Reading Curriculum

Your child will be doing LOTS of reading this year! Your child will read poems, practice sight words, participate in 100 Book Challenge, be grouped for guided reading, and participate in whole group reading instruction. However, your child will not be a great reader without your help. PLEASE read with your child daily! Get excited to listen to them read, talk about what he/she has read, and make it part of your daily routine. If you ever have questions about what levels or types of books your child should read or what questions to ask please let me know and I can help you out!

100 Book Challenge
   This year your child will again participate in 100 Book Challenge where each child brings home books every night. All the books your child bring home must be on their independent level. The books he/she brings home should be able to be read quickly, easily, and with nearly all of the words read with little effort.  
   From September to December students are expected to read for 15 minutes each evening. From January to June students should read 30 miutes daily. You will also need to sign the 100 Book Challenge logsheet daily.

Guided Reading 
   Students are put into groups based on their instructional reading level. While I meet with a group we work on a text that is on their level. As the year progresses guided reading groups can change. While students are not meeting with me they complete centers. Some of my centers include 100 Book Challenge, Sonday System activities, writing on various topics, buddy reading, Zearn, Xtra Math, and Lexia. 

Whole Group Reading 
   All students receive reading instruction on a third grade level. This time is used to model good reading and good reading strategies. When written activities are given they are either completed as a whole group or given on a child's level.

Poetry Binders 
   For this your child needs a 1 inch binder. Once a week we get a new poem. We have holiday poems, rhyming poems, silly poems, math poems, science poems, and much more! Some of my favorites include "Homework Oh Homework, " Spaghetti, Spaghetti," and "There's Something in my Brother's Underpants." Students can take poetry binders home but they must be returned to school daily.
 In all of the reading we do this year we focus on several concepts. These skills are found in our state's standards and eligible content. Here is a break down of what skills your child will focus on in third grade.
*main idea and detail
*compare and contrast
*story elements -
characters, setting, problem/solution, events
*prefixes - un, re, dis, non, mis, pre
*suffixes - full, less, or, ble, ly, ness, ment
*nonfiction text features - glossary, index, table of contents, charts, graphs, fact boxes, bold words, titles, headings, diagrams
*cause and effect relationships
*building background knowledge
*making inferences
*personification and exaggeration
*increase vocabulary
*making connections
*synonyms and antonyms
*fact and opinion
*author's purpose -
entertain, inform, or persuade
   Reading can be tricky for some students. First, students must be able to read the words. Then, they must understand or comprehend what they read. Finally, students need to apply what they know to the story. So, any extra practice you can give your child with applying the concepts above to the stories he/she read would help him/her become a better reader!