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Are you ready for 3rd grade?

1.  3rd graders should enter 3rd grade being able to read 75 words in one minute on a timed, grade-level passage.

3rd grade fluency passage- time the child for 1 minute reading the passage below. Total the words read and SUBTRACT any words missed or unknown.  This is your child's fluency score. 75wpm when they enter 3rd grade and 120wpm when they exit 3rd grade.

A Present From Me

I wanted to take my stepmother out to dinner for her birthday and pay for our dinner with my own money. I wanted it to be a surprise and I wanted it to be just from me. The problem was, I didn’t have any money! I went out to try to find ways to earn money. The lady who lives in the apartment upstairs said she wanted to get rid of all her empty soda cans and bottles. She said I could keep the money for the deposit if I took all of the cans and bottles back to the store. It took me five trips, but I got them all taken back to the store. The man in the apartment downstairs said I could walk his dog after supper every night for two weeks. Our neighbor lady said she could use some help putting out the trash and getting rid of old newspapers. One lady in our building said she would like some help with her groceries, but she couldn’t afford to pay me. I helped her anyway. She said she would give me some flowers to give to my stepmother. The day before her birthday I asked Mom if she would go on a date with me for dinner. She was surprised when I paid for the dinner with the money I had earned. She made me tell her where I had gotten the money. Then she gave me a big hug and said it was the best birthday present ever. I think she liked the flowers the best of all. 


2.  Have your child log into their current Study Island account.

Look on the LEFT HAND SIDE for  * GA Programs and click 

then choose 3rd grade from the drop down menu and tap on ELA in the middle of the screen.

Click on the blue words Diagnostic test and take the 30 question test over 3rd grade ELA concepts.  This score will show how your child performs before beginning 3rd grade.  It serves as a pretest score for the student.

  a. Diagnostic Test


3.  Go to the public library and check ou books or READ books from home. READING is the key to being a better student.  If your child is a good reader, then he or she will have that obstacle behind them and be ready to learn how to comprehend, compare/contrast, determine the main idea, identify cause/effect, and use sequence to better understand what they are reading.

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