3rd Grade Workbook: Activities and Worksheets for 3rd Graders

Activities and worksheets can be beneficial to your child when they are interactive. The examples below demonstrate how combining quality worksheets with hands-on activities can help your 3rd grader's cognitive skills.

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What Types of Activities and Worksheets Are Good for 3rd Graders?

Activities and worksheets should keep 3rd graders engaged and involved in their learning. Hands-on activities are easily created by using household items and creativity. Look for everyday opportunities to reinforce your child's learning. For instance, if he or she is struggling with fractions, turn pizza night into a review night.

Worksheets can help reinforce skills that your child is learning through repetition; however, not all worksheets are beneficial to your child. Good worksheets should encourage children to be creative or expand their problem-solving abilities, instead of just writing down answers on a piece of paper.


Comic Strip

Create a comic strip puzzle worksheet that your child will enjoy solving. Go to the comic section of the newspaper, cut up a comic strip into segments and place them out of order on the table. Your child can use her problem-solving abilities and literacy skills to put the segments back into the correct sequence. She can do this with scissors and glue, pasting the panels onto a sheet of paper. To give her an added challenge, you can cut up many different comic strips and ask her to put the segments of each strip back into their proper order.

Family Photo

Students in 3rd grade are learning to write stories and essays using details and transitions. Create a writing worksheet by pasting a photograph of a family trip on a piece of paper. Then, have your child write a detailed story about the photo. The story can be a description of what actually occurred in the picture, or it can be a creative story. Be sure to have him create characters, a setting and a plot.


Grocery Store

This is a good way to get your grocery shopping done and at the same time help your child to develop estimation, budgeting and money skills. Prepare a shopping list of the items you need. Go the store with your child, and give her the list along with a budget. It may be necessary for you to research current prices in advance to come up with an accurate budget. Ask your child to estimate the total cost of the items she wants to buy before going to the checkout stand, to make sure the budget will cover the expense. If she can purchase all the items on the list without going over the budget, give her a prize.

Cookie Moon Phases

Students in 3rd grade are likely familiar with the different phases of the moon, so this activity will help your child's observation skills. Instruct your child to look out the window or go outside every night for a month to observe the moon in its various phases. He should then draw a representation of each phase. Afterward, have him take large round cookies and replicate the different phases by taking bites out of the cookies.

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