In third grade, students begin making the important transition from learning to read to reading to learn. It is therefore essential that students master these basic skills—decoding words, reading text fluently, and comprehending what they read—so that they are ready to move on to more complex skills, such as analyzing a text, thinking more deeply about what they read, and being able to discuss the main ideas.
In math, the focus is on developing an understanding of the concepts behind multiplication and division. Working with objects can help students grasp the idea of combining and separating groups of objects represented by these mathematical operations. They then need to memorize their multiplication and division facts. Students also begin to develop an understanding of fractions, the area of two-dimensional objects.