3rd Grade News
Welcome to our 3rd Grade News Page where you'll find curriculum information, important dates, helpful information for parents, news you can use and games and sites for students.
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News You Can Use...
LINKS FOR PARENTS...
- Tips for Parents of 3rd Graders
- Motivating Kids to Read
- Choosing Good Books
- Seasonal Ideas
- Reading Checkup for Developing Readers
- Tips and Tricks from Reading is Fundamental
- Get Ready to Read!
- The Children's Literature Web Guide
- Top Ten Math Websites
LINKS FOR STUDENTS...
- Storyline Online
- Discovery Kids
- Book Adventure
- MAP Reading Practice Site
- MAP Math Practice Site
Your child takes the MAP assessment in third grade. The MAP reading results indicate your child's lexile level. Click on the following link to learn about lexile levels and how to help find books at your child's reading level.
Also, this link offers parent-friendly information regarding MAP testing.
Information Regarding Spelling in Third Grade
Students in grades 1-5 follow the spelling program "Words Their Way." This sequential word study program challenges each individual student by having them focus on the spelling words appropriate for their own level and also allows students to progress through the spelling levels at their own speed. New words are practiced every week through a variety of fun sorting and writing activities and are then reviewed each Friday with a weekly test.
WHAT IS A WORD STUDY?
Word study is just what it sounds like – a study of words. Students are assessed throughout the year and placed into groups based on their current spelling ability. Students move through weekly word study patterns and activities during the week with a word sort test on Fridays. Students lists will be on a word study PATTERN (example – how prefixes uni-, mono-, -bichange the meaning of a word OR how to add suffixes such as -ion and -ian to base words ending in -t and -ic.) The quiz on Fridays will be on the pattern from that week with 10 -20 words being called aloud as students write them. Word Sorts focus mainly on prefixes and suffixes and root words, what they mean, how they affect the meaning and the spelling of words. They become very complex.
WHY A "WORD STUDY" INSTEAD OF A "TRADITIONAL" SPELLING PROGRAM?
Research studies clearly indicate that memorization of lists of "spelling words" does not promote the development of spelling skills. In the past when we’ve used this traditional approach of "everyone gets the same weekly list and test on Friday", many students who got a 100% on their spelling test could not spell most of the words in their writing! Memorizing a list of words and getting 100% on weekly tests does not necessarily mean your child is a good speller. It may just mean they are good at memorizing words for a test.
WHAT ARE THE STUDENTS DOING IN CLASS?
Students will compare and contrast words by sound to categorize similar sounds. This helps them associate certain sounds with letters, syllable patterns, and spelling conventions. Spelling patterns help students to recognize similar patterns in related words in their reading. This increases their ability to identify and understand more complex words in their independent reading. Students learn to categorize words and word parts by meaning and parts of speech.
WHAT ABOUT HOMEWORK?
Here are some suggestions for practicing the words at home...
- Sort the words- Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Have your child explain why the words are sorted in those particular categories. Have your child sort the words again, but his time it should be done quickly.
- No Peeking Sort - Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud to your child. Have your child tell you what category the word belongs in without SEEING the word. Lay down the word in the category your child identifies, but give them a chance to change their mind. Repeat if needed for more difficult words.
- Word Hunt- Assist your child in doing a word hunt. This involves your child looking for words in a familiar book, magazine, newspaper that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Try to find 2-3 words for each category.
- Blind Writing Sort - As you call out the words in a random order, your child should place them in the correct sorting category. For misspelled words, you should repeat as needed until they are spelled correctly.
The third grade teachers at Schiesher incorporate "brain breaks" for their students throughout the school day. Click here to watch video clips and read articles about why "brain breaks" are so important for learning.