Third Grade Reading Games and Interactive Activities

Third grade is an important time in a child's reading development. Games and activities that involve sequence, cause and effect, inference, prediction and context clues may prove most effective for long-term success. Read on for games and activities your child can try at home for additional practice outside of the classroom.

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Where Can I Find Third Grade Games and Activities?

If you have access to the Internet, there are websites that offer countless grade-appropriate reading games and activities to choose from. Typically, teaching resource and educational sites provide activities for free, but some do require a 1-time registration. Once you've found a site you like, there are several different types of games your child can choose from. For example, some require the player to answer problems on the site itself, while others have printable worksheets, puzzles and comprehension questions.

Reading Games and Activities for Third Graders

Comprehension Questions

Reading short passages and answering comprehension questions is a common and simple method used to help children practice and improve their reading abilities. However, many of the examples your child completed in class probably did not match his or her interests. By finding free passages and questions online for your child to complete at home, you'll be giving him or her a better opportunity to enjoy reading while also improving. Topics are both fictional and nonfictional and in a variety of formats, such as poems, news articles and stories.

Act It Out

Often in class, students will be asked to read aloud. However, many do not feel comfortable doing so, causing them to dislike reading even more. If you have time, schedule a weekly story time where your child will read a story of his or her choosing out loud but also act it out along the way. To make your son or daughter feel more comfortable, try splitting up two main parts and acting with each other. Not only will your child gain reading practice, he or she will also begin to feel more comfortable reading in front of others.

Go Fish Grammar

A strong grasp on vocabulary and grammar is important for early readers. The better they understand different types of words, the easier it will be for your son or daughter to advance his or her skills. One fun activity that you can play with your child is grammar Go Fish.

As with the regular card game, you and your child will fish for pairs, but instead of the cards being exact matches, they will be a match between a part of speech and an example. For instance, if your child has the 'noun' card, he or she will want to fish for a noun, like 'book,' but if your child has the 'adjective' card, he or she will search for a card like 'beautiful.' Continue playing until one player runs out of cards, and the player with the most pairs wins. Don't forget to review your child's answers to help correct any mistakes.

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