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Parent Guide Grade 3

Grade 3
What your child will learn

English Language Arts
Reading Comprehension
• Find important details in a story and tell what the story is mostly about • Determine the main idea and key supporting details when reading • Make predictions and draw conclusions when reading • Distinguish fact from opinion • Understand cause and effect • Retell a story, including the setting, main characters, and all key events • Describe what a story is mainly about using important details • Make predictions and draw conclusions using clues in the text • Tell whether a statement is fact or opinion and why • Explain whether a given event is a cause or an effect • Oral and written retellings of stories • Performances of plays based on stories • Story maps, projects, or charts that show understanding of the story • Have your child read and follow written instructions (i.e., a recipe) • Have your child retell events from a movie, TV show, or story • Take your child to the library to check out books • Read with your child

Reading Fluency
• Use phonics skills to figure out unknown words • Choose books for independent reading • Read high frequency words • Reread familiar stories, poems, or passages to build fluency

Vocabulary
• Continue to learn new words while reading and participating in discussions • Learn word parts (e.g., un-, re-, -ful, -less) to help the reader figure out word meanings • Understand that some words have more than one meaning • Use clues in the story or passage (such as a definition or example) to figure out unknown words • Use word parts (prefixes and suffixes) to help figure out word meanings • Use illustrations, context clues, and the dictionary definition to choose the correct meaning of a multiple-meaning word

Writing
• Writers write for a variety of reasons (to entertain, inform, and persuade) • Use webs, charts, or diagrams to gather ideas for writing • Order ideas for a story into three partsbeginning, middle, and end • Use capital letters and punctuation marks correctly • Write in complete sentences • Find and correct own mistakes • Write paragraphs, letters, journal entries, and descriptions. • Make webs, charts, timelines, and so forth, to organize ideas • Write about personal experiences in an organized manner • Find and correct mistakes, such as misspelled words or errors in grammar • Write a story that a reader can follow easily • Stories and letters that are easy to follow • Webs, charts, timelines, and other prewriting organizers • Drafts of works in progress • A few quality pieces of writing with all mistakes corrected • Make sure your child has the tools he/she needs in order to write • Have your child write a letter to family or friends • Write stories together • Help your child plan a story using a web or chart • Provide a dictionary to help your child edit his/her writing

What your child will do

• Read about 110 words per minute (by the end of the year) • Read correctly and with expression • Read chapter books silently for an extended period of time • Read aloud to entertain others • Participate in discussions about books he/she has read

What you will see (products)

• Poems and passages to read aloud • High frequency word lists to practice • Graphs/charts of words read per minute

• Word maps and drawings to show word meanings • Word lists, such as word parts and their meanings • Vocabulary folders or notebooks

How you can help

• Time your child to see how many words he/she can read in one minute • Read aloud to your child • Encourage your child to read to you and/or siblings • Tape your child while he/she is reading

• Ask your child the meaning of unfamiliar words while you are reading together • Help him/her find clues to the meaning of words • Encourage your child to look for clues by him/ herself •...
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