I’m focused these days on helping teachers and parents and administrators understand the nuances of third grade language arts. I find that its hard but important to really think about the developmental stage of the third graders and how prepared they are for the standards that they will encounter at this grade level.
Each third grader is expected to master reading chapter books which means automaticity with a great deal of vocabulary. Here’s a great resource for third grade spelling word lists.
VocabularySpellingCity offers a wide range of free third grade spelling and vocabulary word lists. Teachers can choose from hundreds of word lists to assign engaging, interactive games in phonics, spelling, or vocabulary. VocabularySpellingCity also provides activities and printable worksheets to supplement the third grade language arts curriculum.
Third grade spelling lists include Dolch and Fry sight word lists; word structure lists (contractions); and VocabularySpellingCity’s beginning spelling curriculum, which is aligned to the research of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Third grade students can practice grade level literacy skills, like compound words, through the use of VocabularySpellingCity’s interactive online games.
Looking forward, third grade is a wonderful time to teach since they have basic literacy skills and are extremely curious yet finally soemwhat analytical. The TEKS, Common Core (CCSS) all seem to recognize this so we’re pleased with the more rigorous standards.