Third Grade Words

In third grade, the new challenge is accumulating words, learning third grade vocabulary.  Why? It works like this: in kindergarten through second, the major focus is phonics and decoding.  Kids learn these basics. In third grade, they start to read real chapter books which they can only hope to do if they accumulate the vocabulary that they need.  Here’s some info on 3d grade spelling and vocabulary word study should be like (from VocabularySpellingCity):

VocabularySpellingCity offers a wide range of free third grade spelling and vocabulary word lists. Teachers can choose from hundreds of word lists to assign engaging, interactive games in phonics, spelling, or vocabulary. VocabularySpellingCity also provides activities and printable worksheets to supplement the third grade language arts curriculum.

Third grade spelling lists include Dolch and Fry sight word lists; word structure lists (contractions); and VocabularySpellingCity’s beginning spelling curriculum, which is aligned to the research of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Third grade students can practice grade level literacy skills, like compound words, through the use of VocabularySpellingCity’s interactive online games.

Additionally, there is more profound work in the other subjects such as math, science, and social studies.  For 3rd grade math vocabulary, and I again I quote them:
Learning third grade math words in the right context is a challenge even for third graders. For example, the term “degree” can have many meanings, with several that are particular to 3rd grade math vocabulary itself. Keeping track of the many varying usages of terms for math study can be daunting. Still, thanks to targeted online games and corresponding printable worksheets, learning these alternate 3rd grade math definitions can be as simple as 1-2-3!

The third grade math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Third Grade Math Standards. Third graders can use the automated reader to listen to the third grade math terms that they need to learn. They can also gain concrete experience through the many interactive and exciting math vocab grade 3 games available to them. Every child responds better to elementary math vocabulary when it is presented in context rich, meaningful ways. Third grade students who use the themed math vocabulary lists gain math confidence and benefit from math vocabulary drills and practice that keep them interested and coming back for more!

Now science and social studies for third grade has more diversity around the country.  While math and language arts are, despite the bruhaha, standardized around the country thanks to the CCSS, there were no real set of social studies standards published.  Well, to be honest, the social studies standards were developed and were published by the much less prestigious National Council on Social Studies:
VocabularySpellingCity nevertheless has third grade social studies vocabulary word lists available for everyone too.

The fourth specialized area of vocabulary for third grade is …Yes, it is science. The NGSS standards or framework has helped develop some national level of standards and it’s moving forward slowly.  VSC has some third grade science vocabulary words accumulated and collected. Here is an example list of third grade science vocabulary for space science:



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2 thoughts on “Third Grade Words

  1. This is really useful. The article isn’t so special but the links and descriptions of the other sites’ third grade learning resources, all free, very useful!!!

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