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We more strongly encourage you to use these texts online. Other than ecological reasons, practicing reading comprehension online is also much easier to grade, simplifies tracking of progress, adaptive to the level of the specific student, and increases motivation to practice with the students.
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One of the primary goals for third-grade readers is to learn common Latin suffixes, which helps them decode words, thus improving reading comprehension. At this age, readers should also be able to understand the main idea of an informational text, retell key details, and explain the interrelationship between the two. Use the tips outlined below to facilitate the acquisition of these skills.
Not only does re-reading a passage enable third graders to read with improved fluency, but it also encourages improved comprehension of the text. At this age, readers should be able to read approximately 90 words per minute, and using re-reading exercises will encourage the development of that level of reading fluency. Have readers reread short bursts (i.e., a sentence or paragraph) to practice these skills.
Whether a student uses a hard copy or references an online dictionary, looking up unfamiliar words helps improve reading comprehension very rapidly. Adding unfamiliar words to their lexicon – and learning how to spell those words – will also improve their understanding of the main idea and key details of a text. It’s a great way to become familiar with the meaning of Latin suffixes, too.
A fun way to engage children in reading is to ask them to make predictions about what might happen next in a passage. Making these kinds of inferences improves their comprehension of the material, enables them to remember what they’ve read, and also challenges them to think creatively about the text.
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Below are 10 reading comprehension worksheets and tests that are accurately measured to fit the 3rd grade level.