Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 3 Spring Reading
Read Books
Connect with School Staff
Use Resources
Here are some of the things you can do to help your child learn…
  1. Be a Reading Role Model
    Be a Reading Role Model
    Provide a good role model - read yourself and read often to your child.
  2. What are you Picturing?
    What are you Picturing?
    Ask your child: What are you picturing in your mind as you read the story?
  3. Set a Time to Read
    Set a Time to Read
    Establish a reading time and read with your child for 20 minutes.
  4. Replace Television with Reading
    Replace Television with Reading
    Establish one evening week for reading (instead of television viewing).
  5. Use Mentor Texts
    Use Mentor Texts
    Mentor texts are pieces of literature that you can return to and reread for many different purposes. Texts are read aloud to students and discussed. Suggested Mentor Texts: Dinosaur Chase; The Runaways: Zelda & Ivy, Tumbleweed Stew
If your child gets stuck on a word...
When reading with your child encourage all their reading efforts and if they are stuck on a word:

  • Tell them to read letter sounds together
  • Ask them does that look right?
  • Ask them does that make sense?
  • Ask them does it sound right?
  • Look at the picture to figure out a word
  • Reread the sentence to see if it makes sense with the story
Connect with the School
Your child'€™s teacher is available to answer questions about your child's progress and what they are learning in class.  Be sure to attend conferences, contact your child'€™s teacher via email, notes, and/or phone calls. Attend school events (i.e., Open House, Parent Math Night, etc.), as well. Review any work that comes home (corrected papers, classwork or homework) to see what your child is working on in class.  Keep the lines of communication open. Email or call the teacher when you have questions.
Questions you can ask the teacher:  
  • What should my child'€™s reading level be at this point in the year?
  • In addition to the learning goals in this guide, what else is my child expected to learn?
  • How is my child'€™s progress measured throughout the year?
  • Is my child on grade level? If not, what support will the school offer my child? How can I help at home?
  • ​If my child is at or above grade level, what extra enrichment and support will the school offer? How can I help at home? 
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