Third graders are an interesting bunch—they’re not little kids anymore, but they’re still learning so much about the world around them. Support your the learning happening in your classroom with an environment that is warm and welcoming. We’ve created this list of inspirational third grade classroom ideas to spark your imagination!
1. Turn readers into leaders
This incredible library area reminds kids of how books can change their lives.
2. Have a growth mindset
Encourage kids to push past their limits and reach higher every single day.
3. Be organized, have priorities
The right decor can help kids know how to find what they need, whether it’s math supplies or quick reminders to work hard and show kindness.
4. Let’s talk about math
These fun prompts help students find their words when tackling tough topics.
5. It’s in the pocket
Clear, reusable pockets make it simple to swap out topics and keep things fresh.
6. The cozy and colorful library
Plush pillows, a warm rug, and fun lighting make this a cool little library.
7. It’s okay to brag (sometimes)!
Show some pride and let them know how you feel about your third-grade classroom!
8. Put English and Math in the corner
Connecting your reading and math anchor charts in a single, fun corner can be a great option for smaller classrooms.
9. Sometimes less is more
Look at this bright, clean classroom! Also, did you notice what this teacher did with the clock?
10. Gather and grow together
Create a gathering spot as the heart of your classroom.
11. Small investments, big changes
Bargain hunting can pay off when you know how to combine the right items.
12. Huddle around the campfire
You can’t build a real campfire in your classroom, of course, but you can recreate some of its charm—and warmth! Plus check out our other ways to include a campfire theme.
13. The power of positivity
Help students remember that their actions and attitudes can impact someone else’s day.
14. Make reading irresistible
Who wouldn’t want to stand in front of this gorgeous library for hours?
15. Simple seating for all
Add some cushions to overturned milk crates to a folding chair and you’ve got more seating options without breaking the bank! Plus other flexible seating options.
16. Clever and cheesy for the win!
Remind kids that “sticking together” has more than one meaning!
17. Create a focal point
By framing the whiteboard, it will help draw your students’ attention!
Plus check out the ultimate checklist for setting up your third grade classroom.
If these ideas inspired you, join our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group and come talk with the very teachers who suggested them!