In many schools, third grade is the first year of formal high stakes testing. Uhg.
So second grade is thought of as an opportunity year, 3rd is a scary year!
If that weren’t bad enough with the students having to worry about maybe failing and being held back, the teachers and schools use the threat of the impending test as a motivational tool for the entire year. Not a pretty situation.
the new standards have made this better since expectations are now clear and more sensible. And there’s tons of great educational materials. Let me pick one area, sound alike words.
Third grade word 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. Here’s a list of what students should know in 3rd grade.
Grade Level: 3rd Grade