Third grade is a year of new beginnings. Students experience increased responsibility in different forms: They have planners in which they must write assignments; perform jobs for chapel service each morning; remain in school for a longer day; and they use computers to complete assignments. In social studies, they explore themes in geography and culture. Studying human origins, they investigate early human migration, tools, and social structures. Additionally, they study early civilizations of North and Central America, including a field trip to a Native American village to deepen their understanding of some of these cultures. To conclude their year, each student studies one of the 50 states day, which culminates with the States Museum project and States Tasting Day, where they sample foods from around the country. In math, they continue with computation skills, model building, and more complex problem-solving. The primary focus is on the new topic areas of multiplication, division, and fractions. Reading class focuses on teaching students to read literature and nonfiction more closely and to respond to their reading in discussion and writing. In Writing Workshop, students continue to use the writing process to author a variety of both narrative and expository texts. Music and visual art in third grade are connected with the social studies curriculum. Science continues to build in its complexity as students study, among other subjects, physics and the atmosphere.