Reading in 3rd grade focuses on comprehension, fluency and building vocabulary.

Third graders read a variety of texts for different purposes such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry,

chapter books, folk tales, fairy tales and fables.

Bald Eagle Area School District uses a Balanced Literacy approach in elementary school.

Balanced Literacy encompasses reading and writing.

Below are 4 components of reading within this framework.


Read Aloud



Shared Reading



Guided Reading



Independent Reading


Accelerated Reader (AR)


Brian Cambourne's Model Of Learning