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Literacy For Grade 3 And Grade 4

Literacy

Grades 3 And 4

  • In Grades 3 and 4,  many children don’t get enough extended reading at the appropriate level.
  • Extended reading time is often of chapter books of children’s choose. Extended  private reading is usually at a lower reading level.
  • Set reading tasks are short grabs of text that is often broken up into boxes on a worksheet.
  • The presentation of reading matter does not encourage left-to-right and top to bottom eye movement which is exactly what a child needs to become a competent reader of complex sentences.

That’s what is happening in classrooms through no-one’s fault.

The reading and writing tasks on my site provide longer texts that require extended concentration. There is a big difference between early Grade 3 and late Grade 4, so it’s important to read the descriptions provided for each lesson package to make sure it is pitched at the right level for your child.

https://www.tutoringprimary.com/product/the-quail-and-the-hunter/ and

https://www.tutoringprimary.com/product/sam-family-go-camping/ 

are two lesson bundles for these middle primary years.

Hints On Teaching From These Worksheets

  • Let your child read aloud. It is a good idea to take it in turns reading a paragraph each.
  • If you find he or she skips words or reads the first letter of a word and guesses the rest of it, I suggest you slow down.
  • Use a ruler to help your child to stay on the right line.
  • The teaching cue from teachers, “What do you think will come next?” is counter-productive to the reading process. It means children guess and are too often wrong. So encourage your child to read what is written and sound the phonics out to decode any difficult word. Then go back and re-read that sentence.
  • A second reading is often helpful for comprehension and I always encourage it when the reading is demanding. If your child doesn’t need a second reading then possibly the text is too easy.
  • Discuss what happens in the story between readings. Ask questions. Find some common experience your child has had with the events presented.

Trust Yourself And Let The Worksheet Prompt You.

There are lots of explicit instructions that any parent will find easy to follow. Encourage your child to read the instructions for the writing tasks that follow the text. This will reveal to you whether your child has understood the text. “Let’s go back and check what the story says,” helps your child appreciate that the text is there to inform.