Literacy For Grade 3 At Primary School
Teaching Grade 3 Literacy
Grade 3 is the fourth year at school. Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 come before this. Grade 3 is a year of transition in a way. It is described as the start of Middle Primary School.
Children have put down the roots of good literacy habits. Children should know all their Sight Words, and decode texts with spelling patterns covered in the previous three years. If there are still areas of uncertainty, you could go through the Grade 2 materials for specific spelling patterns, such as ur or ai.
Teaching With My Literacy Learning Packs
Many of these suggestions can be found in each item. My suggestions to parents are along these lines:
- Read the text twice with your child. The first reading is for decoding. The second reading is for comprehension. A learner-reader cannot be expected to decode and comprehend well on one reading. If your child can do this then the text is not demanding enough.
- On account of teaching methods in early primary schools that are common today, many children hurry through their reading. They make mistakes. They often guess. They skip words. And this is all due to the idea given to children that reading well means reading fast. Encourage your child to slow down. Even a ruler under the line helps to guide your child’s vision.
- Each of my texts is followed by activities. Ask your child to read the instruction aloud so you know that he or she has understood what he has to do. Some children are inclined to rush into a task and begin to make mistakes. The tasks here usually increase in difficulty. Many children will not finish in one sitting.
- So follow up with another reading of the text a few days later and then return to the tasks. Some children think that reading and completing activities is a memory task and your child can be reassured it is not. By saying, “Let’s check the text and see what it says,” helps a child to realize that the answer or the word is in the story.
- Here is a link to the Page for Grades 1 and 2.
The Layout Of My Lessons
- The writing tasks in these lessons are based around the text.
- There is a Word Study that follows each text. This reinforces the child’s experience of new vocabulary. It supports the child’s comprehension of word meanings and spelling.
- The Text Study encourages comprehension of the content of the text. Further, the Word Study paves the way for the Text Study.
- The reading tasks for Grade 3 are longer than for Grade 2.
- It is important to develop your child’s extended reading of texts that are more demanding.
- Texts that children choose themselves, such as chapter books, will be at a lower level of difficulty.
- Children need their endurance and concentration skills developed. These story texts are designed to do that.
Marking Your Child’s Work
- Immediate feedback to a student is the most effective way for the child to learn.
- An adult needs to sit with the child, share the reading task, and watch over while they do the writing activities.
- You could allow the child to attempt the writing tasks alone. Avoid prompting your child when they hesitate. Allow time for the child to work things out, decode a word using their phonics knowledge, and self correct. Self correction is a good sign of progress.
- At the end of this you can work out whether you think your child earned a mark on a question on their own. Discuss with your child. You could say, “I helped you with this one. Do you think you earned your mark?” Then give them an encouraging mark. This opens the way for lessons from Mum or Dad next week too.
- If you find your child is having difficulty with the text and tasks, move to Grade 2 units. The year levels given to these units of work is fairly elastic.
Each unit is self-contained. Some may be linked. A note will be in the description these units. There are directions for parents where I think it may be needed. If you feel you have forgotten things since school, don’t worry, because there is help in each unit especially for the higher grades. This benefits both the student and the parent. So you can let the text and activities guide the lesson and you follow where it takes you.
I hope you found this helpful.