Third graders become independent learners. They learn through active, tangible experiences, and are able to work independently. Third graders are beginning to see the written word as a source of information. Their energy seems boundless, but it can also be their greatest challenge, as their attention span may not match their enthusiasm for taking on new tasks. Friendships become extremely important at this age, as children long to be part of a group.
Becoming increasingly self-aware. Fourth graders are often self-motivated and able to work independently. Additionally, they are eager to work in groups and understand the opinions of others.
Fifth graders are excited about learning and capable of in-depth discussions and investigation. Increased independence and improved problem-solving skills are also characteristics of this age.