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Rev up reading for third graders

Simple tips and activities to help your third grade child master essential reading skills.

By Catherine Ann Velasco

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High drama!

Skills: Fluency

Pick a book with lots of dialogue and divide the reading according to character. (You can read the narration if this keeps the pace.) Or check out the free scripts available online at Reader's Theater. Ask your child to read with extreme expression and you follow suit. Explore how much you can add to a story just by changing your intonation. Have fun doing this throughout the book, expressing fear, glee, boredom, etc.

Catherine Ann Velasco has covered education and children and family issues for more than 22 years. She's won numerous awards, and served as a fellow of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families and the Education Writers Association’s Statistics Boot Camp. Velasco lives near Chicago and can be reached at cathyannvelasco@yahoo.com

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