These academic vocabulary words for third graders are used often, across all subjects, from language arts and history to math and science. Third graders who have a better vocabulary can better understand what they read and hear. And, when your child knows these words well enough to use them, it will add precision and nuance to your child’s writing and presentations.

Print this list of age-appropriate academic vocabulary words, courtesy of Hyde Park Central School District, and post it on your kitchen fridge where you and your child will see it every day. Try to use these words in everyday conversation with your third grader. Hearing new words in context is one of the best ways for kids to learn and remember new words.

additional event region
agreeable examine repair
argue example ridiculous
arrange experience scar
assist fatal scatter
attract flexible shiver
careless furious signal
cause gathered similar
climate gist slumber
coast infer solution
compare intelligent starve
construct invitation stumble
continent irritate tackle
contrast marine tentacle
credit mend typical
culture multiply unite
dangle nervous unusual
defend occur valuable
describe opposite vehicle
details passage volunteer
develop patient diagram
peer disappointed persuade
division pleasant effect
prank elect predict
purpose endangered recognize

See the academic vocabulary lists for 4th grade and 5th grade, too.

Check out our weekly third grade spelling lists. The first week’s list begins with words that are easy to misspell because just one letter is added or moved.

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Updated: December 4, 2019