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In Grade 3, students read and write more independently than in any previous grade and spend significant blocks of time engaged in reading and writing on their own as well as in assigned tasks and projects. Students listen critically to spoken messages, think about their own contributions to discussions, and plan their oral presentations. Third grade students read grade-level material fluently and with comprehension. Students use root words, prefixes, suffixes, and derivational endings to recognize words. Students demonstrate knowledge of synonyms, antonyms, and multi-meaning words. Students are beginning to distinguish fact from opinion in texts. During class discussions, third grade students support their ideas and inferences by citing portions of the text being discussed. Students read in a variety of genres, including realistic and imaginative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from classic and contemporary works. Third grade students write with more complex capitalization and punctuation such as proper nouns and commas in a series.Texas Essential Knowledge

Basics Include:
Finding the correct spelling of words in dictionaries
Using English to answer questions & in discussions
Reading a wide variety of material & own stories to the class
Writing simple instructions according to the assignment
Exploring & experimenting with different forms of writing
Studying standard English grammar
Answering questions, orally & in writing, on characters, setting & story plots.


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