Third Grade - Phonics and Reading 

In the third grade, your child will continue learning consonant and vowel blends, digraphs, double vowels, diphthongs, compound words and syllables, prefixes, and suffixes. Again, using this 61-lesson website will be useful.

Measuring your child’s reading fluency and accuracy

At the beginning of each year, you will want to test your child’s attention span.

  • Start by having her choose some high-interest reading material. 
  • Make note of the time, and perhaps, sit and read something yourself. 
  • Note how long she is able to sit focused on the reading. 
  • When she stops reading and starts talking, mark the time.
  •  Later you may ask her, why she stopped reading. 
  • Was it because she became confused by the vocabulary?
  •  Try to redirect her interest for a couple more minutes if possible.

Testing reading comprehension skills

Get an entire set of 3rd grade reading comprehension worksheets here. You should read the story ahead of time, and be prepared to ask questions.

Parents, remember to be patient with this process, but also remember that evaluating reading material is very important to improving comprehension. 

If your child gets frustrated by all these questions, then, it is really too much, too fast.

Above all, you want to show an interest in her and learn what she thinks about what she is reading, so only give her books that are worthy of her time.

A worthwhile books contains gentle truths in it that people have found meaningful over many decades.

Measuring reading levels

This is the beginning of your child reading books and short stories that have depth to them, so you want to gently begin building a dialogue with her about what she reads. You can help improve her reading comprehension by asking these questions: (Accept the answers that your child offers.)

  • Based on the title, what do you think the story will be about?
  • What is the character’s name?
  • What is going on with the main character?
  • What does the character look like? (description and reinforcing knowledge of adjectives)
  • Where does the story take place? (a desert? , a certain time period?, the forest?)
  • What is the problem (conflict) that the character is facing?
  • Do you think the character will be able to resolve this conflict?
  • How you think the character will try to solve this problem? (The main character is the protagonist of the story, so the character will always choose an honorable way of solving this conflict.)
  • Do you think this is the best way to solve this?

While this could sound more like drilling, this really is just a range of questions that she will need to be able to answer eventually. Your goal for now is to simply get your child to talk about her reading.


Eventually these actions will provide the opportunity to have serious discussions about eternal truths presented in literature as your child grows older. A third grade Lexile level (mid-50 percent) is between 330 and 700.

Third Grade Science Lessons

Here is  the www.education.com website where you can choose different science activities. These free science experiments are categorized as physical science, earth and space science, life science, and nature activities. 

As your child gets older, you can have her keep her own science notebook to build vocabulary and take notes about scientific procedure. These activities help her build her critical thinking  and organization skills. 

Parents should keep track of the completed experiments in each category. Doing so will help you see which areas of science your child prefers. 

Measure sound waves glass experiment

Third Grade - English and Spelling 

This year, your third grader will study compound sentences, as well as review her parts of speech. This is easily done by diagramming sentences. Remember, diagramming the basic structures of sentences will help your child learn subjects and predicates and will ultimately improve her writing skills. Learning the17 comma rules punctuation rules for commas and all the 17 rules of capitalization will take up the school year. Here is the third grade spelling list.

Handwriting

This year your child will work on the uppercase cursive letters.


Math 

Your third grade child will begin to memorize all the multiplication table through 11’s, and continue to practice multiplication and division. If she can learn the 12’s that’s good, but next year the multiplication table from one’s through twelve’s.

Various aspects of basic, simple fractions, geometry, graphing, decimals, and reading word problems are also part of third grade math. Get some excellent 3rd grade math worksheets here. 


12 x 2 = 24       12 x 3 = 36        12 x 4 = 48        12 x 5 = 60


 History

This is an large website that provides a wide range of topics about American life. I would like to recommend study from the time of forming the Constitution (1785 to the Louisiana Purchase) Topics such as immigration, westward settlement and the new states that were added to the Union could be covered.

Studying about the heroism of individual explorers, inventors, and statesmen, and women’s contribution will give your third grade child an appreciation of the type of persons and character that built America. Original, primary source documents can be found here. 

Click on this link to read American folklore stories by each state. To keep within the confines of 1785 to 1803, study the folklore of the 13 original states and those admitted to the Union during this time. Studying these characters can include drawing them as part of an art component.

Third Grade - Art 

Since a third-grader is about eight years old, I thought I’d share a website where your child can learn to draw cartoons .

Remember, though art is a very important aspect of development and deserves its own time. Music and drama are also included in the art category.

Learning more about various music composers and periods also is important, so whenever concerts or free downloads of music become available, make sure that is a part of her learning experience also.

 

 Physical Education and Health

Make sure that your child receives a total of one hour of aerobic exercise each day. As always document the type of activity, and keep it in your child's file. 

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