3rd Grade Awesome Readers

Mrs. Andraska and Mrs. Langen

Metphors, Similes and Hyperboles, oh my!!!

Ask your incredibly perceptive third grader about metaphors, similes and hyperboles. You will be amazed! Your child has been able to find all of these figurative language examples in text that has been read to them and in their own reading. Just for reference: simile - a figure of speech that shows a comparison between two things that has 'like' or 'as' as part of the comparison, i.e. 'as white as the snow' ; metaphor - a figure of speech that identifies something as BEING the same as some unrelated thing, thus highlighting the similarities between the two, i.e. 'the ornaments were raining off the tree'; hyperbole - a figurative of speech that is an exaggerated statement, i.e. 'My toes are so cold they are falling off.'

All in a day's work...

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Reading Comprehension Strategies

Everyone has been learning many reading comprehension strategies. Here are some to name a few: Back up and reread, the many uses of Post-its, asking 'Does that make sense?', using and understanding character traits, finding evidence in text to support ideas and responses. It is truly amazing how the reading comprehension of your children has improved over the past few months.

Phonics and Word Study

We spend a portion of everyday on individual and whole group word study. The students have reviewed rules that they have been previously exposed to and have learned many new rules and word chunks to assist in better decoding of unknown words. They have had many lessons, such as: short vowel vs long vowel rules, soft vs hard 'k' and 'g', Magic 'e', irregular syllable chunks, such as: ou/ow, igh/ight, ough/ought, tense and plural markers, such as: ed, s, es and recognizing base words. They have become very good at using decoding strategies, such as: word within words, recognizing learned chunks, paying close attention to word endings, to assist in their reading fluency.


We introduced the students to an interactive iPad app called SeeSaw. SeeSaw can be viewed on a computer, phone or iPad. It's formatted similar to FaceBook. The students can upload examples of what we are working on at school (reading sample, quick video clip, written work, quiz results, etc. ) to show you at home! While they are in school, they can comment on other student's material that is posted from our group, but once home, they have access to only their own postings. ALL student postings are approved by us FIRST before they will be allowed on the Reading Group Classfeed. Our group is the ONLY group that has access to our classfeed. When you see the SeeSaw at home, you will have access to ONLY your child's postings. We look forward to sharing this exciting app with you when we return after Winter Break! The students have loved learning to post on our group site. Be looking for SeeSaw permissions and access codes coming home in the New Year.

Reading Expectations :)

Research has shown repeatedly that the more a child reads, the better reader he/she will become. We continue to expect the students to be reading nightly, including weekends, for 20-30 minutes. The time could include reading to you, you reading to them, reading on Raz-Kids, reading together - any kind of reading :) The students also know that they need to log their reading every night and a parent signature/initial is expected every day.

Thank you for your on-going support and sharing your wonderful children with us! Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday!

Mrs. Andraska and Mrs. Langen