Across our district, our young readers participate in reading workshop, read-alouds, shared reading, explicit phonics instruction, small groups, guided reading, independent reading, and book clubs. Our goal is to create lifelong readers who are confident and independent. Students in all of our classrooms have access to a wide variety of choices of high quality children’s literature and have the opportunity to read a wide range of topics, authors, and genres. During reading workshop, students are taught explicit strategies to apply to their independent reading.
As part of reading workshop, students curate a variety of resources using digital tools to gather and share information, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Third Grade Reading Workshop
Third graders are the kind of readers who read and have conversations about longer and more challenging texts. Students in third grade often read with a notebook or sticky notes in hand, keeping track of their thoughts, ideas, and questions. Often they meet in clubs or small groups to study books closely and/or conduct research on a variety of topics.
Examples of third grade units of study include:
Building a Reading Life: Third graders practice applying multiple strategies to choose “just right” books, build up their reading volume and stamina, and understand the books they read.
Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise: Third graders choose a series of mystery books to read and discuss, as well as learn strategies to solve trickier unfamiliar words in books they choose to read.
Reading to Learn: Third graders read nonfiction books to study topics of their choice.
Character Studies: Third graders study characters in their books closely, to study character change, lessons that characters learn, and generalizable themes.
Research Clubs: Third graders read nonfiction books to study topics in partnerships, small groups, or clubs.
Note that units will vary from classroom to classroom.
Helping Outside of School
Popular third grade books and authors: Ivy and Bean, Upside Down Magic, Geronimo Stilton, Ricky Ricotta, Stink, Reina Telgemeier,