How to Help Students Prepare for 3rd Grade


    This list focuses on several key skills that your child will need for success in 3rd grade. These skills form the foundation for many of the concepts we will be covering during the year.


    • Addition and subtraction facts memorized to 20
    • Reads and writes 3-digit numbers up to 999
    • Writes a complete sentence independently (capitalization and punctuation)
    • Correctly forms printed upper and lower case letters (incorrect formation impedes cursive instruction and mastery)
    • Reads grade level appropriate literature at 85+ words per minute and accurately retells what s/he has just read
    • Accurately spells this list of 25 words:


    1. was
    2. with
    3. they
    4. from
    5. one
    6. what
    7. were
    8. when
    9. there
    10. which
    11. said
    12. like
    13. many
    14. some
    15. who
    16. school
    17. only
    18. very
    19. write
    20. because
    21. of
    22. does
    23. always
    24. learn
    25. done
    For those interested in Battle of the Books here is next year's list for 3rd grade:

    Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity  By:  Mac Barnett

    El Deafo   By:  Cece Bell

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  By:  Chris Grabenstein

    Fantastic  Mr. Fox   By:  Roald Dahl

    Fortunately the Milk  By: Neil Gaiman

    I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic   By:  Lauren Tarshis

    Lulu and the Brontosaurus   By:  Judith Viorst

    Lunch Lady and the cyborg Substitute   By:  Jarrett Krosoczka

    One and Only Ivan    By:  Catherine Applegate

    Recess at 20 Below   By:  Cindy Aillaud

    Rescue on the Oregon Trail   By:  Kate Messner

    The Vanishing coin   By:  Kate Egan

    Travels of Thelonious   By:  Susan Schade

    Who Was Amelia Earhart   By:  Kate Boehm Jerome

    World According to Humphrey   By:  Betty G. Birney


    Alternate Titles:

    Fudge-A-Mania   By:  Judy Blume

    The Sasquatch Escape   By:  Suzanne Selfors


Last Modified on April 13, 2015