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Your third grader and reading

In third grade, students shift their focus from learning to read to reading to learn.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Doing research

Third-graders improve on their beginning research skills by reading books on different subjects and answering questions about a topic. Third-graders should be able to use the index, glossary, title page, introduction, preface, and appendix of a book to find information. Using encyclopedias, informational books, and the Internet may be part of a research project.

"Reading informational text is critical for second- and third-graders," says Thompson. "Most of the federally mandated tests contain a great deal of nonfiction reading. Children need to learn to read nonfiction for understanding and need to be taught how to use all of the conventions of nonfiction to assist with understanding. These include the table of contents, index, glossary, captions, illustrations, bold print, diagrams, charts, and graphs."

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/28/2011:
"My third grade granddaughter loves books and is an avid reader. But she does not comprehend what she has read, has difficulty retelling a story in sequential order and is not doing well in school in that area. Her teacher has provided a Website that includes short stories followed by questions and vocabulary study. But my granddaughter is not enthusiatic about reading these stories and sticking with the assignment. I continue to insist that she read the stories and complete the reletd excercises. But its a struggle and a challenge. Any suggestions for making this more appealing to her. "
02/22/2011:
"This book is very interesting. "
02/21/2011:
"This book is very interesting. "
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