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 multisyllabic 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. By the end of the year, your child also will be writing clear sentences and paragraphs on a range of topics, drawing on an expanding vocabulary.
A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Third Grade
Reading closely to find main ideas and supporting details in a story.
Comparing the most important points and key details presented in two books on the same topic.
Writing opinions or explanations that group related information and develop topics with facts and details.
Writing small moment stories that establish a situation and include details and clear sequences of events that describe the actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters
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.
Distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words, such as something’s fishy and cold shoulder.
Spelling correctly and consulting dictionaries to clarify meanings of words.