Our 5 favorite third grade reading worksheets

Since it's all about reading to learn this year, here are 5 ways to boost your child's essential knowledge and comprehension skills.

By GreatSchools Staff

What are baby animals called?

What do you call a baby cow, again? If your child doesn't know, it's time to look it up!

This reading worksheet builds crucial research skills your third grader will need increasingly this year and in years to come: looking up answers, taking notes, and writing up new knowledge in complete sentences. 

Patterns in poems

Stanzas and syllables and rhythm, oh my!

Poetry doesn't have to be difficult or dreary — it's all a matter of helping your child understand it. This reading worksheet helps your child understand the structure and rhythm of two short poems by reading them aloud, counting syllables, noting rhyming words, and paying attention to how words are used to convey meaning.


Have you heard about the nonfiction revolution?

Schools are putting new emphasis on children doing research and reading nonfiction. This reading worksheet, which helps kids understand what a glossary is and how to use it, will help your child build these important skills.

Fact or fantasy?

All about aliens!

Are there other beings in the Universe just like us? This reading worksheet offers seven statements about alien life forms, giving your child practice reading, processing, and noting key points in nonfiction text.

Using a dictionary

Did you know that invent and prevent have the same root?

Building on your child's research skills, this reading worksheet asks your child to practice looking up words, writing down their definitions, and considering how root words have consistent meaning, even when they are modified.