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Learning new words doesn’t have to be difficult! Today we are sharing 9 vocabulary activities for third graders that are so much fun and a great way to improve speech.

We are sure that after a few activities, your 3rd grade students will find their favorite way to learn new words and start improving their speaking and reading skills in no time.

Let’s enhance our child’s vocabulary!

Engaging Activities For Vocabulary Practice

There are funner ways to help kids increase their vocabulary list and what the word means without repeating word lists over and over!

Learning new vocabulary words is a primordial part of improving kids’ reading comprehension skills, and speaking and listening skills. There are many different ways to do it, but the important thing is to remember there’s no ‘best way’!

These fun activities we are sharing are a great choice for parents with 3rd graders at home or a 3rd grade primary teacher looking for more vocabulary practice activities for their reading curriculum. We have everything, from printable activities and vocabulary cards to reading games and fill in the blank sentences.

Let’s get started!

This is such a fun activity!

1. Fun & Free Day of the Dead Sight Word Vocabulary Worksheets

Celebrate Day of the Dead holiday traditions while strengthening students’ vocabulary with these Dia de los Muertos sight word worksheets. Through a word bank, they’ll have such a rich vocabulary at the end of the class!

Here’s a great way to learn 3rd grade vocabulary.

2. Fill in the Blanks Vocabulary Worksheet

Here is a fun way to practice student-friendly definitions, perfect for creating a great story or simply learning exciting, interesting words too. From All Kids Network.

This will make reading 3rd grade level texts easier.

3. Academic vocabulary words for 3rd graders

These academic vocabulary words for third graders are used often, across all subjects. This will help third graders have a better vocabulary and can better understand what they read and hear! From Great Schools.

Let’s learn the different parts of speech.

4. Building Vocabulary Activities in A 3rd Grade Classroom

Try these activities to learn root words, new words, and build vocabulary in a way that is fun to set up and engaging for students. From Glitter in Third.

Have you tried context clues?

5. Engaging Vocabulary Review Ideas

Here are some ideas to help children build vocabulary. Many of these vocabulary activities are collaborative and would work best with student partners or groups. From Sweet Tooth Teaching.

Games are also a great way to learn!

6. 10 Games to Play with any Vocabulary Word

Students will remember more when they are having fun! Here are ten different games that are super simple and can be played with any list of words. From Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher.

Teaching vocabulary is essential!

7. Vocabulary Games for Any Word List

Vocabulary games are a great way to engage students and give them some unique practice using and exploring their vocabulary words.  Try these 5 games from Cierra Harris Teaching.

Try this activity!

8. Editable vocabulary game

Looking for a meaningful vocabulary game to help your learners master those words? Try this game! The first to end, wins! From The Measured Mom.

Let’s get creative with these activities!

9. Muffin Tin Reading Game

A simple muffin tin can be the base for a variety of literacy games, like learning spelling patterns, sight words, and more. From Growing Book by Book.


  • These jungle word search printables are so much fun – and educational too.
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  • Whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, kids of all ages will enjoy this Thanksgiving word search worksheet.
  • Let’s have some fun with rhymes today!
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  • Don’t go without downloading these rainbow sight words for kindergarten.

Which vocabulary activity is your kid going to try first?

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This bundle has EVERYTHING you need to teach, practice, and assess vocabulary for a full year! It brings together all four of my vocabulary units for 3rd grade. Each one covers nine weeks for a total of 36 weeks of vocabulary instruction!


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“WOW!!!  This bundle has EVERYTHING you need to teach vocabulary throughout the entire year.  Very detailed lessons and great graphic organizers.” – Casey K.

A robust vocabulary is fundamental! Without it, students will struggle with reading comprehension, writing, and even understanding the instructions for standardized testing. The solution is simple: by increasing your students’ vocabulary words and skills, you’ll set them up for overall school success. But how?

I researched many blog posts and books about vocabulary and word acquisition and distilled all of it into my Not So Wimpy Teacher vocabulary system. My system is simple and manageable for the classroom, yet powerful. It will get your students excited about word study!

