Language Arts in Grade III

A set of B-VIII Grade standards provides the framework for our work in language arts. Below are listed some of the goals we have for third grade students in Language Arts.
  • Read grade level text fluently and with adequate phrasing and expression 
  • Choose books at an appropriate level for independent reading 
  • Summarize main points from fiction and informational text 
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion 
  • Make inferences and predictions 
  • Use a variety of sentence structures to enhance writing 
  • Use dialogue in narrative writing 
  • Use conventional spelling and punctuation in written work

Students work daily on decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, and other language skills. They use a variety of literature appropriate to the age and skill level of the group. Vocabulary development occurs within the context of the literature.

Partial Bibliography: Bulla, The Chalkbox Kid; Creech, Love That Dog; Gardiner, Stone Fox; Davidson, Helen Keller; MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall; DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie; Lin, Year of the Dog; Roop, Goodbye for Today; Wells, Mary on Horseback; Ryan, Riding Freedom; White, Charlotte’s Web; Buck, The Big Wave; Lensey, Yang, the Youngest and His Terrible Ear; Schlein, The Year of the Panda; Hesse, The Music of Dolphins; Hill, The Year of Miss Agnes; Richler, Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang; Walsh, The Green Book, Steig, Amos and Boris; Walter, Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Across the curriculum third graders experience many opportunities to practice their writing. Students are expected to plan, draft, revise, and edit. Projects include personal narratives, letters, reading responses, poetry, mathematics explanations, research reports, and whaling biographies and journals. Students are taught conventional sentence structure and the rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Students use laptop computers for some of these writing projects. Third graders are also introduced to the cursive alphabet.

The third grade program emphasizes phonics and the recognition of word patterns and syllables. We teach and reinforce spelling rules and generalizations through small group work, games, dictations, writing assignments, and weekly quizzes.
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