Year 3 Spelling: Worksheets and Activities.
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In Year 3, students must keep developing their spelling and phonics skills. As they grow up, they will be learning more complex spellings, making use of dictionaries to check words they don’t know.
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Year 3 spelling on the national curriculum.
Not only are students expected to revise over the material they learned in Year 1 and Year 2 , but they will also dabble into Year 4 material, preparing them for KS2.
Years 3 and 4 share the same spelling words, according to the national curriculum. Therefore, students should be supported in areas they may find challenging.
What Year 3 focuses on
Besides covering the phonics they have previously learnt, students will continue to work on their spelling and phonetic knowledge.
Beginning with vowel letters to words that are more than one syllable
As we know, prefixes go at the beginning of words. Students will focus on prefixes such as un -, dis – and mis – to create negative meanings.
Dis appoint, mis behave and in active.
This also includes plural words. If you would like more info on apostrophes, click here .
Homophones are tricky words that sound the same but have completely different meanings, and sometimes, different spellings.
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Learning to use the dictionary is something Year 3 and 4 students can expect as they come closer to finishing KS1. Dictionaries are ideal to check their spelling. Additionally, students will have to use the dictionary in KS2, therefore it is important to get students ready.
How spelling is taught
In Year 3, students share the same statutory requirements as Year 4 students for their spelling. Teachers use various methods to help their Year 3 class learn their spellings, from word searches to classic worksheets.
Students will also be expected to do out-of-school learning where they revise their spelling words for the week. Most students have a small notebook to practise spelling, however, online interactive games are also used for homework.
Finding the right resources for your classroom can sometimes be a bit of a “hit ‘Nd miss”, but, it is important to keep trying different things in the classroom. After all, we are all different, including our way of learning. What might work for one student, might be challenging for the other.
That’s why engaging and fun activities are a great suggestion for when learning new things.
Working with Plurals
This worksheet focuses on the suffixes of some words. The goal is that students understand “ -s ” and “ -es ” suffixes, and what happens when we add them to the end of words.
Silent Letter Worksheets
Silent letters in the English language are those that are not pronounced. For example Gnome, Knight, Knowledge. However, that does not mean we can spell them incorrectly. Students in Year 3 must be aware of these letters to spell tricky words. We have created a worksheet for your classroom to complete.
Emile “look, say, cover, write and check” Worksheets
Worksheets are a classic way of helping students spell better. Following the “look, say, cover, spell, and check” method, students can fully learn the required words given by the government on the National Curriculum.
These worksheets are for Year 3 and Year 3 and 4, following the appendix on the National Curriculum. Download them for free below!
A good way to engage your students with spelling is by using interactive games. Learning with Emile has been designed by teachers for teachers and students. Learning with Emile has tons of resources, especially for spelling and phonics.
If you haven’t tried Learning with Emile, why not request your free demo today!
Choose 10 words from your Year 3 spelling word list. The game is simple, you simply say the word aloud and ask students to spend a minute illustrating that word. First, they must spell it on a piece of paper, or in their notebook, then they can draw the word, write it again in different colours – the choice is theirs.
This activity ensures that students spend at least ten minutes of their day learning their spelling words for the week. Students shouldn’t feel like they are competing with their classmates, but instead to compete with themselves. By challenging ourselves, we are able to develop new skills, learn new information and gain confidence!
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Need some ideas for spelling homework? Check out the gigantic list below of great ideas! You'll find the first 20 ideas here, and the remaining ones here . Each idea can be used with any list of weekly spelling words. Choose the ones that work best for your grade level. Vary the activities frequently.
Note: You might also want to consider our new AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks . They are full of ideas for lots of spelling practice with any spelling words. The 3 eBooks provide practice with creative writing, word play, and partner games. Check them out !
