3rd Grade

  • Third-graders can:

    • Read fluently and enjoy reading 
    • Use a range of strategies when drawing meaning from the text 
    • Use word identification strategies appropriately and automatically when encountering unknown words 
    • Recognize and discuss elements of different text structures 
    • Make critical connections between texts 
    • Write expressively in many different forms (stories, poems, reports) 
    • Use a rich variety of vocabulary and sentences appropriate to text forms 
    • Revise and edit their own writing during and after composing 
    • Spell words correctly in final writing drafts 

    What teachers do:

    • Provide opportunities daily for children to read, examine, and critically evaluate narrative and expository texts 
    • Continue to create a climate that fosters critical reading and personal response 
    • Teach children to examine ideas in texts 
    • Encourage children to use writing as a tool for thinking and learning 
    • Extend children's knowledge of the correct use of writing conventions 
    • Emphasize the importance of correct spelling in finished written products 
    • Create a climate that engages all children as a community of literacy learners

    What parents and family members can do:

    • Continue to support children's learning and interest by visiting the library and bookstores with them 
    • Find ways to highlight children's progress in reading and writing 
    • Stay in regular contact with your child's teachers about activities and progress in reading and writing 
    • Encourage children to use and enjoy print for many purposes (such as recipes, directions, games, and sports) 
    • Build a love of language in all its forms and engage children in conversation


    Reading Tips

    Read every night
    Encourage independent reading
    Ask questions after they finish reading
    Discover new genres 

    Math Tips

    Make math fun in the kitchen
    Apply real world strategies
    Talk with them about what they learn
    Have a reward system 

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3rd Grade

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