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Third Grade Spelling Word Lists & Curriculum

Third Grade Spelling Word Lists & Curriculum
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This page is a summary of curriculum topics, foundational skills and resources related to third grade spelling including information about:

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Third Grade Spelling Curriculum Sequence

Third grade spelling students are expected to arrange words in alphabetical order. During the year they will be introduced to contractions such as ISN’T, CAN’T and DON’T. They will also learn more compound words such as BIRTHDAY, SOMEWHERE, and YOURSELF.

Third grade spelling words include blends such as in AGREE, CHOOSE, and HALF. Words beginning with QU- are introduced, such as QUEEN and QUIT. Third grade spelling words include consonant doubling, as in BERRY, BUTTER, and PRETTY. Third grade spelling students also learn common homophones such as PAIL and PALE. They learn that words ending in Y become plural with the -IES ending, such as the plural of CHERRY, which is CHERRIES.

These very young children learn through spelling activities including many creative methods that make the third grade spelling program fun for them. Remember, every child learns at a different rate, so what works for some students, may not be the correct approach for your child. Which is why so many parents enjoy Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours.

Foundational Spelling Skills

Spelling skills should develop as part of an overall language arts phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency, grammar, reading and writing program. Children should (with help from their parents) develop their foundational spelling skills through an interest in words, regular writing, constant reading, a study of spelling rules, and playing of spelling games

With help from their parents, children can develop and reinforce foundational spelling skills through the following activities:

  1. Regular writing for a head start on spelling, punctuation, and other concepts
  2. Constant reading or use of reading workbooks
  3. Frequent study of spelling rules like the relationships between letters and sounds
  4. Spelling bees for a fun way for your child to practice their spelling
  5. Playing of spelling games, quizzes or word games to help develop their spelling skills
  6. Structured computer spelling programs
  7. Personalized tutoring and assistance to boost confidence
  8. Setting daily blocks of time for spelling and reading activities
  9. Instruction through guided spelling activities like word sorts or word boxes
  10. Creating a rich language environment at home based on the quantity and quality of words spoken

Time4Learning teaches a comprehensive third grade spelling curriculum using fun activities to build a solid spelling foundation. Help your child excel in spelling by trying out one of our Time4Learning’s third grade demos.

Third Grade Spelling Word List

What spelling words should your third grader know? Here is a list of 50+ words that are great for use in spelling games, tests, or practice for an upcoming spelling bee. To add more value, download our 3rd grade spelling list printable worksheet with +300 words and writing sheets!

  • about
  • actor
  • agree
  • airplane
  • airport
  • alike
  • almost
  • alone
  • along
  • aloud
  • already
  • army
  • ate
  • awake
  • awhile
  • bare
  • baseball
  • beat
  • become
  • bedtime
  • beef
  • beet
  • began
  • begin
  • bench
  • bent
  • berry
  • better
  • birthday
  • bless
  • boil
  • bought
  • boy
  • brand
  • brass
  • bring
  • bringing
  • brush
  • build
  • built
  • burn
  • bury
  • bushes
  • bushy
  • butter
  • cannot
  • can’t
  • carry
  • cast
  • cave
  • cent
  • cherries
  • cherry
  • chess
  • chest
  • chili
  • choose
  • churn
  • clean
  • cobweb
  • coil
  • could
  • cracker
  • crazy
  • cure
  • curl
  • cut
  • daytime
  • dinner
  • doesn’t
  • done
  • don’t
  • dozen
  • draw
  • drink
  • dwell
  • early
  • earn
  • eggnog
  • eight
  • elbow
  • elsewhere
  • employ
  • enjoy
  • face
  • fall
  • far
  • fault
  • fill
  • fired
  • fireman
  • fit
  • flavor
  • flow
  • fray
  • frost
  • full
  • fulfill
  • gate
  • gift
  • glove
  • glue
  • goldfish
  • goose

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