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5 Incredible Things You'll Learn in Third Grade

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You Decide What It Means!
Critical thinking and analysis become an everyday part of education in third grade.
Critical thinking and analysis become an everyday part of education in third grade.
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In school, especially in the early grades, most questions have one correct answer. Which graph entry shows the highest number of points in the game? Does the main character have red hair or brown? How many moons does Earth have?

In third grade, things get more interpretative. Your child will be encouraged to use a lot more reasoning, perspective and analysis. In math, your child will be asked to interpret the results, not just read them: What does this graph tell you about scoring points? What do you think was going through the main character's head when she fell off her bike? If there were creatures living on the moon, what would they look like, and why?

When there's more than one right answer to a question, thinking is required, and that's a tremendous third-grade lesson: Sometimes, it's you who decides what it means, shows or requires. If you can back it up, it's right!

And finally, another eye-opener that will change how your child experiences life and knowledge.


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