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Transcript of 3rd Grade
In third grade, children are beginning to use the basic knowledge and skills that they have learned and apply it to more independent and difficult tasks and assignments. They are more confident and excited about new experiences. Friendships will become more important at this age and they will also begin to feel badly about themselves when they think that they have failed.
In this period, a third grader's attention span increases. Eye-hand coordination and motor skills improve during physical development. They are full of energy. Children who are physically active on a regular basis, are reported to have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem than an inactive child.
fine motor movement activities include working with scissors, color pencils, markers, etc.
writing cursive can include fine motor movement practice.
Learning about the human body;
students can learn how exercise helps the body stay in shape.
Heads Up Seven Up Game: physical activity that promotes motor skill movement.
Children are rapidly growing during this period of their lives. Their vocabulary and attention span both increase. Also, they have more respect and/or knowledge for classroom rules. In third grade students begin to work more independently during the day, and this can be a hard adjustment for some students.
Watching educational videos;
since their attention span is longer they can sit and watch something interesting over a lesson.
students can plan by creating a web before writing.
In third grade, most children have to take the STAAR for the first time in their lives. They are taught to read selected articles, comprehend them, and answer questions. They are also taught to multiply and divide for the first time.
-Increased problem solving
-Children are more willing to relearn material instead of becoming frustrated and quitting.
-Increased interest in natural science (the world around them).
-Can use concrete operations/sequence of events
-Can mentally break apart problems/separate variables
-Become less egocentric
During this period, third graders begin to develop friendships and friend circles. They realize that other's feelings and thoughts differ from their own. They can evaluate their own abilities and also evaluate the abilities of their peers. This social skill is important because children acquire the ability to see what others strengths are apart from their own and encourage improvement.
students work together to help each other improve their writing through critique.
students will enjoy being part of a group to evaluate each others abilities.
Along with physical, cognitive, and social development third graders are learning how to communicate with others, work in groups, and how to solve problems. These students are becoming more aware of themselves, conflict, their emotions, and how to control their actions and emotions. It is important that the adults in the students lives are being positive role models, guiding them through solving problems and influencing emotional growth.
Children start to develop perspective and are able to imagine what other people are thinking and feeling. This awareness influences self and other's view of each other. They now understand that other people's needs are important as well. Their morals are developing and they are understanding the difference between right and wrong and why you do the right thing.
Having conversations on what their interest are with a parent and the parent listening intently.
A parent or teacher asking them questions that get them to think in order to answer. Playing board games that require thinking like scrabble or taboo for kids.
Playing hopscotch for balance and any type of sport where they need to kick, swing, throw, or run like kickball, football, basketball, or soccer.
Perry, N. & Woolfolk, A. (2015).
Child and adolescent development
. Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
1. Why do you think that encouraging social development is important for third graders?
2. How does each development affect the student in their later years?
3. Is it important for a parent or guardian to be involved in the child's life at this age group? Why or why not?
4. Based on our presentation what other types of activities do you think would work in the classroom for this age group?
5. Do you think that it's possible to incorporate all four developments within one lesson/activity? If so, please provide an example/idea.