3rd Grade Family Activities
- Read 20 minutes a day.
- While reading or after reading, write/draw:
- an important part of text.
- a connection made to the text.
- a question about the text.
- the problem and resolution of the story (literary text only - fiction, poetry, drama).
- the central idea and details to support it (informational texts only - nonfiction, persuasive).
- a conclusion that can be drawn from the text.
- something that could be added to the text to extend its message.
- something learned from the text
- Have your child roll 3, 4, or 5 dice or randomly draw three, four, or five number cards and create as many different numbers as possible. Have your child order the numbers from least to greatest or greatest to least. Have your child choose one of the numbers they created to represent in a variety of ways: expanded form, picture, on a number line, or in word form).
Environmental Shape or Pattern Hunt
- Go on a scavenger hunt around the house (or even through different picture books) and find different objects/pictures to represent all the different two and three dimensional figures.
- Have your child build different two and three dimensional figures with Legos, blocks, cans, boxes, toothpicks, etc.
- While doing physical activities (e.g. walking from one end of a room to another, hopping, jumping jacks, going up and down stairs), keep track by skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, and 10s,. If you have access to an outdoor space, have your child create a hopscotch path. If you’re indoors, create a number path by writing on cardboard boxes or sheets of paper and have students count by different amounts.
Cooking and Food
- Have your child help out in the kitchen by measuring out ingredients and examine the different size measuring cups and explain why ½ is larger than ⅓ and why ⅛ is less than ¼ and how they know. Have your child identify information from the nutritional facts and solve problems such as if you had 3 servings of these cookies, how many calories would that be? How many milligrams of sodium are in the entire box of cereal? How do you know?
Shopping and Money
- Grab a handful of coins and have students determine the total value of the coins. After students determine the value of the collection, have your child determine how much more money would be needed to make a one or two dollars. Select an amount of change and have your child think of all the different coin combinations that would equal that amount of money.
- Create a question about an organism, object, or event that can be observed in the natural world. It may sound something like:
- Does the depth of the water affect its evaporation rate?
- How can you make an egg float?
- Plan and conduct a simple investigation to answer your question.
- Be sure to make observations and collect data.
- Record and organize your data using pictures, numbers, and/or words.
- Write about what you learned and new questions that you have.
- Research or test your new questions.
- Make daily calendars and timelines
- Create a map of your neighborhood or school
- Look through family albums, photos, and/or artifacts and discuss what students see and know
- Discuss community helpers (firefighters, police officers, hospital staff) and have students write about what these individual contribute to the community
- Research a historical figure and discuss or write about how they exhibit good citizenship