3rd grade is an exciting time for your child. 3rd graders are developing from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” This transition requires hard work, but the results are well worth the effort. This letter will help you understand the routines of our 3rd grade classroom.


  • Weekly reading tests monitor how well your child understands the weekly story as well as the skills taught that week. We will have two reading tests.

  • The Selection Test will ask questions about the main story and vocabulary words. (Given Thursday)

  • The Weekly Assessment will ask your child to read a short story and answer questions about the story based on the skills taught that week. (Given Friday)

Grammar/Language Arts

  • Grammar tests will be given on Friday. They will cover the skill studied during the week. To help your child study, review class work pages your child brings home in their binder.

  • We will have a weekly writing project that is completed in class.


  • Tests (100 points) will be given on Thursday. The spelling list will be in your child’s binder.

  • Workbook pages may also be graded at various times.


  • Tests (100 points) will be given after each chapter.

  • Homework and classwork will be graded at times. Please check and initial your child’s math homework each night.

  • Addition facts should be mastered by the end of the first nine weeks. We use a program called daily in the classroom. Your child may also access this program at home to practice math facts.

  • Multiplication facts should be mastered by the end of the 3rd grade. We will also use Xtramath to practice these facts.

Science and Social Studies

  • Tests (100 points) Tests will be given after each chapter is completed. Your child will have a study guide to help them study for the test. Teachers will give 2 - 3 days notice before tests.

  • Class work grades will be given at various times throughout the grading period.

  • Projects (100 points) We occasionally have projects to be completed at home in science and social studies. (For example students might interview a veteran for social studies or make a poster for science.) Students will be given plenty of time to complete any projects in Science or Social Studies.


  • Each 9 week grading period your child begins with 100 points. Points are deducted for each rule broken.  I will send home a conduct sheet home on Tuesdays along with graded papers from the previous week. Please sign this paper and return it to school the next day.

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