. Third grade also engages in Math Explorations where students investigate through hands-on activities. Topics include:

  • Math Tools
  • Time
  • Number Stories
  • Graphing & Data
  • Operations
  • Multidigit Operations
  • Measurement & Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Multiplication Strategies
  • Multiplication & Division

Reading: Third grade uses Teachers College Reading Workshop, where there is a shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Students work together in partnerships and small groups to build their reading comprehension strategies across all genres. Read alouds are used as model texts to support learning in the classroom. Some units include:

  • Building a Reading Life
  • Character Studies
  • Reading to Learn
  • Responding to Reading
  • Mysteries

Writing: Hilltop School uses Teachers College Writing Workshop, where students are scaffolded to develop their storytelling abilities. Throughout the year, students work their way continually through the writing process - planning, drafting, revising, editing, and finally publishing. Students use mentor texts to learn about a variety of writer’s craft that they can incorporate to make their own writing unique and interesting. Units include:

  • Personal Narratives
  • Opinion or Persuasive Essay
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Informational Writing
  • Book Reviews
  • Responding to Reading

Science: Third Graders dive deeper into becoming excellent and precise scientists by observing the world around them, asking concrete questions, executing investigations, collecting and analyzing data, and concluding answers. FOSS provides students with the opportunity to work as a whole class, in lab groups, and in partnerships, all the while participating in hands-on investigations, readings, and meaningful class discussions. Units include:

  • Water and Climate
  • Structures of Life
  • Motion and Matter

Social Studies: Social Studies touches on a variety of topics. Some topics include:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communities & Mendham History
  • Map Skills, Geography, & Landforms
  • Economics

Students will also go to Cooper Mill and on a Mendham Walk, where they will learn more about life long ago and how Mendham has changed over time.

Health: Third Grade spends time exploring four different health units: Wellness, Integrated Skills, Drugs and Medicine, and Human Relationships. Over the year, students will touch on topics such as:

  • Benefits of physical activity and nutrition
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Laws governing drugs and medicine
  • Appropriate relationships
  • Abuse
  • Healthy family qualities
  • Decision-making skills that benefit the health of his or herself

Word Study: Third-grade bases the scope and sequence of Word Study on the needs of the classroom. By incorporating elements of Fundations and Words Their Way, students develop and build off of skills taught in previous years. Throughout the school year, we alternate between Word Study (spelling patterns) and Word Up! (a vocabulary building program that uses songs to engage students).