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What your third grader needs to know : fundamentals of a good third-grade education / edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 0385336268 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780385336260 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xxviii, 366 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: Rev. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell Pub., 2002, c2001.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Language and literature. Reading, writing, and your third grader ; Literature ; Poetry ; Stories ; Mythology ; Learning about literature ; Sayings and phrases ; Learning about language -- Geography and history. World geography ; World history ; American history ; Early explorers in North America ; English colonies in North America -- Visual arts -- Music. Elements of music ; Composers and their music ; Some songs for third grade -- Mathematics. Multiplication, pt. 1 ; Division, pt. 1 ; Numbers through hundred thousands ; Working with numbers ; Addition and subtraction ; Sums and differences of four-digit numbers ; Time, money, and graphs ; Geometry ; Measurement ; Multiplication, pt. 2 ; Division, pt. 2 ; Roman numerals ; Fractions -- Science. Classifying animals ; The human body : the skeletal and muscular systems ; The human body : the brain and nervous system ; Light and vision ; Sound and hearing ; Astronomy ; Ecology ; The lives of famous scientists.
Summary, etc.:
The best way to nurture your child's reading and writing abilities is to provide rich literary experiences and find frequent and varied opportunities to work and play with language. By the end of second grade, children have developed a reading vocabulary of familiar words and can decode the letter-sound patterns of many unfamiliar one- and two- syllable words. During third grade, as they increase their knowledge about words (including the concepts of syllables, prefixes, and suffixes), they put that knowledge to work, decoding unfamiliar multisyllabic words. If a child has not mastered the skill of decoding simple words, that practice should continue. By third grade, the mental process of turning letters into sounds should be nearly automatic. This year, children focus more on meaning as they read. Their reading vocabulary expands tremendously, as does their ability to read longer and more complex literature. They read for information and begin to use nonfiction reference books like children's dictionaries and encyclopedias. They learn the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, and they read and enjoy longer and more complicated "chapter books." In third grade, children continue to learn about language as they write it: identifying parts of speech, properly using punctuation, and recognizing sentence types. They begin to shape their own writing, understanding how paragraphs relate in a larger whole and exerting more control over vocabulary and structure.
Subject: Third grade (Education) > Curricula > United States.
Curriculum planning > United States.