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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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Beginnings and endings

Skill: Decoding

Recognizing prefixes and suffixes is a key reading skill, so practice with your child next time you read together. Go on a prefix/suffix hunt, and see how many words on the page have a prefix or a suffix. Help your child find the root word, and talk about how the prefix or suffix changes the word's meaning.

(Check out these worksheets for more prefix and suffix fun!)

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