# This Week in Third Grade

Week 25

## Root Words

Understanding the meanings of root words is an important piece of your child's foundation in language. Support your child by creating a root word journal or dictionary together. This will serve as a resource for your young learner while building vocabulary and reading more complex texts.
Understanding root words and their meanings is a foundational piece of language. This is crucial as students read more complex texts and come across unfamiliar words. Support your students by having them create a Root Word Dictionary to keep track of a variety of root words and their meanings.
Root Word Study: Rupt
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Root Word Study: Rupt
In this vocabulary-building worksheet, third graders will discover words with the root word "rupt," which means to burst or break.
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Root Word Study: Sign
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Root Word Study: Sign
In this vocabulary-building worksheet, third graders will discover words with the root word "sign," which means to mark or seal.
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Root Word Study: Spect
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Root Word Study: Spect
In this vocabulary-building worksheet, third graders will discover words with the root word "spect," which means to look.
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Practice the root word TELE with this word play worksheet, perfect for strengthening vocabulary skills.
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Root Words: "Tele" and "Sign"
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Root Words: "Tele" and "Sign"
Teaching your students about root words is a great way to strengthen their vocabulary and comprehension. Use this lesson to introduce the root words tele and sign.
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Root Words
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Root Words
Students will understand just where their vocabulary words come from with this root words exercise.
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## Word Problems & Mathematical Practices

Find ways to support your child with increasingly complex word problems. When tasked with solving a multi-step, mixed-operation word problem, have your child go back to the basics. Identify the question, pick out clue words, and work through the problem step by step. Help them figure out if it makes sense to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. For a fun challenge, encourage your child to write new word problems.
Teach your students to hone in on important information as they work through word problems. First, identify the question that is being asked; next, find the "clue words" that can guide students through the operations. After your students get a firm handle on solving multi-step word problems with mixed operations, challenge them to write their own.
Snack Time Multiplication
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Snack Time Multiplication
Indulge in some delicious multiplication with this word problem worksheet that helps kids practice times tables and double-digit multiplication skills.
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Multiplication Word Problems
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Multiplication Word Problems
It's a multiplication wonderland! Review those times tables with these multiplication word problems.
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Sea Creatures Word Problems: Multi-step Subtraction and Multiplication
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Sea Creatures Word Problems: Multi-step Subtraction and Multiplication
This underwater-themed worksheet is a playful way for learners to practice solving multi-step word problems.
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Two-Step Word Problems with Mixed Operations - Gamified!
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Two-Step Word Problems with Mixed Operations - Gamified!
Students will have fun learning the Read, Draw, Write (RDW) strategy on two-step, mixed operation problems. First they will learn RDW, and then they will practice it in a game called Four in a Row.
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Word Problem Comprehension
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Word Problem Comprehension
Make sure your students understand the word problem before they begin to solve it! Use this as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson for Two-Step Word Problems with Mixed-Operations - Gamified!
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Three-Digit Subtraction with Borrowing Mountain Game
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Three-Digit Subtraction with Borrowing Mountain Game
Kids practice borrowing in this three-digit subtraction mountain-themed game.
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## Compare & Contrast

Support your child as they master the important skill of identifying similarities and differences in the stories they read. Give your student short texts to practice on, using graphic organizers like venn diagrams and story maps to help them visually organize information.
Support your students as they master the important skill of identifying similarities and differences in the stories they read. Give your class short texts to practice on, using graphic organizers like venn diagrams and story maps to help them visually organize information.
Compare Story Elements
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Compare Story Elements
Use this resource to help your students track information as they compare and contrast the story elements from two fiction texts
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
In this exercise, your students will compare and contrast two fictional stories with the same characters.
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Graphic Organizer Template: Venn Diagram
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Graphic Organizer Template: Venn Diagram
Use this two-circle Venn diagram template in instruction, or as a guide for student work.
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A Tale of Two Texts
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A Tale of Two Texts
This compare and contrast exercise will give your students practice recording information about two similar fiction texts.
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
Are the stories the same or different? You decide! Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing the story elements in two fictional stories written by the same author.
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Focus on the Similarities
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Focus on the Similarities
Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the similarities between stories with words that signal comparison. This lesson can stand-alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the The Same or Different? You Decide! lesson.
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## Informative Writing

Give your child tools and strategies that will help them blossom as young writers. Help your child recognize paragraph structure, and encourage frequent practice with short prompts. Use prewriting tools like graphic organizers to help your child organize their thoughts as they begin a more focused piece of writing.
Give students tools and strategies that will help them blossom as young writers. Help learners recognize paragraph structure, and encourage frequent practice with short prompts. Use prewriting tools like graphic organizers to help students organize their thoughts as they begin a more focused piece of writing.
On-Demand Idea Organizer
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On-Demand Idea Organizer
This exercise helps students pre-write their ideas in an organized way when faced with an on-demand writing prompt.
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Writing a Paragraph
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Writing a Paragraph
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The Upside-Down Traffic Lights Paragraph
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The Upside-Down Traffic Lights Paragraph
Children discover how a paragraph resembles an inverted traffic light, with its topic, supporting, and closing sentences.
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Paragraph Writing Worksheet
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Paragraph Writing Worksheet
This paragraph writing worksheet gets your child back to the basics of writing. In this paragraph writing worksheet, kids will write using a graphic organizer.
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On-Demand Prewriting
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On-Demand Prewriting
Students will develop pre-writing confidence by learning how to approach unfamiliar opinion writing prompts. Writers will generate a topic sentence and flush out supporting information.
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Artist Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
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Artist Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
This lesson plan teaches students about Frida Kahlo and her legacy as an activist and artist who continues to inspire people all over the world. Students will listen to a story about Frida Kahlo and reflect on what it means to be an artist.
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.