The third-grade program emphasizes critical-thinking in reading; in small groups, students read for meaning, gather facts, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Writing expands to include longer pieces of work in both creative and expository writing. In social studies, students study the Hudson River's history and ecosystem; the Lenape tribe that lived in this region; and explorers and industrialists. Their work in mathematics continues to focus on problem solving in single and multi-step word problems, and introduces multiplication, fractions, and geometry. In social studies, literature connects students to people and events in other times and places. In science, students study water: water in the human body; the water cycle; and water usage around the world. Their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) project involves the engineering of towers. Students work with specialized teachers in technology, library, art, music, drama, health, and physical education, as well as for their study of water.
Demetra Caldwell '97
A graduate of Riverdale, Demetra Caldwell is deeply invested in working with children. In 2016, she won Riverdale's Al Davis teaching award.