This bundle has EVERYTHING you need to teach, practice, and assess vocabulary for a full year! It brings together all four of my vocabulary units for 3rd grade. Each one covers nine weeks for a total of 36 weeks of vocabulary instruction!

Bought separately, all four units would cost $40. So this bundle is an incredible value!


How It Works:

Each unit has a weekly plan and detailed directions for teaching vocabulary each day of the week. For each week, I’ve selected high-frequency words from grade level texts and tests. So your students will learn tier-2 words they’ll absolutely encounter in text and on standardized testing.

**Would you like to learn how I use these vocabulary units? Click HERE to view a free video on how to implement these vocabulary units.**


What’s Inside:

  • 4 vocabulary units that are each taught over 9 weeks (for a total of 36 weeks, or, a full year!)
  • A weekly plan for teaching vocabulary with detailed directions for each day of the week
  • 5 tier-2 vocabulary words for each week of the year (that’s a total of 180 words!)
  • A weekly teacher guide with the 5 weekly words, definitions, synonyms, antonyms, sentences, and parts of speech
  • A student vocabulary list for each week with student-friendly definitions of the 5 weekly words
  • A weekly “wow!” word that focuses on prefixes and suffixes and their meanings
  • Vocabulary word cards for each week that can be used as a flashcard, in a pocket chart, or for vocabulary socials (directions included) and games
  • Every-other-week assessments that cover 10 words
  • Assessment answer keys
  • Student data-tracking forms to keep a record of student growth and intervention needs
  • A special lesson plan for week nine to help students review the 40 words they’ve had during the previous eight weeks
  • Summative assessments to be given for the end of each unit
  • Game boards with directions
  • 8 vocabulary task cards that can be used for extra practice in centers or as a fast finisher activity
  • Directions for assembling the vocabulary journal
  • Cover, dividers, and graphic organizers to be used in the vocabulary journal


Commonly Asked Questions

Q: Where did you find the words?

A: The words are high-frequency words from grade level texts and tests.


Q: What are tier-2 words?

A: Tier-2 words are words that students will see often, but need to be taught. They are not content-specific such as math and science vocabulary. Instead, they are words that students will see over and over in their books and on standardized tests.


Q: What do you do with the words from the reading curriculum?

A: Honestly, I used those words for practice with context clues rather than memorization. I found that they were not words that students were regularly seeing in their books anyway. If you do need to add in your basal words, they could easily be added to the vocabulary journal. They just would not appear in the pre-made assessments.



The following units are included in this bundle:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4


Also available for:

Second Grade Vocabulary Bundle

Fourth Grade Vocabulary Bundle

Fifth Grade Vocabulary Bundle


If you are looking for more information about how I teach vocabulary in my classroom, check out this post:

Teaching Meaningful Vocabulary Lessons

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Vocabulary dictation No. 1

Lesson No. 8

Frog, black, bear, four, holiday, sorry, Monday, together, walking, north, then, walnut.

Vocabulary dictation No. 2

Lesson No. 16

Month, tomato, suddenly, dinner, powder, stairs, tractor, shore, skates, furniture, Moscow, hello.

Vocabulary dictation No. 3

Lesson No. 25

Rowan, about, Friday, bullfinch, bed, once, dishes, Saturday, feeling, surname, drawing, collection.

Vocabulary dictation No. 4

Lesson No. 32

Sunday, animal, carnation, hero, flat, sand, breakfast, friendly, tram, camomile, interesting, comrade, kilogram, neat.

Vocabulary dictation No. 5

Lesson No. 39

Crow, cabbage, shovel, frost, rooster, guys, dog, plate, good, tongue.

Vocabulary dictation №6

Lesson №47

Motherland, plant, berry, vegetables, apartment, teacher, Russian, language, city, village.

Vocabulary dictation No. 7

Lesson No. 55

Potatoes, cabbage, garden, raspberries, north, November, frost, room, apartment, tractor.

