Use this list of 200 3rd grade vocabulary words throughout the year with the year with students in everyday conversations, in written assignments, and in subject-area instruction. Using these words regularly helps to enrich students' vocabularies.
Below my big list you'll find 100 of the words arranged in 10 categories and a second printable page. I compiled these lists after consulting multiple textbooks and online resources.
Printable list of 200 3rd grade vocabulary words
As a former elementary classroom teacher, here are my suggestions for using this great big word list:
I've selected 100 words from the big list above and arranged them in useful categories that will help students quickly understand their meanings. Print copies of this list so that students can keep one in their desks or at home to review at their leisure.
Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below.
Remember, these are words that students in third grade should be comfortable using orally. They may not be able to read and write them at first. But you can help them work on those skills, too! Does your child already know some of these words? That's great! Have fun using the words frequently in family or classroom discussions.
Transportation: tractor, wagon, ambulance, helicopter, submarine, spacecraft, vehicle, journey
Math: measurement, decimals, denominator, numerator, cylinder, sphere, cube, pyramid, prism, quotient
Science: predator, prey, endangered, decay, fossil, glacier, erosion, evaporation, climate, mineral
Human Body: tissue, organ, blood vessels, vertebrae, skull, kidneys, intestines, digestion, muscles, nerves, brain, spinal cord
Foods: pianist, neighbor, security guard, nurse, cashier, custodian, scientist, tourist, knight, magician
Places: carnival, cathedral, skyscraper, landmark, cellar, gallery, garden, balcony
Homophone Sets: allowed/aloud, peace/piece, close/clothes, heard/herd, main/mane, peer/pier, throne/thrown, paws/pause, pair/pear, foul/fowl, stair/state, threw/through
Adjectives: brief, brilliant, clever, disappointed, loyal, rare, responsible, ridiculous, unusual, valuable
Verbs: slumber, describe, repair, explore, wander, perform, avoid, recall, struggle, triumph
Animals: caterpillar, jellyfish, chipmunk, rhinoceros, oxen, squirrel, cocoon, bison, antlers, camouflage
This 3rd grade vocabulary word list is certainly not complete! Feel free to add even more 3rd grade homophones, math and science words, animal words and more!
Choose from these extension activities to give your child/students extra practice using words from the 3rd grade vocabulary word list. Add more activities of your own.
1) Write three sentences to answer one or more of these questions:
2) Work with a partner or family helper to write a story using at least 8 words on the list. Draw at least one picture about the story.
3) Write one sensible sentence that uses three words from the list that begin with the same letter.
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5th Grade Vocabulary Words - Boost your fifth graders' spoken and written vocabularies with this BIG list of 200 words, arranged in alphabetical order. I've also selected 100 of these words to put into 10 engaging topics. Try the extension activities for best results!
6th Grade Vocabulary Words - Improve your students' understanding of LOTS of areas of learning by covering these 200 important words! I've included many ways to put these words into use, and I have links to other related pages, too!
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Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.
Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.
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