3rd Grade - 3rd Grade Reading Comprehension, Part 2

Reading and Comprehension
3rd grade reading comprehension, part 2
Ask questions and support answers by connecting prior knowledge with literal information found in, and inferred from, the text.
The ability to read a text and ask questions that make sense with what is happening in the text. The ability to answer their own questions by using their background knowledge and connecting it with what is happening in the text.

Sample Problems


Do you have any questions about what you just read?


Can you reread to answer your own questions?


Have you ever been in the same situation that the character in the text is in?


How do you think you would feel if you were in the same situation as the character?


Have you learned about what we’re reading before such as in another book or at home?

Learning Tips


As you are reading with your child, ask them if there were any questions that popped into their mind as they were reading. Discuss these questions with your child.


It is important for readers to understand how to clarify questions for themselves. For example, if they have a question about what a word means they can use the glossary. If they have a question about an event in the story maybe they should reread to make sure they didn’t miss something or continue to read.


Sometimes students will have questions that do not have direct answers in the text but must be inferred. If your child is inferring, ask them what details from the story helped them to make the inference.


In fiction stories, students can use prior knowledge to make connections with the text by thinking about a time when they were in the same situation as a character in the story.


In nonfiction text, students can think about something they already know about the topic that can help them with the reading.

Extra Help Problems


Read a page from your independent reading book. Write a question that came to mind as you were reading.


Reread the page you read and try to find clues to help you answer your own question. Write the answer to your question.


The title of a book is: The Mystery of the Missing Teddy Bear. What thoughts come to mind about what the story might be about?


The title of a book is: The Mystery of the Missing Teddy Bear. What would be a good question one might have after finding out the title of the book?


In Pippi Longstocking chapter 1, did you have any questions about Pippi?


In Pippi Longstocking chapter 1, the sailors thought Pippi Longstoncking was very strong. Do you think Pippi liked that people thought she was strong?


In Pippi Longstocking chapter 2, Annilka and Tommy were excited to go see Pippi. How do you act when you get excited?


In Sarah Plain and Tall chapter 1, a student read the first page and had a question. Which question would make sense with what was happening on the first page? A) Who is Sarah? B) How much does a sandwich cost? C) Why did Caleb start crying?


In Sarah Plain and Tall chapter 1, Anna told Caleb that his mother likes to sing and he was happy. Do you have a younger sibling or cousin? What kinds of things make them happy?


In Sarah Plain and Tall chapter 1, Caleb and Anna were happy when Papa read them the letter from Sarah. Do you like receiving letters? Why or why not?


In Sarah Plain and Tall chapter 2, Papa had lots of work on the farm before he went to pick up Sarah. What does your mom or dad do when they have to work?


A student read the part in chapter 2 when Caleb first meets Sarah and they had a question. What question makes sense with what was happening at this point in the story? A) Why did Sarah leave? B) Why did Anna go to school? C) Why did Caleb ask Sarah if she brought the sea with her?


In Charlotte’s Web chapter 1, Charlotte has to ask her father permission to keep Wilbur. What kind of things have you asked your parents permission for?


In Charlotte’s Web chapter 2, Charlotte had to take Wilbur to live with her aunt and was only able to see him once a week. How would you feel if you had to give your pet away? Why?


In Charlotte’s Web chapter 3, Wilbur gets bored because he has to stay inside the barn and Charlotte can’t play with him as often as she used to. What do you do when you get bored?


In Charlotte’s Web chapter 4, a rainy day changes Wilbur’s plans. What plans change at your school when it rains?


Third Grade Recommended Reading List

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Li Lun: Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger

In the Year of the Boar & Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson


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