About Reading

Besides using our reading textbook for reading skills and comprehension, students will explore reading using a variety of different formats.  Some of these include: guided reading, literature circles, reading independently, reading with a partner, listening to reading and journaling about what they are reading.  Students will grow tremendously as readers in the third grade and big part of this is reading at home.  I recommend 30 minutes each night to help students with this growth. 

At Home

Please have your child read 30 minutes per night at home! This daily practice helps children become confident in their reading and helps them develop a lifelong enjoyment of reading!

How to practice fluency at home:    Once in awhile ask your child to read to you or a younger sibling aloud.  The extra practice actually reading out loud helps develop the rate of speed for reading.  As your child practices including the pauses and excitement or whatever emotion is called for in the reading he or she will also improve their comprehension of the story or article.

How to practice retelling at home:  Another idea is to ask your child to describe the story to you.  Retelling a story is one aspect of understanding and comprehending a book.  You can then ask them a couple of questions about the story like "Why did the character do that?" or "What do you think the message or lesson is in this story?"  These are a couple of questions that we are working on in the classroom to improve everyone's comprehension.

How to practice making connections at home: As your child reads, help them to make connections to the text.  The three connections they can make are:

Text to Text: This book reminds of another book because...

Text to Self: This book reminds me of something that happened in my life because...

Text to World: I already know ____ about this topic or subject...

Making connections is a powerful way for your child to be engaged in what they are reading!

Reading websites to try:

  • Brainpop - There is so much to do at this site, try out the different subject areas for some fun activities. 
  • KidsRead.com - Learn more about your favorite books and authors.  Find more books that you'll love to read and write to your favorite authors.
  • Bookflix.com - Students can read along with fun stories!
  • Storyline online - This is a website set up by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.  It features actors reading wonderful children's books.  It is a great way to hear what a fluent reader sounds like.
  • Funbrain - This is another great website to try, it focuses on many content areas, especially math and reading!
  • Gamequarium - This site had great reading, math and language arts activities.
  • ABCs of the Writing Process - Find graphic organizers that will help you with every step of the writing process.
  • Online Picture Books - From the Reading Zone at the Internet Public Library. Find books and activities you can do online. 
  • Scholastic.com - this website has parent pages that have activities and suggested reading ideas for your children.
  • Starfall.com - FREE interactive storybooks and games along with free writing journals to download.
  • Words and Pictures - Practice spelling, listening and learning new words by playing fun games.

Website list and descriptions adapted from: http://families.owc.edu/Children/reading_lang.htm#elementary