English / Year 3 / Language / Phonics and word knowledge

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how to use letter-sound relationships and less common letter patterns to spell words (ACELA1485)

Elaborations
  • using sound and visual spelling strategies to explore less common letter patterns after a short vowel, for example words that end in ‘dge’ such as ‘badge’, ‘edge’, ‘fridge’, ‘dodge’ and ‘smudge’
  • using sound and visual spelling strategies to spell words with three-letter blends, for example ‘str-ip’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Phonics,  Phonemes,  Compound words,  Morphemes,  Spelling

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Plurals '-s' and '-ies'

This is an interactive resource about plurals, focusing on the use of '-ies' and '-s'. The resource presents four quizzes where the user selects plural endings for up to 30 words ending in 'y'. The user is tested on knowledge, speed and accuracy, and upon completion of each quiz there are scores for the number of questions ...

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BBC Skillswise: wordsearch '-tion' - activity

This is a wordsearch about the common letter pattern 'tion'. Students search a grid of letters to find 13 examples of words containing or ending with the 'tion' letter pattern, written horizontally, vertically or diagonally on the grid. Students can choose to play the game against the clock. A 'How to play' screen provides ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Letter planet: igh, ear, str

Help a stranded space traveller return home by filling three fuel tanks with words that have the same letter pattern. Select words with combinations of 'igh', 'ear' or 'str'. Read and listen to model words. Select similar words with the same pattern and place them in the fuel tank. Then construct sentences by putting words ...

Teacher resource

Spelling - sorting words

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text illustrating the use of explicit teaching in year 3, year 7 and year 8 English classes to build spelling knowledge across the years of schooling. The video shows the three class teachers engaging in professional ...

Moving Image

A resourceful guide to prefixes and suffixes

Do you know what a prefix and a suffix is? Watch this clip as it explains what they are. Can you think of some words that have been created using a prefix or a suffix that are not included in this clip?

Teacher resource

A comparison of the effectiveness of two strategy tutoring programs for children with persistent spelling difficulties

This teacher resource describes a small-scale research study into the capacity of two strategies of one-on-one tutoring (Look-Say-Cover-Write-Say-Check and Old Way/New Way - Mediational Learning) to help primary school students with persistent difficulties develop effective spelling strategies. It is presented in nine sections: ...

Teacher resource

Focused analysis - spelling

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text on using spelling analysis to inform differentiated teaching and learning in a year 3 English class. In the vignette, teaching colleagues discuss how and why they will differentiate using explicit teaching and flexible ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Super stories: The Abandoned House: verbs and adverbs

Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective verbs and adverbs to increase the impact of the story by making it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events.

Assessment resource

Super stories: verbs and adverbs: assessment

Assess your ability to choose effective verbs, adverbs and illustrations to increase the impact of a horror story and make it scarier. Explain the reasoning behind some of your choices.

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: my heritage: entertain, inform and persuade

This curriculum resource package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of texts that inform and persuade. The seven lesson plans model a range of literacy teaching ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry and song texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: recounting the past: community celebrations

This curriculum package provides teachers with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a five-week unit of work for students in years 1-3. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of recount texts. The lessons model a range of literacy teaching and learning ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry and recounts: confident communicators 2

This curriculum resource is the second of a two-part package that provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a term of work to help students become confident communicators. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of poetry ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: entertaining through poetry and recounts: confident communicators 1

This curriculum resource is the first of a two-part package that provides teachers of years 1-3 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a term of work to help students become confident communicators. The focus is on developing and extending students’ knowledge and understandings of recount ...

Teacher resource

Creating change as a literacy coach

This teacher resource describes how a literacy coach made a substantial difference to students' literacy achievements, teachers' involvement in literacy strategies and whole-school culture at Allendale East Area School in South Australia. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons ...

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: Language of geography

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice in a support unit on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 examines the processes of reading and writing using a variety of texts and resources. Illustration 2 supports the development of required knowledge and understandings ...

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BBC Bitesize: suffixes

This is one of a collection of six very brief printable information sheets that cover specific topics concerning spelling and word creation. In this particular resource, students are given a definition of a suffix, examples of four common suffixes (-ly, -ful, -able, and -er), the meanings of the suffixes and examples of ...

Teacher resource

Web-based literacy intervention for struggling readers

This teacher resource describes the Academy of READING online strategy implemented at Palmyra Primary School in Western Australia to help years 2 and 3 students who were making little progress in reading. The resource is organised in eight sections: Summary, Target student group, Method, Results, Lessons learned, Research ...

Teacher resource

Principals as Literacy Leaders Project

This teacher resource describes the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) professional learning strategy aimed at strengthening the capability of school principals to bring about improvement in the reading abilities of students in low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The resource ...