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    The Nelson Mandela Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School staff welcomes your child to Third Grade. Third grade is a transitional year designed to provide a stimulating atmosphere in which each child can be enthusiastic about learning, acquire knowledge and skills, and work towards becoming an independent thinker. Children are supported in their academic growth by teachers who recognize and accommodate individual needs and learning styles. The goal of the third-grade program is to develop each child's academic, physical and aesthetic potential, while nurturing social and emotional growth.


    The average eight-year-old is excitable, dramatic and inquisitive. Children at this age can begin to assume more responsibility for their actions. This is approximately the age children experience a shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

    To build reading skills, your 3rd grader:

    • Reads multi-syllable and grade-appropriate, irregularly spelled words (ask your child’s teacher for a list of these words).
    • Reads grade-level text with appropriate pace, accuracy, expression, and understanding.
    • Self-corrects mistakes and re-reads when necessary.
    • Talks about and answers questions about a text using specific examples from the text and connects different parts of a text.
    • Reads a variety of texts including, fiction, non-fiction, fables, and poetry, and understands and talks about their main ideas and lessons.

    As they become more proficient readers, third graders can think about the deeper meanings in stories, expand their vocabulary and gather new information from books. As writing becomes easier for them, they begin to use it to clarify and extend their understanding of what they read. Likewise, they use discussion to find meaning in what they read. Conversations about their understandings and what they want to know more about happen more easily and require more teacher guidance yet occur with less leading by the teacher.

    To build math skills, your 3rd grader:

    • Gains the skills to do mental math
    • Multiplies two-digit numbers
    • Divides two-digit numbers
    • Understands, compares and identifies fractions
    • Interprets charts and graphs

    In third grade, students will take the New York State assessments in ELA and Mathematics. Please note the dates for these assessments in the school calendar. More information regarding these assessments will be distributed before the exam dates and information can also be obtained by visiting www.engageny.org

    Third Grade Team:

    Ms. Ambrosio



    Mrs. Ranellone



    Mrs. Tucci (Reading Specialist)



    Mrs. Chiltern