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Third Grade Phonics/Word Study

Course Description

In this course, students build on the language and literacy foundational skills established in the primary grades. The course is structured, systematic, phonic-based (matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters), multisensory, and scaffolded to include a written spelling component.

Grade Level(s): Third Grade

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  K-5 Missouri Learning Standards & ELA Priority Standards

Essential Questions

  • How do readers create meaning from informational and literary texts?
  • How does a student become a skilled reader?
  • How do phonemic awareness and phonics impact learning to read?
  • How do sound and letter relationships help a student learn to write?

Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

  • Students will decode multisyllabic words in context and independent of context by applying common spelling patterns 
  • Students will use the meaning of common prefixes and suffixes
  • Students will understand the meaning of homophones

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

  • Lessons 1-15: Short Vowels, Blends, and Sight Word Review
  • Lessons 16-25: Compound Words, Suffixes, and Sight Words
  • Lessons 26-70: Syllable Types and Sight Words
  • Lessons 71-80: Prefixes, Syllable Division, and Sight Words 
  • Lessons 81-100: Suffixes, Syllable Division, and Sight Words
  • Lessons 101-110: Contractions, Doubling Rules, and Sight Words 
  • Lessons 111-125: Prefixes, Contractions, and Syllable Division
  • Lessons 126-170: Contractions, Suffixes, and Sight Words
  • Lessons 171-180: Doubling Rule and e Rule Review

Course Resources & Materials: Sonday System Essentials

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022