3rd Grade Academic Vocabulary: Daily activities to boost academic language

Grade Levels
3rd, Homeschool
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Limited vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary, can be a huge barrier to student success in third grade. In just 10 minutes per day, you can effectively build your 3rd graders’ academic language skills with vocabulary activities that focus on building a strong foundation word knowledge.

These simple, targeted vocabulary activities focus on Tier 2 vocabulary to help transition students from basic word recognition to application.


When used as a daily warm-up, it gives your students a chance to discuss and utilize academic language through the research-based format identified by Marzano and colleagues.


This bundle includes 36 purposefully selected vocabulary words commonly seen on third grade assessments and academic tasks, and daily practice scaffolds from identification to application and analysis as students build a deeper understanding.

Perfect for classroom use, intervention groups, or tutoring.


Monday: Introduction & part of speech

Tuesday: Define the word & create a non-linguistic representation (visualize)

Wednesday: Identify synonyms & antonyms

Thursday: Apply your knowledge through writing

Friday: Assess understanding & apply in context


• Instructional guide with implementation suggestions

• Word list

• Word cards for word walls or personal dictionaries

• 36 weeks of daily vocabulary warm-ups

• 4 Quarterly review quizzes to monitor retention

• Answer keys for review quizzes

This product is also available for the following grade levels:

2nd Grade Daily Academic Vocabulary

4th Grade Daily Academic Vocabulary

5th Grade Daily Academic Vocabulary

6th Grade Daily Academic Vocabulary

Middle School Daily Academic Vocabulary

Want to learn more? Check out this blog post about Daily Academic Vocabulary.


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Total Pages
98 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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