Printable List of Spelling Homework Ideas
1. Write each word 5 times, using a different color each time.
2. Type your spelling words 10 times, using a different font each time.
3. Create a comic strip. Add captions that use 5 of your words.
4. Write the words in ABC order.
5. Write the words in reverse ABC order.
6. Write a TV ad for a product that uses 5 of your spelling words.
7. Find each word in the dictionary. Copy a definition for each one.
8. Cut each spelling word out of a newspaper or magazine. Glue all the words on a piece of paper.
9. Write a sentence for each spelling word, but leave out the spelling words. List all the words on the page. Ask a family member to add the correct spelling word to each sentence.
Remember: Spelling homework not only prompts students to practice their spelling words. It can also help engage family members in the learning process.
10. Find each word in the dictionary. Write the page number on which it appears and the guide words at the top of the page.
11. Write each word in a sentence. Make pictures for 3 sentences.
12. Write your spelling words. Add a rhyming word next to each one.
13. Write a story that uses 10 spelling words. Remember: Spelling homework not only prompts students to practice their spelling words. It can also help get family members involved in the learning process.
14. Scramble each spelling word. Have a family member unscramble the words and sign your paper.
15. Spell your words with alphabet pasta. Glue them onto paper.
16. Cut out paper letters for half of the words and glue onto paper.
17. Make a word search puzzle in which you hide all of your spelling words. Give it to a family member to solve and sign.
18. For a different type of word search, draw a Boggle-type game board. Make sure it contains at least 5 of your spelling words. See if a family member can find the spelling words.
19. Make two copies of your spelling words on index cards. Use the cards to play a memory or "Concentration" game with a family member.
20. Write each word forwards and backwards.
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At the beginning of the week , give students a written list of 5 of these ideas. Ask them to complete them in any order throughout the week.
Or, make a monthly spelling calendar. Write a different idea on the calendar for each school day in the month.
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Need more ideas? See this list of 20 more homework ideas and/or our AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks .
Fun spelling practice ideas - Great ways for kids to help each other practice writing almost any spelling words. Time saver for you!
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Throughout Year 3 children are expected to learn how to spell the 40 new words which are commonly used in reading and writing.
Suffixes are groups of letters that can be added to a root word. Suffixes change the meaning of a word to make a new word.
If the word ends with y , change the y into i and add ly .
happ y + i + ly = happ i ly bus y + i + ly = bus i ly
Words ending in al .
natur al actu al capit al
Words ending in sure make the zhuh sound.
trea sure plea sure lei sure
Words ending in ture make the chuh sound.
pic ture mix ture cap ture
A prefix is a group of letters that are added to a root word. Prefixes change the meaning of a word to make a new word.
Prefixes beginning with mis make the opposite of the word.
mis trust mis place mis spell
Prefixes beginning with dis make the opposite of the word.
dis appear dis like dis colour
Prefixes bi & re
Prefixes beginning with bi mean two or twice.
bi cycle bi annual bi plane
Prefixes beginning with re mean again or back.
re pay re build re apply
Words with ou
These words have the short u sound, spelt ou .
t ou ch r ou gh t ou gh
Words with ch
These words have the sh sound, spelt ch .
ch ef ma ch ine bro ch ure
These words end with ary .
libr ary prim ary sal ary
Words ending with gue or que
Words ending in gue make the g sound.
pla gue va gue lea gue
Words ending in que make the k sound.
uni que che que techni que
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Year 3 / 4 Common Exception Words Spelling Activities (Set 1)
Age range: 7-11
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2 October 2018
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This is the first set in the series of activities to practise the spellings of Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words. The activities in this set are based on the first 10 words of the list - accidentally, actually, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath, breathe.
The activities include : page 1 - mini word lists page 2 - Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check activity pages 3 -7 - Word flash cards (2 per page of A4) pages 8 - 9 - Word search (with answers) page 10 - Make a sentence activity page 11 - 12 - Missing words activity (with answers) page 13 - iPad spelling activity page 14 - credits
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This is pretty good material for essential learning of HF and CE words. It has several different strategies to choose from to teach your child to spell. I will be looking out for more like this.
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