While IXL's third-grade lessons can function as a helpful assessment tool -- especially for standardized test prep –- they won't necessarily provide moments of meaningful learning; kids will also need to learn language arts topics in other ways. Teachers can choose drill sets based on specific state and Common Core standards. Detailed reports give teachers a good sense of how kids will do on standardized tests and can help identify areas that need work.
For third-graders, there are 113 topics ranging from parts of speech to capitalization, similes and metaphors, and prefixes and suffixes; a wide variety of Common Core standards are covered. Many topics are appropriate for third grade, though some of the grammar (subordinating and coordinating conjunctions) may be too advanced. For a more collaborative means of test prep, show these drills to the whole class on a screen; have groups discuss the questions, as well as the reasoning behind the correct answers. The site also has implementation ideas for classroom integration, standards prep, intervention, enrichment, and parent involvement.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.*
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Form and use possessives.
Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Choose words and phrases for effect.*
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
Reading Foundational Skills
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.
Decode words with common Latin suffixes.
Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
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