Summer reading is an important part of education, although many parents do not realize it. A child can either progress or go backwards over the summer in their reading skills. This gets even more important as a child ages. Third grade is a time for more independent reading, especially beginning chapter books. Make your child’s summer reading interesting and fun with these 4 great 3rd grade books.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Roald Dahl
Every kid has heard of this classic book. Willie Wonka had a rough childhood and decided he would stay a kid forever by working in a chocolate factory. Charlie won a golden ticket to visit the factory. This book is full of interesting oddities from shrinking children to those turned to blueberries. Little does Charlie know this is all a test.After reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory rent either the original movie from 1971 or the newer 2005 version to share with your kids.
Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy
I often had my students read this book during summer as geography skills are an important and often little taught skill. This book follows Lisa, whose 3rd grade class is studying maps. She decides to make a map of her dog, Penny’s secret hiding places. This book helps children to understand map,map making and to learn to read map symbols. Ensure that a local city or state map is nearby so children can interact with the book and learn even more about map making, map symbols and geography.
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Want to play a board game? Judy and Peter thought so when they found Jumanji abandoned in a local park. They had no idea what other worlds and strange events the game would lead them to.Thankfully for Judy and Peter, they read the instructions first that stated, ” Do not begin unless you intend to finish”. After playing through to its harrowing conclusion, they returned the board game to the park, only to find the neighbor’s boys, who do not read instructions, now have possession of the game! There is a movie related to the book, but it does not fully follow the plot. Parents might want to check the movie out first to see if they want to share it with their children.
Check your library for other great summer reading ideas for an up and coming third grader. Make reading fun with related field trips and family reading time. You and your child will benefit with great reading and memories to last a lifetime.