Third-grade students gain information through reading and listening and then express what they have learned through writing and visually supported oral communication. They continue to express themselves through narrative writing and learn additional modes of expression through descriptive and expository writing. Authentic experiences that integrate reading, literature, writing and language, research and inquiry, and oral and visual communication encourage students to develop self-confidence and assurance in expressing themselves.
These students begin the early phases of transition to abstract thinking; however, they are still primarily concrete learners and are interested in learning tasks that directly relate to their own lives. They continue developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they move into an environment with an increased focus on specific subject-area content.