Vocabulary dictation No. 8

Lesson No. 62

Motherland, room, apartment, painting, drawing, pencil, pencil case, Russian, children, album, landscape, portrait. Lesson 70 Lesson 78

Vocabulary dictation No. 11

Lesson No. 87

Suddenly, commission, swamp, combiner, library, vinaigrette, plant, metal, back, strawberry, blizzard, highway.

Vocabulary dictation No. 12

Lesson No. 99

Kilogram, shop, ahead, appetite, harvester, carrot, birch, tomorrow, interesting, breakfast, animal, potato.

Vocabulary dictation No. 13

Lesson No. 104

Driver, hot, around, hello, felt boots, sand, oats, hammer, lilac, ready, weather, cabbage, December.

Vocabulary dictation No. 14

Lesson No. 112

Feeling, excursion, yesterday, peas, story, solve, sugar, Kremlin, once,

car, slowly, February.

Vocabulary dictation No. 15

Lesson No. 120

Address, bus, luggage, hero, goodbye, west, here, everywhere, boots, soccer car, hockey.

Vocabulary dictation No. 16

Lesson No. 126

Capital, November, lunch, tractor, north, wheat, rocket, picture, month, alley, tram, passenger.

Vocabulary dictation No. 17

Lesson No. 133

Sparrow, once, car, slowly, February, combiner, library, notebook, language, north,

Vocabulary dictations

Approximate number of words for dictionary dictations: grade 3 — 10-12 words.

Characteristics of the digital mark (grade):

«5» («excellent») — no errors.

«4» («good») — 1 error.

«3» («satisfactory») — 2-3 errors.

«2» («bad») — 4 or more errors.

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Work on vocabulary words (from work experience.) | Methodological development in the Russian language (Grade 3) on the topic:


(From work experience)

Vocabulary words, like the multiplication table, must be known by heart. That’s just the multiplication table is placed on half a notebook page, and vocabulary words — a huge thick dictionary, and the writing of these words defies any logic. They must be taught and taught, often returning to the same word. It is good if the child reads a lot and has developed intuition and memory. And if for several years he cannot remember the spelling of the words «palm» and «shovel»?

The work of spelling dictionary words is difficult and painstaking. It continues from lesson to lesson, remaining in memory after the teacher uses special techniques.

An integrated approach to the study of vocabulary words.

Vocabulary words are divided into topics. Each topic has 6 words. Work with one group of words is carried out during the week.

Monday. Recording of words, designation of stress, selection of orthograms.

Tuesday. Recording vocabulary words, the formation of single-root words.

Wednesday. Make sentences with these words.

Thursday. Recording words with missing spellings on cards.

Friday. Vocabulary dictation (small text, phrases).

Diverse work with the dictionary in the textbook.

Work with the dictionary in the textbook.

Write down words on one topic.

Write down words with the same spelling.

Write down the words that answer the questions (parts of speech).

Form phrases with the given words.

To these words, choose words that are opposite in meaning, close in meaning.

Write down 4-5 words that can be called one word.

Write down 4–5 words in which the stress falls on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th syllable, mark the spelling.

Write down words with the same number of sounds and letters less, more (phonetics).

To teach children to compose simple puzzles with dictionary words (permutation, replacement of letters, adding letters at the beginning or end of a word, excluding sound, letters from a word).

An exercise aimed at graphic memorization of the image of a word: copying with spelling highlighting.

Visual dictation with preliminary analysis.

Writing words from memory on a specific topic, followed by checking: write words from memory, put / after the last word, open a dictionary, check words, add unfinished words after the line.

Teaching dictation. Vocabulary words are written on the board. Write out only those in the spelling of which the students doubt. The words on the blackboard close up. Dictation recording. Mutual checking, self-checking according to the model on the board.

There are 8 words written on the board: 4 words from the dictionary, 4 words without spelling. Write out words with spelling.

Material for work on topics.

Unpronounceable consonants.

1. Sun, holiday, stairs, reed, heart, feeling, sad, starry, area, pasture, famous, neighbourhood, agency.

2. Flattering, honest, idle, rainy, domineering, valiant, selfish, sorrowful, furious.

3. Dutch tulips, a dangerous journey, a verbal portrait, delicious food, participate in the Russian language Olympiad, feel bitterness in the mouth, my peers, the same age.

