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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.

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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.

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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.

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. The multi-sensory exercises encourage students to move around the room using manipulatives – bringing their learning to life!

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.

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"Children who received the explicit instruction with...[Letterland] learned almost twice as many letter sounds."

— Roberts, 2021, p.7

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Teaching Scope


  • 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.


  • 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 rul

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