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Third Grade-Was it sink or swim for your kids?

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September 15th, 2012, 12:14 PM
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I'm curious what kind of teachers your kid has and how do/did they judge the work ?

Were they strict on grammar perfection?

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September 15th, 2012, 11:29 PM
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I'm not really sure what you're asking on how do/did they judge work? Could you explain that a little more?

Yes, for my son and grading things are either right or wrong, spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph structure, etc have always been important and they are graded on it.

But, that's been since K, so, nothing really changed in 3rd grade in particular, except that homework became longer and they started doing book reports that year as well.
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September 16th, 2012, 12:43 PM
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They didn't seem like they were too strict on the grammar. They were mainly focused on reading levels, spelling, and math, just the basics. Her teacher didn't really communicate very well, it was very frustrating.

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September 16th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Third grade was a challenging year for my oldest because it was more work. Harder math where they needed to memorize multiplication facts (she's not fabulous in math anyway). More writing, paragraphs etc.. gearing up for testing So 3rd grade is a transition year because it's moving more towards the intermediate grades and less from the primary grades.
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September 16th, 2012, 02:25 PM
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Was just wondering as Brendan has 19 spelling words,5 vocab words, Mystery State&capital,2 Greek Roots,2 Vocab Cartoons.

He got exit wrong because the E was capital ,sticky wrong due to a messy k that looked like a small big r or a cursive k,math prob wrong due too long comma.

His hardest spelling word autobiography.

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September 16th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Yep, 3rd grade is when they started cracking down on that stuff for my son too. He had 25 spelling words per week, had to do book reports, math, etc. So yeah things definitely started ramping up in 3rd grade and things became more important, punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc. As someone else stated it was a definite transition and is a "milestone' year IMO.

Good luck!
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September 17th, 2012, 09:15 AM
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I honestly don't remember. It's been a few years since 3rd grade for mine and will be a few years until my next hits it. I will tell you that 6th grade is no walk in the park. My son has to go through and be super careful because his teachers will catch anything wrong and you lose points for even just forgetting to put the ' on a word like don't. Or if it's sloppy and she can't make it out easily she just marks it wrong. Tough year!

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