Double consonants.

1. Alley, appetite, bisector, bath, spring, villa, rebellion, gamma, gram, grammar, group, dollar, trainer, yeast, buzz, illusion, illustration, intellectual.

2. Cadillac, cash register, cassette, kilogram, class, colleague, college, collective, column, businessman, cottage, cross, crossword, sneakers, mass, massage, metal, billion, million, milligram, millimeter, juniper.

Separator b and b.

1. Mouth, casting, dress, blizzard, feathers, drinking, nightingales, bindweed, guest, sew, draw, Ivan da Marya, nesting.

2. Congress, volume, pre-anniversary, announcement, filming, adjutant, present, disheveled, defect, lens, explain, conjuncture.

3. Hare and fox footprints, emerald necklace, Nuclear-free zone, champignon broth, steep climb, I’ll drink a cup of black coffee, supernatural power, neighbor Natalya Anatolyevna, gold embroidery, a broken horse, composer Ilya Tchaikovsky.

4. Cow’s milk, just a feast for the eyes, poor health, impenetrable mud, a filming day, hugging, on fire, first grader Maryana, Kuzma Savelyevich, embroider a tablecloth, reliable companion.

Spelling prefixes.

1. Poberezovik, boletus, hillock, hillock, duvet cover, departure, saying, proverb, district, subsidence, squat, window sill.

2. Coastal, backyard, foothill, sunflower, sky-high, authentic, sloping, frozen, rich.

3. Re-read, review, lie down, dobre, write off, make, chop, pull back, tear off, lead, chant, calculate, grind.

4. Face reddened from the cold, fascinating story, pedestrian crossing, fabric of original colors, reclining on the sofa, kind, kind magician, come closer to the window, children’s shoes, go crazy with fear.

Spelling prefixes.

1. seaside, Caucasian, envious, lilac, reddish, Russian, Russian, bitterish, Swedish.

2. Lapischa, nest, feather, wing, house, builder, bear cub, jackdaw, fox, chick, speck, drummer.

3. Citric acid, flashlight, thick raspberries, foggy distance, swan song, mouse fuss, leather armchair, pewter, silver bracelet, sandy shore, clay pot, wooden shoes, glass decanter, sleepy child.

4. A drawing, a horn, a mole, a fontanel, a dear, rye, a saber, a shoemaker, a shoemaker, a beetroot, a peer, a lamp, a lightish one, a firefly, a hearty one, a draft, a starling, a daredevil, an educator, a little dog, a bedroom, a figurine.

Vowels after hissing and c.

1. Iron, gutter, gutter, acorn, acorn, wifey, hard, harsh, crane, jury, move, chaise longue, wool, wool, parachute, brochure, dandy, flaunt, clatter, duke, cement, chick-chick aviation , rehearsal.

2. Brocade outfit, cumulus clouds, hedgehog needles, wrestling carpet, calico kerchief, palace coup, horsetail thickets, borscht dressing, fighting dogs, chick age, candy canes, noodle soup, raincoat fabric.

Spelling of unstressed case endings

nouns of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declension.

1. On a rowan branch, ate blackberries and cloudberries, visited France with dad, lily petals and orchids, went to the village to Uncle Vanya and Aunt Valya, a film about the flora and fauna of Australia, sat under an aspen.

2. Soared in the sky, cellar under the house, bought a ticket to the planetarium, lived by the sea, went to the edge of the coast, returned from Yekaterinburg, told about the journey along Kryu, the Pacific coast.

3. Under the shade of a lilac, a parade on Red Square, frightened eyes of a doe, a letter from a mother to her daughter, came very close to the lynx, needed help, held it in his palm, lowered the whip, was bored from laziness, was in disgrace with the king.

4. Leaves of bird cherry and hazel, protect yourself from the flames of a fire, bought a brooch in a store, pinned a brooch to a dress, went on an expedition to the Urals, with my sister and brother, grains of wheat and buckwheat.

Indeclinable nouns.

