The essentials: how to teach 3rd grade math

reviews reading và writing curricula for third grade, including what to lớn expect và how to tư vấn learning.
The Guide lớn 3rd Grade: Reading and Writing
Your child has mastered the fundamentals in 1st grade & 2nd grade, and is now ready lớn thrive through 3rd grade! But it’s not just another year: This grade is a very important time in your child’s education, because it’s when students transition from what are often known as the “lower grades” to lớn the “upper grades.” It is a crucial period in students’ learning as they become more independent and mature learners.

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In 3rd grade, students progress from practicing basic skills lớn mastering them, & move on khổng lồ develop more complex skills. 

Read on for what khổng lồ expect this year, and shop all books & resources for third grade at The Store. 

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Reading in 3rd Grade 

After mastering literacy skills in earlier grades, 3rd graders become better & more independent readers. Third grade reading focuses on teaching kids how lớn think & talk about what they read in deeper & more detailed ways. Students read longer texts, và most read fictional chapter books.

Many reading lessons in 3rd grade are dedicated lớn writing và talking about the meanings, lessons, and important ideas in texts. Third graders are encouraged lớn develop their own points of view about books they read, and to discuss their ideas about a text or characters. Series books are important in 3rd grade, because they allow students lớn make connections between different books và talk about how certain characters develop. As 3rd graders explore a greater range of books and longer texts, they become more fluent readers và learn lớn read, define, & pronounce complex words.

To build reading skills, your 3rd grader:

Reads multi-syllable & grade-appropriate, irregularly spelled words (ask your child’s teacher for a list of these words).Reads grade-level text with appropriate pace, accuracy, expression, and understanding.Self-corrects mistakes và re-reads when necessary.Talks about and answers questions about a text using specific examples from the text & connects different parts of a text.Reads a variety of texts including, fiction, non-fiction, fables, & poetry, và understands và talks about their main ideas và lessons.Begins to understand the difference between literal & non-literal text such as metaphors và analogies.Uses the text và context lớn determine the meaning of words.Is able to express their own point of view about characters or a text.Makes comparisons between books written by the same author & books in series that are about the same characters.

Third Grade Reading Activities

Get Serious About Series: Find a series that interests your child và begin lớn read it together. You can read to your child, your child can read to you, or they can read a chapter independently. You can even interview each other as you read — ask about main ideas, events, và thoughts you each have about the books & characters.

Look It Up: When your child encounters a word they don’t know the meaning of, look up the meaning together. Use a grade-appropriate tool lượt thích the Children’s Dictionary — or you can even keep your own family dictionary, recording words and their definitions. Use the word yourself, or encourage your child to lớn use that word in a sentence sometime during the day.

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Learn About an Author: As your child develops favorite authors, look online for that author’s website. They can thư điện tử or write a letter to lớn the tác giả (under your supervision).

Writing in 3rd Grade

Third graders continue khổng lồ practice writing the pieces they learned to vì chưng in 2nd grade, but now also write longer ones with more detail. What’s more, 3rd graders learn increasingly sophisticated language, using phrases & terms khổng lồ provide examples và make connections within their writing.

More time is spent on planning, revising, and editing texts in 3rd grade — and as a result, your child learns the “writing process” authors go through. Students may spend a long period of time (say, a few weeks) working on one piece. They also practice writing pieces in shorter periods of time in class and through homework. Third graders continue lớn use & become comfortable with công nghệ as they employ computers for writing pieces và doing research.

To build writing skills, your 3rd grader:

Writes a variety types of texts including:Opinion Pieces: Students introduce their opinions, cảnh báo the reasons for those opinions, & provide a conclusion.Narrative Pieces: Students write about an event, using descriptive details, feelings, & proper order — & ultimately provide a conclusion.Informative/Explanatory Pieces: Students introduce a topic và use facts, definitions, and, if helpful, illustrations lớn further explain the topic, eventually leading lớn a conclusion. Uses terms such as: because, since, for example, also, another, and but to elaborate on and make connections in their writing. Plans, revises, và edits their writing, going through the same process that most writers do.Uses digital tools (under the guidance of the teacher) to lớn publish their writing and interact and communicate with others.Begins lớn take notes & do research for short research projects.Spends various amounts of time writing a piece, ranging from a short period of time (such as 30 minutes) khổng lồ working on one piece over the course of a few weeks.

Third Grade Writing Activities

Write About Your Lives: When your family experiences an enjoyable or important moment, you và your child can write about it together in a narrative piece. Describe the events that occurred using details and emotion, then send the piece lớn family members or friends to giới thiệu the sự kiện and the writing.

Get Technical: Help your child use a computer to research a topic or communicate with friends and family. Your third grader can also use the computer to write their own pieces or pieces you write together.

Learn How to bởi Something New: Pick something fun you & your child want lớn learn how to do, like drawing cartoons. Research the topic online or in a book together & create an informative piece, explaining the subject. You can then do the project yourselves or teach another family thành viên or friend using the piece you and your child wrote.

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