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Grade Three

Letterland Grade Three facilitates students growth in word knowledge by building on previous learning in phonics, spelling, and word structure and applying that knowledge to learning more sophisticated words that occur in academic subjects across the curriculum, fostering a greater interest in words and language.

Key Features

Spiraling Curriculum

Essential previous Grades phonic and word recognition concepts (e.g. Syllabification) are reinforced from the start. Reminders of the Letterland characters and stories are provided for those who have used Letterland at previous Grade Levels, but the Grade Three teaching does not rely on previous knowledge of Letterland.

Cross Curricular Links

The weekly Unit passages provide vital reading practice and allow children to see and use their word study and spelling skills in a wide range of subjects across the curriculum.

5-Day Unit Plan
Step-by-Step 20-30 minute sessions for whole-class work with optional independent extension activities. The short, daily sessions allow you to incorporate spelling, word structure and vocabulary expansion into your literacy block.

Differentiated Instruction

The pull-out Blueprints form the framework of your daily lessons and allow you to match your student’s needs. The Blueprints include brief instruction for each activity and include scaffolding suggestions to provide more support when needed and more challenge when children are ready.

Teaching Focus

  • Word Structure - Understanding Word Structure allows children to read, pronounce, and spell words correctly. They learn about syllable types, prefixes, suffixes, base words, and syllable division.

  • Vocabulary - Understanding the meaning of words and being able to predict the meaning of new words is vital for cognitive growth. By learning the most useful prefixes, suffixes, and word roots in English, children are empowered to understand thousands of other words they will encounter across the curriculum for years to come.

  • Spelling - Words have been carefully selected; many are frequently misspelled words. The spelling teaching goes well beyond just memorizing a few hundred spellings and definitions to learning the keys that open the meanings of thousands of words.

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Letterland instruction in Grade Three is devoted in much larger measure to deepening and broadening children’s vocabulary through research-based teaching. This teaching provides varied contexts for discussing and using new words. Students gain an understanding of the multiple meanings of many words, and a greater interest in words and language.

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Letterland Grade Three Pack

Letterland’s Grade Three Pack includes a Step-by-Step Teacher’s Guide with accompanying downloads, Copymasters, Posters and Word Study Cards - all designed to help you deliver an effective program to ensure your student’s progress well beyond a foundational knowledge of letter sounds, syllables and spellings and gain a thorough understanding of Word Structure (Morphology), Vocabulary, and Spelling.

Full List of Resources

Copymasters provide daily activities, Posters reinforce learning for easy visual reference, Word Study Cards are used to introduce new concepts and are carefully designed to provide quick visual reminders with Key Words and Phrases.

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Multi-sensory Learning
Every class is different, and there are many ways to learn. For every Unit, we provide optional Day 4 exercises that can be selected from an extensive range of downloadable resources. There are 30 Worksheets to consolidate Vocabulary skills and 30 Word Structure exercises which involve whole-class action. The multi-sensory exercises encourage students to move around the room using manipulatives – bringing their learning to life!

  • 6 Syllable types and Syllable Division: Syllable Division vccv, vcccv, vcv, Open, Closed, Magic e, Vowel Team,
    R-controlled, Consonant -le

  • 8 Latin roots: tract, rupt, spect, port, form, meter, photo, graph

  • 20 prefixes: in-, im-, mis-, un-, dis-, in-, il-, im-, ir-, pre-, re-, trans-, non-, en-, em-, uni-, bi-, tri-, cent-, centi-

  • 19 suffixes: -s, -es, -ly, -ed, -ing, -ic, -y, -er, -or, -tion, -ion, -ation, -ition, -able, -ible, -ous, -ious, -ment, -ness

  • 30+ Spelling patterns: Short Vowels, Digraphs (th, th, ch, sh, ph, wh), Schwa, o/u/, Long Vowels, Magic e (a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e), Soft c (ce, ci, cy), Soft g (ge, gi, gy), Long Vowel Teams (ee, ea, ai, ay, igh, ow, oa, ew, oo, o_e, ou, ough, eigh) R-controlled Vowels (ar, or, ore, ur, ir, er, ear, air, are, ear) Burnt out e, Contractions, Possessive Pronouns, Spelling with ie or ei, Sounds of y, changing y to i.

  • Spelling rules: Drop e rule, 1-1-1 rule 

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