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Third Grade Reading. Ms. Swihart. Greetings!. I know that I haven’t had the opportunity to introduce myself to most of you, but I look forward to being able to meet with you in the near future. As a brief intro: My name is Lauren Swihart

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Third grade reading

Third Grade Reading

Ms. Swihart


I know that I haven’t had the opportunity to introduce myself to most of you, but I look forward to being able to meet with you in the near future. As a brief intro:

  • My name is Lauren Swihart

  • I’m a graduate of CSU (B.F.A.) and of Regis University’s teacher licensure program

  • My experience in education includes roles as a teacher, substitute, and tutor in neighborhood schools and charter schools, low- and high- SES communities, grades PreK-8th, and in the subjects of general education, language arts, ELL, art, and Spanish

Our reading classroom activities
Our Reading Classroom Activities

  • Phonograms

    • Oral Phonogram Review (OPR)

      Teacher shows flashcards, students practice saying sounds

    • Written Phonogram Review (WPR)

      Teacher gives sounds, students write phonogram

    • Thursday: Phonogram Test (written)

  • Spelling

    • Monday: Pre-test words introduced the previous week; Homework checklist sent home

    • Monday - Thursday: Introduce 20 new words/week, practice sounding them out, and discuss markings/rules (why they are spelled the way they are)

    • Friday: Review and test on words introduced the previous week

Our reading classroom activities cont
Our Reading Classroom Activities (cont.)

  • Guided Reading

    • Open Court or picture books

    • Read alouds, partner, and independent reading

    • Introduce and practice comprehension skills

    • Assessments: MC, short answer, and essay questions for each story

  • Read Aloud

    • Picture or chapter books

    • Used periodically to practice comprehension skills

  • Fluency/Comprehension Lessons, Practice Activities, and Assessments

    These include games, centers, group activities,

    independent practice, one-on-one instruction,

    online practice, creative projects, etc.


  • Weekly

    • 20 minutes of reading per night (recorded in reading log which is due the 1st of each month; these can be found on the 3rd Grade website)

    • Phonograms: please check the AA 3rd Grade website for resources; 3rd graders should automatically know the sounds of all 70 phonograms

    • Spelling: “Choose Your Homework”

  • Additional Homework

    • Will be sent home as needed for additional practice in comprehension, fluency, or vocabulary skills

    • Projects: Students will have several projects/book reports to complete throughout the year to go with the current reading unit


  • AA Website -> Third Grade -> Ms. Swihart

  • Updated periodically

  • Spelling lists updated weekly

  • I regularly make small adjustments to routines/instruction to meet the unique needs of my students. Please check back for any changes

  • Technology and Resources: Look for links/downloads that will be helpful in enhancing your child’s reading education outside the classroom


  • Please don’t hesitant to contact me with any questions and concerns about your child’s reading class

  • Email: [email protected]

  • Phone: 720-292-5286