The third grade classroom is beginning to look like a typical elementary school classroom. Desks can be arranged in many ways – in groupings to allow collaborative learning or individually to promote individual achievement, or a combination of both to serve the needs of learners. Third graders are much more mature than early grade students. They know their letters. They read more complex materials with plots that are more in depth and interesting. They can read poetry and begin to understand symbolism, irony, metaphors, and similes. They can discuss ideas and present their own ideas as arguments.