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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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Literature circles

Third-grade classrooms sometimes start literature circles, student-led book discussion groups. Students choose their own reading material and meet in small groups with others who are reading the same book. Each member of the group is assigned a role and helps guide the group in a discussion of the book. Literature circles allow students to share their thoughts, concerns, and their understanding of a novel.

"The literature circle experience helps the most timid or passive learner become an engaged and active learner," says Thompson. "Literature circles help build confidence as children assume responsibility for their reading."

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:
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