1. Announce on the radio, metro station, lilac coat, rush along the highway, in a bright orange flower pot, a man in a black silk hat.

2. Variegated hummingbird wings, kiwi taste good, drink cocoa, on a wide avenue, dine in a bistro, fail, in apricot jelly, in a satin kimono, buy a movie ticket.

Spelling of verbs in the past tense.

1. I saw from a distance, the snow melted, yesterday we flew out, improved my health in a sanatorium, set a trap for the beast, everything depended on me.

2. Sowed flower seeds, dug a hole, lit the way with headlights, helped friends out of trouble, grew up out of the ground, expressed a desire to play the guitar, pulled ahead, understood the lesson, had breakfast at eleven o’clock, took the oath, pledged the enemy to surrender, planned something unkind.

Spelling not with verbs.

1. I didn’t see the white light from a headache, I didn’t see this picture, I was very indignant, don’t lose sight of it, don’t bother me to read, we don’t subscribe to newspapers and magazines.

2. Disliked me for some reason, dad was perplexed, can’t swim, never deceives anyone, you don’t know the rules of the road, don’t sit at the computer for a long time, the snowdrops haven’t bloomed yet, the buds haven’t opened on the trees, while eating put your elbows on the table, he has been unwell since last night.

Types of work with vocabulary words.

Dictations for dating.

From the first letters of each word, make a new word and write it down. Divide words into syllables.

1. Hawk, cheetah, donkey, porcupine, stork. (berry)

2. Cancer, alley, dog, tiger, raccoon, rhinoceros, oriole, huntsman. (Plant)

3. Wasps, pigeon, snake, lynx, hedgehogs, owl, black grouse, crow, wasps. (cucumber)

4. Snake, hedgehog, bear, fox, hawk, rhino, oriole, cobra, stork. (strawberry)

5. Ponies, wasps, jellyfish, oriole, thrush, donkey, fish. (tomato)

Parrot, chimpanzee, raccoon, burbot, oriole, chicken, stork. (Wheat)

Lexical dictations.

Replace each sentence with one word.

1. A small fruit of some plants (for example: currants, raspberries) (berry)

2. Root crops grown in garden beds. (vegetables)

3. An organism that usually develops in a stationary state, receiving nourishment from soil and air. (plant)

4. Garden plant with an oblong green fruit. (cucumber)

5. Cereal, as well as its grains, from which white flour is made. (wheat).

6. Garden plant with round juicy fruit. (tomato)

7. Large sweet berry. (watermelon)

8. A perennial herbaceous plant that produces sweet red berries. (strawberry)

9. A plant of the legume family, as well as its large seeds. (peas)

Visual and auditory dictations.

Fill in the missing letters, expand the brackets. Write down proverbs from dictation.

2._cucumber loves that order too.

3. The knife is blunt, and the owner is stingy.

5. Maiden’s k_sa — for the whole M, the square is beautiful.

6. I wish you a good speech and listen.

Combined dictations.

In one column write down the words with unstressed vowels being checked, in the other — with unstressed vowels.

Berry, redness, vegetables, plant, strawberry, baby, cucumber, words, beard, household, wheat, tomato, green.

In the right column, write down the words in which the letter o is written instead of the unstressed vowel sound, and in the second — a.

Berry, bridges, vegetables, grass, plant, water, cucumber, sugar, thunderstorm, household, crow, tomato, feeder, plant.

Dictation of tongue twisters.

Read the tongue twister quickly and clearly. Remember and write down.

1. Our path is strewn with peas.

Take a spoon and eat peas.

3. Makar gave caramel to Roman,

A novel to Makar KarAndash.

Etymological dictation.

Write down the words according to their origin. Divide them into syllables.

1. The word came from the obsolete root — yag- and the suffix -od-. (berry)

2. The word comes from the verb grow, once related to the word kind. (plant)

3. Curious in the name of this berry is that different languages ​​build it very similarly, they are certainly associated with the concept of «earth». The Poles have a drifting snow, the Germans have an erdbere — «ground berry». (Strawberry)

4. The word came from the Italian language tomato — «golden apples» (tomato).

5. Diminutive of the word horse. (skates)

6. In the old days, the word “lopa” meant “leaf”. It is wide like a leaf, literally — «wide as a leaf.» (shovel)

7. This word came from the word millet (a type of cereal). It was formed from the old word «infantry» — «Push, crush.» (wheat)

Dictations with phraseological units.


