• Third grade is a pivotal year for your child. Learning to read with fluency and confidence will serve as a foundation for the reading demands in later grades. By practicing with learning-to-read strategies, your child will reliably be able to make sense of multi-syllable words in books. He or she will come to appreciate that words have meanings that are not literal (e.g., a piece of cake) and have relationships to other words (e.g., company and companion).  Recognizing and understanding words will help your child read increasingly challenging stories and books and build knowledge about the world around him or her.  Research shows that a child should read a book on their level for at least 20 minutes per day.

    Here is a look at what your child will be working on in 3rd grade: 
    • Reading closely to find main idea and supporting details in a story
    • Describing the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in stories (e.g., first, second, third; cause and effect)
    • Comparing the most important points and key details presented in two books on the same topic
    • Writing opinions or explanations on group related information and develop topics with facts and details
    • Identify details and clear sequences of events that describe the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters
    • Independently conducting short research projects that build knowledge about various topics
    • Asking and answering questions about information he or she hears from a speaker or while participating in classroom discussions, offering appropriate elaboration and detail that build on what others have said
    • Reading stories and poems aloud fluently, without pausing to figure out what each word means
    • Distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words, such as something's fishy and cold shoulder
    • Structurally analyzes prefixes, suffixes and abbreviations
    • Expanding vocabulary and Spelling correctly (consulting dictionaries to clarify meanings of words)
    • Work towards a third grade benchmark reading fluency goal of 123 WPM by the end of the school year




    Websites connected to curriculum:

    Reading Street textbook:

    Scholastic Book Wizard to look up lexile level on books:


    Reading Links:

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