Homework concepts for third graders include reading comprehension, multiplication, division, problem solving and science research. Primary purposes of homework for third graders include reinforcing what the students learned in school that day and developing the necessary skills to work independently, such as time management. A standard amount of time for homework in the third grade is about 45 minutes per night.
Reading homework typically includes reading an assigned book or one the student chooses. Teachers may require students to keep a reading log and read for a minimum amount every day, such as 15 to 20 minutes. Other reading homework includes reading aloud, which develops reading skills, and tests on the material, which help with comprehension.
Third grade is when students usually learn about multiplication and division. Math homework focuses on these concepts and the relation between the two. Problem solving, which requires students to show their work in solving a math problem, is also common starting in third grade.
Science classes and homework vary depending on the school, but science at the third grade level often involves students observing and learning about the outside world. Homework may include planting something outside or experimenting with the speed of different objects.
Homework should be long enough to reinforce concepts, without causing frustration in the students. One way to avoid frustration is by only requiring the student to do homework for a certain amount of time, whether the homework is completed or not. Parents can sign the homework to indicate that the student put in the minimum amount of time.