Fantastic Websites, Games, and Learning Activities for Third Graders

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Third graders are curious, capable and eager to share their ideas. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of third grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families. 

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Language Arts Activities

Read.

Find stories about family, cultural identity, heroes, and more, in our list of 52 of favorite picks for third graders. 

And for free e-book options that you can download to your home device, check out this round-up of sources for free e-books. 

Write. 

Most 3rd graders have vivid imaginations and love to share their ideas. Have your child choose from these awesome writing prompts to write daily in their journals. Some examples: What is your favorite time of day and why?, I am proud of myself because …, What is your dream vacation and why?

Listen to audiobooks.

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Research shows that listening to fluent readers read aloud is one of the ways to build better readers. And lucky for us, many of our favorite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media. Some of the big names include Mac Barnett, Oliver Jeffers, and Peter Reynolds. For more, check out our Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds and Activities.

In addition, Audible is offering free audiobooks for kids during school closures.

Make a new friend.

It’s easier than ever in today’s virtual world to make a friend across the globe. Having a pen pal helps kids cultivate a global perspective and raises their global awareness. Check out these resources that help connect kids around the world.

Do word work activities.

Check out the website IXL for word work activities appropriate for 3rd graders. There are a variety of activities, from reading and writing strategies to vocabulary, grammar, and more. 

Math Activities

 Play math games.

Third Grade Math Games

Hands-on activities are an excellent way to practice and gain a deeper understanding of math concepts. Check out these fun ideas: Dominoes Multiplication, Roll and Race Division, and Fraction Match. For more ideas, click here. 

Learn card games.

An ordinary deck of playing cards can provide many ways for kids to practice math skills. You can use them for understanding the concept of Pi (Race to Pi), order of operations (Make 24), or multiplication fact families (Math Magic Trick). 

Read booksabout math. 

Storybooks are a great way to introduce and reinforce math concepts. Learn all about fractions with this book, Fractions in Disguise by Edward Einhorn.  For more titles, check out our list of Picture Books About Math. 

Have fun with area and perimeter.

From making mosaic art work and using snack foods to building a city, there are loads of ways to learn the concepts of area and perimeter. For a round-up of our favorite ideas,  click here. 

Practice skills the old fashioned way. 

While hands-on learning and math games are great ways to learn math, there is also a place for worksheets to give kids practice working independently. For a free packet of standards-based, printable math problems from EdHelper, follow this link. 

Science Activities

Tap into Nat Geo Learn at Home. 

National Geographic has been a trusted source for learning about the world around us since 1888. Their website is a treasure trove of information on topics such as Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Geography, and Physical Geography. Check out their free collection of third grade content including Seals vs. Sea Lions, Mapping World Heritage , Intro to Earth Dayand more. 

Learn about the life cycle.

An important part of the third grade science curriculum is studying life cycles. From videos and hands-on experiments to blog posts, here are 10 creative ways to learn about this fascinating topic. 

Make friends with a giraffe.