1. Fill in the missing word.

2. Write down phraseological phrases from dictation, underline the dictionary word.

3. The teacher reads phraseological phrases without dictionary words.

1.Pip on your tongue.

2. One field berry.

3. Shoot sparrows with a cannon.

4. Like a cucumber.

5. She brought a magpie on her tail.

6. They live like a cat and a dog.

7. Loop like a hare.

«Reverse» phraseological dictation.

Replace each sentence with a phraseological phrase.

1. O healthy man. (Like a cucumber)

2. An unkind wish to someone who talks too much. (Pip on your tongue)

3. Skillfully obscure the tracks. (Dodge like a hare)

4. About people similar in some way to each other. (One field berry)

Dictation of synonyms.

Choose a dictionary word-synonym and write it down.

Tomato, boy, zipun, clubfoot, cold, scarf, suit, father, fatherland, teacher.

(Tomato, boy, coat, bear, scarf, clothes, father, motherland, teacher).

Dictations with related words.

Take dictation.

1. Russian, suburb, tongue, village, metropolitan, teacher’s, father’s, settlement, tongued, native.

2. City, metropolitan, stepfather, teacher, language, village, Russified, village, capital, fatherland.

3. Settlement, domestic, small village, tongued, apartment, coaster, handkerchief, strawberry, lemonade.

Letter from memory.

Write the correct word from the dictionary by the first letter and by the number of letters.







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Berry, north, frost, lemon, moon, axe, peas/city, rooster/pencil case.

The exercises are designed to carry out vocabulary and spelling work in the Russian language lessons and allow you to simultaneously solve spelling and speech problems. Word-building tasks are of a developmental nature and contribute to a better memorization of the spelling of words with unchecked spelling.


The origin of the word capital is associated with the word table. Once the main place at the table was called the throne. The city in which the prince lived was called the capital.

1. Which states’ capitals are the listed cities. Write.

Sample. Moscow is capital of Russia.

Kyiv — ______________________________.

Tbilisi — _____________________.

Minsk — ____________________________.

Riga — ______________________________.

2. Read. Insert the missing letters. Underline related words.

M_skvoy — the st_lyceum all the people are proud of. Hello, old people, hello, M_skva, hello, Moscow sky. The capital theater came to our city on tour.


1. Make a sentence from the given words.

Tourists, to, mountainous, get, camp, evening.


2. Read. Insert the missing letters. Write related words. Break it down by composition.

We are going to camp, we are going to camp, we are leaving for camp. Two aunts once walked past the camp gates and asked young citizens: — Whose garden is this? (A. Barto)


3. Make phrases.

Rest, rest, trip, camp, camp

voucher, bonfire, holiday, opening

1. The word dinner comes from the word food with the prefix ob- and used to mean not myself daily meal, and the time before and after meals.

2. Replace the expression with one word.

Meal in the middle of the day — ___________________

Evening meal — _______________________________

Eat at dinner — __________________

Before dinner — ____________

Eat breakfast — ________________________________

Eat dinner — ________________________________

3. When so say «feed breakfast»?

4. Insert the correct word.

Lying on the stove, so be quiet about ___________. Here’s salt for you, bread and a spoon — potatoes are cooked to _________. (E. Blaginina) Not dear __________, but dear hello.


1. In what geographical names (in the names of seas, rivers, cities) is there black or yellow color? Write.

2. Pick up words that are close in meaning.

Yellow, _______________________

Black, ____________________________

3. Choose the opposite word.

White ___________________

4. Replace the expression with one word.

Become yellow — ____________________________.

Become black — ____________________________.

Diminutive for the word «Y_lty» — ___________________________.

Diminutive for the word «Black» — ___________________________.

Shaded yellow — ___________________________.

Shaded black — ___________________________.

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